Sandy Holden Karen Morton Miss Asher Cynthia and Amanda Russle-Verne Tarka-Sandy's pony Sprog-Karen's borrowed pony
11 year old Sandy and her family move from the city of Tretot to the country when Mr Holden recives a job transfer. The whole family are excited,especialy Sandy who loves horses more than anything but until now has had to be content with riding at the city stables where the highlight was a two minute canter on a patch of waste land. The moment the family move Sandy begins searching for the perfect pony but quickly relises it's not as easy as just finding one for sale and has a few adventures along the way,incuding being bolted with and meeting the rich, snobby Russle-Verne sisters. Just when Sandy is feeling like she will never find a pony of her own she meets Karen who introduces her to Tarka and Sandy knows she has found her pony.
I found this book to be a lovely read,definitly a book for a lazy afternoon. It is a fairly simple story but the girl/pony relationship is well done and the story moves along at a nice pace,giving you a chance to get to know the characters without getting tedious. Nothing was overdone,which keeps the simplicity going,and the adventures the two girls have are amusing. In all i would give this book 4/5....it does lack a bit of the traditional spark but is well written an enjoyable to read.
Thanks for the review tinuveil. I do agree with you. Its a nice simple story, doesnt quite have the oomph factor of some of her best books but worth a read. I would probably rate it about 3/5 (3 horseshoes)
Which edition did you read. Was it the little paperback Spitfire one or the hardback?
I have only read the Spitfire edition which was the first ed. But the other books which were first published in Spitfire, then later republished (Jacky Jumps to the Top and Afraid to Ride) were expanded quite a lot in the later editions so I assume this one was too. I will have to get my hands on a Collins hb ed and see what the diffs are.
Tinuveil. It was short but sweet! I love reading other peoples reviews. They dont have to be as long as mine. I tend to witter on a bit but its just force of habit from my degree days when I used to write long lit crit essays! So anyone else who fancies a go at reviewing don't be put off thinking you have to write pages and pages or go into a lot of detail. Its just nice to hear different peoples perspectives on books.
God forbid I should give any one tips but I tend to look for themes in the story, how the character is explored and the relationship between horse and heroine/hero. I find that doing the review (as with the reading circle) makes you get more out of the book/find stuff you didnt realise was there before. For instance my next review (the Silver Bridle - coming soon!) made me realise that nearly all the authors books have the same recurrent theme in them which I'd never really picked up on before.
Hi its dead easy (must be if I can do it lol) at the top of the thread beside where it has reply etc there should be an option which says 'add poll' click on this and then just enter the poll question and the options to choose from in the boxes. Just copy what is on the other polls. I would add it for you but strangely it doesnt let the administrator add polls to other people's posts.
Hi, I'm new here. Found your site while looking for this book in fact. I am nearly 50 and I still remember reading this story when I was about 10. The very beginning of it gave me such a wonderful excitment. As Sandy is walking up the drive to her new house. I just have to find this book and read it one more time. I had a bunch of the little spitfire books, I loved them all. Kimmy
Its funny how even after so many years we can still remember the excitement we felt reading our books. I remember one Christmas getting one of those Armada pony box sets and every time I seen one of them on ebay I get a little tingle as I recall how excited I was to get it!
There doesnt seem to be a copy of First Pony around at the mo (except for one at an exorbitant price) but as I am something of a dealer in pony books I will keep my eyes out for one and let you know if I spot a copy
Hi, This is the first time I've ever posted on a forum. I also found your site while looking for this book. Like Kimmy, I am in my 40s and I still remember reading this story when I was a child. It is one book I read over and over, so much so I remember the name Tarka. A wonderful book that I'd love to read again. Cathy.
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
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fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
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Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
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cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
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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.
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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?
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Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
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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!
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Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
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Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
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Claire: Or even internet lol
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brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
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Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
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Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
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Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
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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.
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