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The Party Pony
by Lucy Daniels (more about Lucy Daniels) 1369/335 illustrated by Andy Ellis
first published 2001
Nature and Animals for ages 6 to 9 published by Hodder & Stoughton Educational
Pat Posner's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
Mandy Hope loves animals. Her parents are the Animal Ark vets. In this 'little Animal Ark' story, Mandy Hope's friend, Pippa Simkins, has a lovely pony called Sparky. Sparky often goes to parties to give the guests rides, so he's known as the Party Pony.
What happens?
Mandy is really excited. Pippa is having a party of her own and she's asked Mandy to help get Sparky ready for it. But when Mandy's brushing Sparky she finds a swollen lump on his side. Mr Simkins phones Animal Ark and Mandy's mum hurries over. Sparky's been stung by a bee - just where his saddle goes. Mrs Hope takes the sting out and says Sparky will be all right but he mustn't wear his saddle for a few days. He can to go to the party but he won't be able to give rides. Poor Sparky loves giving rides, he won't understand why he can't do that at today's party. But when Mandy sees something in the barn, she thinks she might have an answer to the problem.
Is it easy to read?
Nice-sized print and short paragraphs. Andy Ellis's illustrations add to the story.
Anything else?
Although 'little Animal Ark' is for younger readers, Animal Ark fans of all ages will enjoy the stories in this series.
Other books by Lucy Daniels include Animals in the Ark, Badger in the Basement, Cat Crazy, Cats In The Castle, Dolphin in the Deep, Elephants In The East, Fawn in the Forest, Goat in the Garden, Hedgehogs in the Hall, Kittens in the Kitchen, Nine Lives Collection: Books 1 to 3, Pony in the Porch, Porpoise in the Pool, Puppies in the Pantry, Puppy in a Puddle, Sheepdog in the Snow, The Brave Bunny, The Clever Cat, The Curious Kitten, The Midnight Mouse, The Playful Puppy.
Who says so?
This review by Pat Posner.
The publisher reckons...
A party with pony rides sounds like great fun to Mandy! But when Sparky, the pony, gets stung by a bee he can't wear a saddle. How can he give the party guests rides? Just in time, Mandy makes a lucky discovery... Look out for the five previous Little Animal Ark titles: The Playful Puppy (Feb 01); The Curious Kitten (Mar 01); The Brave Bunny (Apr 01); The Brave Bunny (May 01), The Clever Cat (Jun 01)).
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