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A young girl finds that the injured, disheveled pony she buys out of pity at an auction is really the black stallion of her dreams.
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Houghton Mifflin
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Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another childhood favourite.
Rena Sherwood
There are very few perfect horse stories in the world and Doodlebug deserves to be known as one. I first read my soon-to-be-battered Scholastic edition when I was about nine years old and still have not outgrown the simple beauty of this story after 40+ years. Of course, having amazing illustrations helped, too.

This has some key elements of a great American horse story, without being sappy:

* Likeable heroine you can easily identify with
* Hero equine has a great name
* Family that is poor but har
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a child and found it utterly beautiful how the young girl helps the horse become more than anyone ever thought it was capable of being. It was also a very heart-warming experience that the child was very responsible and the parents leveled with the child once she had brought home her pony. There was no sassy attitude where the child "pulled one over on her parents" and ultimately won. There was teamwork and cooperation and heroism in the form of a young, hard-working and responsib ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A delightful story of a girl and her pony with wonderful black and white illustrations by the author. This is one of those classics that it is sad that so few of today's children will be attracted to it because of its "old fashion" appearance. If you know of a girl in love with horses, please introduce her to this book! ...more
Sep 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
I loved the illustrations. Doodlebug's coat was so shiny once he was all fixed up! ...more
Melissa  Rosenthal
My favorite childhood book. I must have read it a half a dozen times.
Christian West
A very cute book about a girl who buys a horse to save it from the butcher. She's embarrassed by the look of her horse (all matted and ugly) but grows to love him by the end. It's sweet.

The illustrations are done in pencil-art, but interestingly the horse is presented as the main focus of each picture - he is nearly always darker than the other characters, and it adds a charm not often seen with these kind of drawings.
Kylie Abecca
While this story was adorable, I personally didn’t like Jennifer’s attitude right from the start, especially that she felt that competing with Myra was more important than appreciating what she had. Also, she didn’t seem all that keen on Doodlebug at all until she discovered the truth about him. Personally I feel Doodlebug would have been in much better hands at the other stables than stuck with a rotten little turn like Jennifer.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
I think I was in first grade when my grandparents gave me this book as a gift. I fell in love with Doodlebug and his shiny coat! How can you not fall in love with Doodlebug? He was rescued from the slaughterhouse and then found by his true owners who let Doodlebug stay at his new home.
Megan Henderson
This is a sweet little story about a girl who wants a beautiful black stallion and finds herself with a ratty, limping black pony. He’s not what she dreamed of but he becomes very important to her and she discovers he’s much more than he first appeared.
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Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any child.
I was big into horses when I was a kid, so this book about a rescued auction horse really made me smile.
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