IndepenPress Publications kindly sent me a copy of this children’s horse story to read and review.
Shelly Finds her Dream Pony follows the desire and dedication of a ten year old girl named Shelly. Shelly dreams of one day owning her own pony, and puts in the hard yards by saving from her paper round to gain enough to buy a horse. Her parents help her infatuation by finding her an opportunity to help out at a local riding school. After doing this for nearly a year, Shelly is given the opportunity to learn to ride.
A surprise by her parents in line with her fourteenth birthday means that Shelly can look for her own horse to buy – and keep it at home! The young horse enthusiast then has to work hard to find the horse that fits in with her dreams of a perfect pony.
A New Forest Pony by the name of Chelsea captures Shelly’s attention. The story follows the adventures the pair have together once Shelly secures her very own horse.
Shelly Finds her Dream Pony is a good look at how much time and effort needs to go into learning about horses, saving for them and looking after them. It follows Shelly from the age of 10 up until 16, but is more suited to the younger reader (8 – 10) based on the way it’s written.
Once Shelly gains her pony, the story seems to step away a little from being so realistic. Anything Shelly could need to own and look after a horse is provided by family members through birthday and Christmas presents; Shelly is able to go out and about exploring with another friend on a young green horse that perhaps isn’t the best representation of a first horse owner’s suitable mount and her first show results in an awful lot of success.
This children’s story is an entertaining read but I feel at times loses a bit of reality through things fitting together so nicely for the first time horse owner. It is a great story about the lengths that one horse lover can go to, to gain a horse however. The chapters are short and sweet and accompanied by many fitting illustrations, also by the author. A good acquisition for a young horse fan.
Author and illustrator: Michelle Holland
Fiction – early pre-teens
In my library? It is! I was able to receive a review copy of this novel and am sure it’s a great addition for the young reader.
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“If I had a horse, I’d ride off in the sunset, where dreams, and shadows lie. To a life, where pain and sorrow don’t exist, and to where hopes, and dreams become reality.” – Lindsay Turcotte