Peppi the Polo Pony was born at the Wicky Wacky Race Horse Farm outside Sydney, Australia. People thought him an ugly duckling, while children loved him. Not capable of being a race horse, Peppi was to be sold, until Aunty Jane, who lives next door, saved the day. She took Peppi to try out for the polo team. Peppi didn't do well at that either, until one night when Wilby, the pet Kangaroo, came to visit Peppi. They became friends and met each morning so Wilby could teach Peppi all about polo. The polo horses at Aunty Jane ...
Peppi the Polo Pony was born at the Wicky Wacky Race Horse Farm outside Sydney, Australia. People thought him an ugly duckling, while children loved him. Not capable of being a race horse, Peppi was to be sold, until Aunty Jane, who lives next door, saved the day. She took Peppi to try out for the polo team. Peppi didn't do well at that either, until one night when Wilby, the pet Kangaroo, came to visit Peppi. They became friends and met each morning so Wilby could teach Peppi all about polo. The polo horses at Aunty Jane and Uncle Mark were very smart and beautiful, but were also snobs and looked down on Peppi. One day the Prince of Horsenland came to play polo at the Royal Show and was to choose a horse from Uncle Mark's team, as they were the very best. Much to the horror of the other horses, he chose Peppi! In the last seconds of the game, the teams were tied. Peppi was in front of the pack as the prince swung to hit the ball through the goals, but he missed, whereupon Peppi spun around and kicked in the winning goal. Peppi became a hero and all the other horses now respect and honor the polo pony with heart. Author Doreen Slinkard has set her continuing children's series near Sydney, where she lives. A horse trainer, she wrote this story years ago for her children, but has dusted it off for her grandchildren. Publisher's website: http: //www.eloquentbooks.com/PeppiThePoloPony.html
Peppi the Polo Pony is such a fun book for kids. The only problem is when I read it to my children before they go to sleep, my little ones insist I read it to them again. It's helped dramatically with their reading skills and helped widened their sense of the world, making them inquisitive about horses and farms- something we don't see a lot of in suburban England! Definitely a good choice for Christmas.
Aug 28, 2010
A fantastic story for my granddaughter
I actually had the Peppi books recommended to me through a friend who is involved with horses. I personally know very little about them, and while my young granddaughter doesn't either, she absolutely loved it as a birthday present last month. Fun and lighthearted, with a strong moral code, these stories are beautifully illustrated and lovely to look at. I would definitely recommend this book!
Jul 12, 2010
Great kids' book
What a great book. At one level an enchanting read for children in Years 1 to 2, or to be read to kindies. At another level an excellent part of teaching youngsters about why tolerance for difference and respect for those not not like us is good. Also a story about why bullying is so wrong. I look forward to more books in this series.
Jul 5, 2010
Peppi the Polo Pony - go Peppi
Ponies have enchanted children all over the world since time began and Doreen has again reminded us all of the 'power of the pony'. Throughout this wonderful tale about Peppi we learn basic concepts that we can succeed against adversity and that we all have our own special talents and friendhips come from unexpected places! A joy to read. My grandies are very much looking forward to more adventures from Wicky Wacky Farm and so am I.
Jul 4, 2010
What a magical magical story. I absolutely love it!
Peppi the Polo Pony is fabulously creative, with unique and quirky characters who are filled with so much personality and pizazz that its impossible not to laugh, giggle and cry with enjoyment.
The story has an abundance of warmth, love, and essential messages relevant to all ages, yet it is communicated in an such a fun and captivating way. Well done at marrying the two together Doreen. You have provided endless entertainment for me and everyone who comes in contact with it.
Peppi the polo pony and wilby the kangaroo have captured my heart.
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