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Pony parade helps get kids on the reading horse.

Glendale, Ariz., recently encourage all its 4th-graders to read The Black Stallion. The kids devoured Walter Farley's 1941 children's classic, along with other titles in the series, as part of a six-week unit created by the Black Stallion Literacy Project. In addition to reading the books and discussing horses, the students complete tie-in activities during science, math and social studies sessions. The project culminated in a show complete with tricks and dances from Arabian, quarter and paint horses. About 4,000 students enjoyed the entertainment.

"We wanted to use the horses to get them interested in reading," project coordinator Lucian Spataro told the Arizona Republic. And as everyone knows, once you lead a kid to reading, you can really make her think.

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Title Annotation:Grades 4-6; Black Stallion Literacy Project
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U8AZ
Date:May 1, 2004
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