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Summer Pony (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Paperback – April 22, 2008
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About the Author
Ruth Sanderson has illustrated books for children of all ages, including the first paperback covers for the entire Black Stallion series. She lives with her family in Ware, Massachusetts, and her favorite hobby is horseback riding.
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I find it utterly disgraceful that Random House has issued these books in altered form without ever so stating.
Summer Pony 2008
It was a gloomy gray day in March. A threat of late snow was in the air when the station wagon bumped to a stop by the shabby barn.
Ginny was shivering. She got out of the car and waited for her mother. Somehow, everything here seemed awful and unreal. This was the day her dreams were supposed to come true. She was going to have a pony, a pony of her own, for the whole summer ahead.
Plans had already been made with the owner of the Sweetbriar Pony Farm. She could choose any one of all the ponies in his stable. But something was wrong. They must have made a wrong turn off the main road. Nobody could keep ponies in a place like this.
She could feel the cold mud oozing through her sneakers. Her mother came up beside her. She wore a hopeful look on her face. She was trying to make the best of a bad situation. "Here we are, dear. I wonder where Mr. Dobbs can be?"
Summer Pony 1973
It was a miserable gray day in March, with a threat of late snow in the air, when the station wagon bumped to a stop by the shabby barn.
Ginny was shivering as she got out of the car and waited for her mother. Somehow, everything here seemed unpleasant and unreal.Read more ›
Do yourself a favor and only buy the original copies of any of Jean Slaughter Doty's books. They are wonderful in their original form.
I think I would have liked a bit more of the reality factor as I was reading it, but did note that it had a lot more realism when it concerns horses/ponies than what I read at a comparable age. It shows that the author is a pony breeder/owner herself, and did a pretty good job of balancing the horrors of horse ownership with keeping it fun for the Equine-smitten kids.
When I had my first horse and pony, I knew next to nothing about their care, other than what I'd been able to glean out of horse books at the time; which wasn't much. There was so much less available at the time.
I did like that the hazards of tying horses out on long ropes was mentioned, as well as the colic episode, although the family got off pretty easy in both cases. Kids should probably be glad that Doty wrote this rather than myself, because I probably would have scared them blue with all my memories of things that happened to horses and novices.
All in all, I thought it had a nice balance of reality vs. longings. Such as winning a third place ribbon, instead of a blue, for example.
Another review mentioned that this was not the original text, and perhaps had I known that earlier, I would have gone with the other edition, but if your child is young and horse smitten, they are probably not going to notice the difference a whole lot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was perfect for my ten year old granddaughter. She has not developed the love of reading that I had as a child (thanks to the Internet).. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue Torbush
Love thse little series! I used to read these when I was young. Glad to see they still hold up well. Even enjoyed myself as an adult!Published 2 months ago by Pamla Mixter
My daughter could not put it down. Afterwards I had to order her the winter pony book right away. Great set!Published 2 months ago by Alison Polly