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Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse [Hardcover]

By Jean Ekman Adams (Author)
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While visiting a western ranch, Clarence the pig plays cards, line dances, plays the washtub in a cowboy band, and reads stories at bedtime with his new friend Smoky the purple horse.

Publishers Description
This talented author/illustrator makes her picture-book debut and introduces young children to two delightful characters and their most unusual friendship.

Clarence, a small pig with a nice apartment in the city, is very excited about the vacation he is taking to a ranch Out West, and about the bus ride that will take him there. But when Clarence arrives at the ranch, he is too late for dinner, he doesn't know anybody, and he realizes he forgot his favorite pillow -- even though he packed very carefully. Things begin to look brighter the next morning when Clarence meets Smoky, a large purple horse, and they become fast friends. But their friendship is threatened when Smoky is no longer needed at the ranch. Will Clarence find a way for the two to stay together?

Jean Ekman Adams's whimsical art and storytelling give these characters a personality that every child will fall in love with. Readers will laugh out loud at Clarence's and Smoky's antics and find a tender place in their hearts for the friendship that is formed between this unlikely pair.

Awards and Recognitions
Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse by Jean Ekman Adams has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association Regional Book Award - 2001 Winner - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse by Jean Ekman Adams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 03/06/2000 page 109
  • Booklist - 04/01/2000 page 1466
  • School Library Journal - 06/01/2000 page 100
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 260
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 260

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Rising Moon
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.93" Width: 9.32" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Rising Moon
Age  4-8
ISBN  0873587537  
ISBN13  9780873587532  

Availability  3 units.
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More About Jean Ekman Adams

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Adams obtained a degree in English from Arizona State University.

Jean Ekman Adams currently resides in the state of Colorado. Jean Ekman Adams was born in 1942.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Pigs > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Action & Adventure
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Where We Live > Country Life
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Where We Live > Farm Life > Fiction
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

Reviews - What do customers think about Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse?

Wonderful books!  Oct 17, 2007
My daughter fell in love with the Clarence and Smokey books a few years ago, and now that she's 7 she still loves to read them regularly. The three books in the series are hard to find, but they are some of the funnest children's books around!
This is a wonderful book!  Jan 11, 2006
Clarence really has it all. He's a "wee" pig with a nice apartment in the city. And he is fortunate enough to take a vacation. He's excitedly boarding a bus for a ranch out west. Clarence is even excited about the bus ride.

Things look pretty gloomy when Clarence arrives at the ranch. He's too late for dinner, he's forgotten his favorite pillow, and there isn't a familiar face in sight.

Life is brighter when the next morning Clarence meets Smoky, a large purple horse. They become fast friends and partake in simple adventures together. But when Smoky is no longer needed at the ranch, Clarence fears he'll never see his friend again. Clarence must figure out a way to keep his friend with him. Will he?

Clarence has pluck! And his sense of adventure is wonderfully refreshing. The delightful illustrations add so much to this lovely story of friendship and "going the extra mile" to stay together.

I found myself chuckling numerous times when I looked at the pictures of Clarence packing, having snacks on the bus and line dancing with Smoky. But my favorite is the last illustration in the book as it represents love and friendship.

Armchair Interviews says: Children will enjoy Clarence and Smoky's adventures and we suspect their parents and grandparents will also.

Darling book about friendship!  Oct 15, 2002
One of our teaching assistants came to me and begged for this title to be added to the library collection. After checking the book out online, I ordered it. To my delight, it arrived in my book order, and I immediately read it to my 2nd graders in library. We all fell in love with Clarence and Smoky. Both characters are well written and delighfully drawn. The simplistic storyline can easily be read by beginning readers. This is a must for every personal collection!
A Special Tale of Love and Friendship.....  Dec 12, 2001
Clarence, a city dwelling little pig, sets out on his first big vacation to a dude ranch, out west. After a long and interesting bus ride, he arrives and meets Smoky, a very large and friendly purple horse who introduces him to all the pleasures of western ways. Smoky takes him on long rides through the mountains and canyons, teaches Clarence to play cards with the boys, line dance, and perform on the washtub in a cowboy band. They eat, nap, and even read stories together. It's a wonderful week. But as his vacation comes to an end, Smoky tells Clarence he's getting too old to work on the ranch anymore, and is going to be sold. Best friends are hard to come by, and Clarence can't stand the thought of never seeing his favorite horse again. So he uses all his bus money to buy Smoky, and together they begin the long ride back to the city. It may take years, but as long as they're together, they have all the time in the world..... Jean Ekman Adams has written a delightful story with a gentle message about loyalty, compassion, and friendship, that won't be lost on young readers. Her simple and engaging text, with its satisfying, happily ever after ending, is beautifully enhanced by her charming, bold, and vibrant illustrations, full of endearing ranch characters, and subtle, humorous detail. Perfect for youngsters 3-7, Clarence Goes Out West And Meets A Purple Horse, is a sweet and entertaining, feel good story, that is sure to put a smile on everyone's face. This soon-to-be classic, is a picture book youngsters will beg to read again and again.
Fun life lessons  May 8, 2001
Not only does my daughter thoroughly enjoy Clarence & Smoky & the colorful illustrations, but I like the idea that she's getting fun lessons on compassion, friendship & priorities. Having lived in the big city & now finding myself in "the West," I truly enjoy this book myself. (Or perhaps it's my similar tendencies to pack my favorite snacks & not enough clothes when I travel...)This is one of the few books I don't mind reading 4 times before bed!

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