A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Positive Role Models
The younger sister is relegated to a secondary role in the more dramatic moments of the story.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marguerite Henry's classic story of two kids capturing and taming a wild pony, first published in 1947, has thrilled horse lovers for generations. Some young readers used to lots of action may be put off by the slow pace and lengthy descriptions.
Is It Any Good?
Horse lovers for generations have thrilled to this tale of wild ponies who resist capture at every turn. The setting and Marguerite Henry's vivid writing style work to make it rise above your average child-and-horse story. Set in the Tidewater area of Virginia, the book is filled with that region's colorful dialect ("Seems as if the devil is allus sittin' cross-legged of me").
Younger readers will quickly find themselves involved in the drama of this captivating tale, but those used to today's fast pace and relentless action may find the book slow. Readers of all ages will enjoy Wesley Dennis' illustrations of the wild ponies, but they may find that his depictions of the children don't help pinpoint the children's ages, which are not given in the text either.
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