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The Big Pony Race: 07/01/08
The third of my series of Dora the Explorer reviews is The Big Pony Race by Erica David. It's one of the more recent Dora books but it sticks pretty close to the formula.
In The Big Pony Race Dora and Boots help a lost horse named Jenny make her way back in time for a race. To get there, they must follow Map's path and cross two obstacles. The journey teaches Jenny the skills and confidence she needs to run the race.
At the back of the book the story asks parents to discuss happiness with their children. Apparently this book illustrates the emotion. Isn't Dora usually happy in her adventures? This "Play-to-Learn" Fundamental in the back seems pretty forced. Otherwise, though, it's a delightful book if your child is a fan of Dora.