No its more of a general animal series with added ponies. However horses are mentioned right from the start with Carrie's longing for a horse of her own, and also the fantasy horse and the sequence in the Elysian fields in which she meets all the famous horses of yesteryear which I always find delightfully quirky. This runs thru the book as a constant equine theme. But yes there is some real life pony action coming up.
I'm about half way thru as I got distracted by an adult mystery book I was also reading which I then couldnt put down as really wanted to find out what happened. No disrespect to the readability of Monica's book but I have read that one a number of times before so I wasnt quite as desperate to find out what happened next!
I'll keep plugging along....have been distracted too, with an adult book, for me a re-reading of Richard Hooker's M*A*S*H, the book on which the movie and later (to a lesser extent) the tv series were based upon
I haven't ever come across this one although I have read all the others. I went to the local library and I found two other horse series new to me, so I read one and a half (meeting my daughter so had the spare time) One was Jenny Oldfield, Black pearl Ponies and the other was I think Wildfield, that one I got half way through and would like to finish it. In the meantime I am looking out for House; I am assuming that is the first one in the series so would like to read it.
Vera there's a spare copy or two knocking around so ask if you'd like to borrow one
Was that Wildwood Stables series by Suzanne Weyn. I've seen them at my library too but havent got round to reading them. What did you think of Black Pearl? I didnt rate the Ranch ones by her that much.
it would cost too much to send a book to Aus, especially as I can probably pick it up cheaply, just have to find the right shop! Thanks for the offer though. I was not overly impressed with Black Pearl for the same reason not overly impressed with the Ranch ones. Children too young taking on too much responsibility and very predictable story lines. But I like the way she depicts horses. Yes it was Wildwood Stables by Suzanne Weyn. I was enjoying it; it seemed to have a little more depth of character and I liked the horse and pony. (Prince Albert and Pixie). They only had the one, No 2, whether the others were out on loan or just not part of their stock I don't know. I may try the main library in town one day.
Hope you find a copy cheap then vera, tho it doesnt cost a huge amount to send small pbs to Australia, but I suppose if you had to pay the postage back to who-ever lent it you'd prob be better spending it buying the actual book!
Well I have finished now. How is everyone else doing? I thought we might try something a little different for this book. I've noticed that a lot of adult novels have notes in the back for reading groups and list a few points which people may like to discuss - so thought I'd give it a go on our reading circle, and thought up a few discussion points for us. You can ignore any of them/all of them if you prefer and write whatever you want!
* Did you enjoy the book (obvious question!)
* If you have read the Follyfoot series, how do you think this book compares to it?
* Did you feel there was a lack of realism in the book? If so was this a good or a bad thing?
* Who was your favourite character in the book, if you had one.
* What did you feel about the children's parents, especially the father?
* What were the good and bad points of the book in your opinion?
I did enjoy this series (no surprises there then ;D) I liked the Follyfoot series more though as it's for older children.
What a wonderful place World's End is. I could quite happily have lived there with a menagerie! I didn't have a favourite character but I did love to hate the awful Aunt Valentina and Uncle Rudolph. What a selfish pair they were. And their father too.
I wish this series and the Follyfoot books had been illustrated.
I did enjoy the book too but like Rosie I preferred the Follyfoot series, probably because it was more about horses. I liked the humour in World's End, it could be lighter in tone than Follyfoot as it wasn't about cruelty as much as Follyfoot dealt with. I dont think the book was very realistic. I see it as a wish fulfillment of all animal-loving children.Again, like Rosie, I would have loved to live there! I liked Carrie best, and also Lester. I saw the father as very selfish and a fantasist. The sort of person who should never have had children!
I do love the series. As rosie and darkhorse say its a fantasy life for anyone who loves animals, and of course kids alone without parents for supervision is every child's dream! Not realistic really, but I dont think it suffers for that. In fact I like the quirkiness and the odd bits of fantasy where Carrie and later John the horse visit all the legendary horses (as I said earlier). I think the book is also very British in all the eccentric characters, even the animals are eccentric!
Comparing to Follyfoot, I probably like both series equally but in different ways. Follyfoot is darker, more realistic, less humourous (tho it does have humour) and is more heavyweight. However in a way both series deal with people's attitudes and particularly cruelty to animals, and are both a lot about rescuing animals.
Going on to the father. When I read the book as a kid I didnt really see the father as that selfish, but now I do. I am not sure what Monica's attitude to him was as she has the children saying something along the lines of 'he's doing what lots of people would like to if they had the courage' (sorry cant remember exact quote) - in other words does she approve of people living such an alternative lifestyle. Certainly she seems to make the children's alternative life at World's End more appealing than the more 'normal' lifestyle of their uncle and aunt. And their father is portrayed as a dashing figure who looks like a pirate, whereas the aunt and uncle are unappetizing almost laughable figures. But on the other hand, as the series progresses past this particular book you get to see how the father's selfish attitude has repercussions. And even tho the Uncle and Aunt aren't pleasant it is actually them that provides for the children and not their father.
I like Michael and the special words he has for people such as Uncle Rhubarb and Miss Nutshell etc are funny. Carrie is a nice heroine as she really cares about animals. In fact I like all the characters, even the awful ones as they are so well done, if a bit over the top! I like the fact the animals as i said earlier have their own quirks and character traits such as the sheep that thinks he's a dog and the way John pretends to be lame to get out of doing things.
The only downside I think is that there is not much of a plot and it does ramble a little. I also think that people who don't like quirkiness or eccentricity and prefer things more down to earth may struggle with the book.
I agree with you Claire about the children missing both their parents even if they are having a fab time living in their own filth ;D I guess Monica was pointing out a stable family environment is really the best thing rather than a selfish father swaning off doing his own thing?
I also liked Michaels funny words like Uncle Rhubarb "don't call me that"
On the scrounge for a copy to borrow if there is one floating about!
Rescuing one animal does not change the world, but the world surely changes for that one animal.
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring- it was peace ~
Not yet, but I'm plugging away....it was a long weekend here in the US (Presidents Day) and I got distracted!
Re the father....what a skunk! Ok, I understand the joys of being footloose and fancy-free, but that ENDS (or should) when you decide to have children! Then the phrase that springs to mind is "criminal neglect".
And...um....I'm thinking Monica spent a little too much time imbibing the work of her illustrious ancestor......perhaps in actual Dickensian times, children would be allowed to live in a ramshackle house by themselves, but in 1970? "Ringy-dingy: Hello? Child Services? I'd like to report some abandoned children".
Was Tom not technically an adult? Is a 16 year old allowed to live on their own? Even so surely they wouldn't be allowed to be in charge of 3 children. (Mind you nowadays its possible for a 16 year old to have 3 kids of their own!!!) Not sure what the rules were back in 1970, or even today for that matter. Not to give too much away as a spoiler susan but there was actually someone from child services hovering about later in the book!
However yes, it does go with the rather unrealistic tone of the book, For me, I see the story as almost a fantasy, not something that could really happen. A fantasy of what animal mad kids would like to happen. A sharp contrast to the Follyfoot books which are full of realism.
Going back to the children missing their parents thing, it's after Lesters mum comes and tidies up the house for them in readiness for the "social workers" visit that they realise they miss the homely touch of their mother. And after all that the social worker thinks the house should be untidy so all the cleaning up was for nothing
Also their mother goes off with their father sailing in the later books, I think, if I remember correctly
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1