Pine Valley Ponies - The Runaway Foal by Kate Welshman
Published by Scholastic Australia
I have recently read over The Runaway Foal, and it's a really exciting story, with an interesting twist. It's about a young girl named Maddy, her best friend Iris, and her brave pony, Snowy. Together, Maddy and Iris chase after the runaway foal, Sunrise, aka Sunny, who has recently been weaned. (separated from her mare mother )
My favourite part is definitely the chase, with Maddy and Iris, together as best friends, racing towards that cheeky little foal. Kate Welshman's description of the wind rushing past Maddy's cheeks and whipping her loose hair about was absolutely spectacular. I could almost imagine I was sitting right there, behind Iris and Maddy, feeling the wind swirling past as Snowy galloped towards Sunny.
My favourite character is Iris, because she's really kind, she knows just about everything to do with ponies, foals, mares, fillies, colts, geldings and horses. She's rather brainy about ponies. Iris always knows how to practise every single skill their riding instructor, Pattie, tells them to do. Iris knows how to do bareback riding, riding without stirrups, vaulting on her pony, Monty, and how to conduct herself not to look down at the ground. Iris also teaches Maddy all sorts of cool skills, and soon Maddy is quite adept at a lot of pony skills, but I still find Iris cooler. She's the best.
My favourite description of a character is Pattie. I can tell that Pattie is friendly, quite clever and smart, and a little mischievous and cheeky. After Pattie sternly told Maddy and Iris they weren't allowed to double dink at Pine Valley Pony Ranch, she gave them a small wink, a twinkle in her bright blue eyes and a friendly, broad grin.
I recommend The Runaway Foal to seven to ten year old kids, and I rate it 4.99999999999999 out of 5.
What I seriously think Kate Welshman should improve on is the character of Sunny. I understand that Sunny is just a cheeky little foal who wants her mare mummy, but I seriously do believe Kate should expand on more of her character, but other than that, everything is perfectly brilliance-bursting.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Kate Welshman
Title: Pine Valley Ponies - The Runaway Foal
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: January 2016