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Jan 22 2016

The runaway foal by Kate Welshman

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Pine Valley Ponies series; bk 2. Scholastic, 2015. ISBN: 9781743624319
(Age: 7+) Themes: Horse-riding; Friendship. Maddy and Iris are taking horse riding lessons and the latest lessons involve riding without stirrups and then bareback - both challenging for Maddy. Because of her friendship with Iris, she gets some extra practice which helps to prepare her for the rescue of the runaway foal. Another class member, Alita, continues to be difficult in her interactions with the other girls. She is perhaps a little too concerned with her own importance, and a young reader could learn from this.
This is a simply written story with six short chapters and occasional highlighted words and phrases in larger font size, with a smattering of modest line drawings amongst the chapters, suited to young girls who enjoy reading about horses and horse-riding. It is also a story about friendship and learning new challenges.
Suited for early independent readers aged 7+.
Carolyn Hull

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