Thursday, January 24, 2013

Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson and Maja Andersen

My last post, a review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, combined with the Grand Prix jumping show I saw Monday night, got me in a horsey mood (not that one is ever far away for me).  This cute little children's chapter book, Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson and Maja Andersen, was offered free in ebook format not very long ago, and I picked it up then.  (This is one of those books I read a little while back and am catching up on now that I'm blogging regularly again.)

This sweet book is about Keeker, a little girl who wants a pony of her own, and Plum, a Shetland pony who does not want a little girl of her own.  When Plum is given to Keeker, she makes it a point to be difficult, and dumps her on a trail ride.  Keeker and Plum have to figure out how to work together in order to get home safely.

Of course, all of this happens in six short chapters, with illustrations, and in words (and events) easy for young readers to process.  I always am happy when I see a realistic horse series for young kids, because I think so many horse books (and horse movies) are completely and totally unrealistic, and create equally unrealistic views of horses in children (who then grow up to be adults with unrealistic views of horses).  So it was nice to see a book for kids that illustrates the single most important thing about riding: The rider has to be in charge, but also work with their horse to keep them both safe.

If I had kids, or if the horse-crazy little girl I nanny for was a little younger, I would almost certainly be buying more of this series.  As it is, I am sure I will check them out, if only to see what else the author (and the illustrator of these cute drawings!) has to offer.

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