Hi all, has anyone, other than Susan and myself read this yet? If so did you enjoy it? DId you think it was a goods choice for a Christmas read? I'll be adding my comments tomorrow. Oh and don't forget to vote also.
Just finished it. Voted good. I thought in some ways it was a very good Christmas read, especially as it started on one Christmas and ended at the next. However, it was possibly a bit dark and downbeat, although it does have a very happy ending.
I thought it was a good read and a fairly good Christmas choice - as Darkhorse said, it spanned a year with a Christmas on either side and it also had the ubiquitous snow! I also thought it had a slight fairytale/Cinderella type quality with The Aunt as the Wicked Stepmother and Shillagh as the prize instead of the Prince! I did find it quite slow to get started and it was fairly downbeat for a lot of that time. It did tug at the emotional heart strings, with Nick beng a very sympathetic character. The Aunt was a truly horrible person who only ever showed Nick any care when she thought she had injured him and was in danger of being prosecuted. Nice ending, with a slight twist to it. Gypsies appeared but were presented as both good and bad. Always earns a bonus point for me when they aren't just portrayed with the usual cliched eye!
His Aunt was really horrible. What about when she wanted his dog to have puppies so she could get the money for them even though the vet had warned them against breeding from her? And the Uncle was totally spineless, letting her abuse her nephew like that. Did we ever have a top 10 of horrible characters? I'm sure she would have been up there.
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There were a lot of truly terrible people for just one kid's life! The aunt, the uncle and Shillagh's owner! The good ones were really good though....I loved how the owner's wife drover all over the countryside trying to track Shillagh down, and that the lady gypsy had held onto the horse, knowing that Nick loved her.
Yes I agree the evil was balanced by the good. Nick seemed to inspire a lot of love in others. I actually thought the owners wife (forgot her name at the minute) would adopt him.
I also liked the realism in the book, it didn't go down the unlikely (but often trod) route of having Nick magically transform Shillagh into a gentle loving horse almost immediately because of some 'special connection' or 'special way with horses' - indeed he gets badly kicked by her. I think all in all the book is something of a hidden gem and I do think Peggy Cannam is a little under-rated as an author of pony books. I think Triple Bar is one of the best of all the 'pony viewpoint' Black Beauty-style stories and her two pony/school stories are pretty good examples of that sub-genre.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Claire: Hi all, just to say I will be adding some Christmas quizzes and games in the next few days. There's also a prize comp to enter! Hope everyone has a great Christmas
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susan: hello, first time here. I am looking for various horse/pony books I read as a child. sadly, I cannot remember the titles, only what the story was about and perhaps a few of the characters. can someone help? am I in the correct place to do this? lmk
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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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Claire: Happy Easter all. Spring quizzes added, also there is a spring group read starting soon!
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