'The Pony Problem,' Dutton, 1977; Puffin, 1993
When Jean Monroe wins Hopscotch in a "Name the Pony" contest, she can't believe her good luck. And her neighbors don't want to believe it.
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Out of nowhere, Mrs. Wilcox sprang up at them, waving a leaf rake.
"Oh, no you don't!" she screamed. "Get out of this yard!"
Hopscotch shied and Jean lost her reins. Thrown off course, too fast to stop, unswerving, they headed for the swimming pool.
Mrs. Wilcox screamed again.
The edge wasn't high, and Hopscotch never hesitated. Neat and clean, with her ears pricked forward, she jumped into the swimming pool and landed with a crashing splash in three feet of water.
Water rose in a great sweeping sheet and soaked Mrs. Wilccox, and Jean fell into the pool....
"The book leaves behind a warm feeling of satisfaction."
--The New York Times
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