One of my favourite books as a young girl was "The Treasure of gems" by R.M. Ballantyne. I loved it and took a long time to forgive my sister for giving it away as she deemed it "a boy's book". I have never been able to find another copy. I have two boys and a girl; the girl played with cars and the boys with the dollhouse. edwar the eldest loved Barbie dolls, but I think he admired her figure rather than play dress ups. He can't wait until his daughter is old enough for Barbie dolls! All the children liked pony books. Stephen's favourites were the Alison Estes "Short Stirrup" series. Edward and Rowena liked the older English books. One of my favourite pony book characters is David from CPT's The First Rosette. My husband was a great animal lover and used to collect stray dogs and cats. He handed this propensity onto his daughter, who once wrote in a school essay, "I learnt from my father to care about people and animals who are in need. My mother lets me keep the animals but she makes me send the people on." The point of my rambling is that gender specific was only an issue with my sister when she gave away my favourite book!. A good story is always a good story .
(and, err...., confession, I certainly had crushes on both David Balfour (Kidnapped by Rudyard Stevenson) and Kim, aka Kimball O'Hara (Kim by Rudyard Kipling).
I had a massive crush on Jim Hawkins from Treasure Island for several years, David Balfour became a secondary crush just because he was written by the same author.
It does irritate me that all pony books are supposedly for girls. I think that trend has got worse recently. I'm not really fussed abot the gender of the main characters myself but I like it when the balance is fairly even.
I think The best books are the mixed books Boys and Girls, yes I loved the Famous Five and JPT's Pony Club books both the Noel and Henry and the newer one with the crippled Jocky, David I think his name was. Hi All Im hoping to be back a bit more now. Things are finally starting to carm down.
Claire: Hi all, don't forget we will be having a bit of Halloween themed fun with a ghostly group read, a magical film to watch and I will also be adding Halloween themed quizzes.
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Pony_Mad_Girl_😀🐴: woops sorry, do you have Pony Club Secrets or First Day at Pony Club. Orposs
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Pony girl: Susan, have you tried searching for books by Josephine Pullen-Thompson and Stacy Gregg. Hope this helps, Pony Girl 🐴👩🏻
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amber marshall: I found this web sight and wanted to see if any of my heartland fans are here
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Claire: Happy Easter all. Spring quizzes added, also there is a spring group read starting soon!
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katie: I think its time for a new marshmellow
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sofa: hi claire, i was wondering if amber marshall actually commented on here or was it someone pretending to be her
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Bee Movie: According to all known laws of aviation,
there is no way a bee should be able to fly.
Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground.
The bee, of course, flies anyway
because bees don't care
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horse reader: i love horses and pony< do you think you can give me some tips to riding?
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Claire: Hi all, just to remind you, our group read this Autumn is the new Caroline Akrill book. We are having a change this year and not doing a spooky book as this one is too good to miss!
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Claire: Happy Christmas to all - don't forget to check out the Christmas quiz section, take part in the festive reading group and win some great prizes!
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oheroewahrohr: have a good day!
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ZZ: HI! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
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cutie: I love horses!
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Claire: Hi all don't forget we have the usual Christmas quizzes and competitions in the Quizzes & Puzzles section. Happy Christmas !
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Claire: Hi all I will keep the Christmas quizzes up til the end of the month then remove the Christmas sub-board to the forum members only section.
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Hillary Duff: Hey, Hillary Duff here, just wanted to shout-out on here and say, I have been a long time fan of the ponybooks.proboards.com, I love the reviews, and I love the community, thanks so much for all the years .
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