Title: Shetland in the ShedShetland in the Shed
Author: Ben M. Baglio
Pages: 130
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Animal Ark.

The Story.

Mandy just can’t understand it. Here is Shona, this beautiful, irresistible Shetland pony, and she’s all Polly’s. But Polly hates her! She blames horses for her mother’s death, and Shona specifically for the recent accident which landed her father in the hospital. She refuses to thaw to Shona, no matter how hard Mandy, James, and Shona herself try to establish a friendship. Will Polly ever give up her hatred?

Discussion.

Mandy and James can’t imagine how it’s possible to hate a darling little Shetland pony, and make it their mission to cultivate and attachment between Shona and Polly. Although their perspective is idealistic, they are sensitive to the fact that Polly’s mother was killed in a riding accident. Of course, in the end, Polly loves Shona, too.

Polly herself is very much attached to her father – so much so that when Dr. Emily can’t bring her to visit her father in the hospital, she foolishly tries to ride Shona to the hospital in a rainstorm, putting both herself and the pony at risk. In the end Shona saves both of their lives.

Conclusion. Okay – typical filler fiction.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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