Celebrate all things horsey with this sweet collection of poems that’s perfect for the little equestrian in your life.
Calling all pony lovers! This poetry collection, chock full of horses, is sure to delight young readers, whether they dream of being a cowgirl or a knight, becoming an equestrian, or simply making a pony friend of their own. These short, rhyming poems are perfect for read-aloud sharing.
Cari Meister lives in Vail, Colorado, with her husband and four sons. She enjoys reading, skiing, running, and yoga, but most of all she enjoys riding her Arabian horse, Sir William. Cari has written many books for children, including the Fairy Hill series, I Have a Little Seedling, and Pony Poems for Little Pony Lovers. Visit her at CariMeister.com.
Sara Rhys lives in a little town in Devon, England, and paints in a studio that overlooks the rolling hills towards Dartmoor where wild ponies roam free. She learned to draw as a small child but pursued a string of other creative pursuits before realizing that drawing was always her favorite thing to do. She’s been doing it ever since and Pony Poems for Little Pony Lovers is her first picture book.
Younger readers who dream of one day having a pony or a horse will adore the poems presented throughout this title. Each poem is beautifully illustrated with colored pencil drawings, all of which contain extra details that are not to be missed. Each poem focuses on a horse, ranging from a piebald to a bucking pony named Penny. Some poems rhyme while others are constructed using free verse, but each one holds a special message for those who love horses. Meister’s offerings will amuse all of your readers, whether they wish for a horse or not, simply because of the fun contained within the pages. Beth H. Green, School Library Media Specialist, Wappingers Junior High School, Wappinger Falls, New York
– School Library Connection, March April 2019
A wide range of ponies and children, all adorable, appear together in a stable, outdoors in a paddock, in fields, on treks to town, and even in fantasy in this charmingly themed book of poems. Each scene features a jaunty poem—an assortment of rhymed and free verse offerings, and even some takeoffs on nursery rhymes like “Hickory Dickory Dock”—in which a child talks about his or her pony. Simple musings are intermixed with some surprises, as in “Kicking Kate,” which reveals that Kate doesn’t kick at all, and in “Princess,” which the pony itself narrates. Several poems are fantasies, including a boy’s dream about being a cowboy. The illustrations, done in watercolors and mixed media, carry the book with their charming pastel (and occasionally pastoral!) scenes and humorous details. The two-page spread in which a boy imagines himself a knight confronting a pot-bellied dragon is especially comic. The collection ends with a journey through rolling, quilt-like fields to home and sleep. — Connie Fletcher
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