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The Other Saddle

WILD BLUE by Dashka Slater illustrated by Laura Hughes imagines a bicycle as a horse for a city girl's wild adventure ride.

Characters: Kayla, Kayla's Dad

Theme: Ride and adventure

Conflict: Taming something wild

Perspective: First person

Style: descriptive narrative

Plot: Kayla's Daddy notices that she has outgrown her pink bicycle (pony) and takes her to buy a bigger bike (horse). Kayla struggles to learn how to ride her new wild horse, falling on the sidewalk and scraping her knee. Her Dad takes her to the park where she can practice on softer turf. Once she tames her wild blue, she rides (gallops) through the park (prairie).

Setting: city street, city park


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