The Princess and The Pony
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Canada
By Kate Beaton
age 3-5, 5-8
Synopsis from Scholastic Canada:
Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year: a horse! A big horse, a strong horse, a horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn’t quite get the horse of her dreams . . . For anyone who’s ever been saddled with a truly terrible present, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of overcoming first impressions and falling in love with one unforgettable roly-poly pony.
As parents we’ve seen it. The kids have something in mind when it comes to gift expectations and The Princess and The Pony certainly taps into that let down. The story also affirms that sometimes those things we think we won’t like are actually pretty cool. Sometimes it takes seeing people and objects from another person’s perspective, like how the other warriors see value in the Princess’ Pony. Being open to a change of view can make a difference.
The fact that Pony won people over by just being herself and not trying to be something else was a great lesson Princess Pinecone discovered along with readers.
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