Monday 16 September 2019

A Discovering Diamonds review of Mary's Song by Susan Count

Ruth Sanderson (Illustrator)

Mary's Song: Volume 1 (Dream Horse Adventures)

"The story is about determination and friendship, and horses. "


(Dream Horse Adventures Book 1)

family drama/ Young Adult


"Twelve-year-old Mary falls in love with a foal that is lame, just like her. The expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem. Still, Mary plots and conspires to raise money to save the horse, even as time runs out. She sacrifices what she holds dear - the trust of her papa, to gain her heart's desire. But she could lose everything in her struggle to save the foal."

A charming little story which will grab any pony-loving young teenage girl by the heart (and a few horse-loving adults as well.) 

Mary is a lonely girl of twelve and wheelchair-bound, presumably, because of polio. Like any young girl, she wishes she had a pony, in particular, one of the Morgan foals bred at the neighbour's ranch. The foal, named Illusion, is like her, disabled; he was born with a club foot. Mary is determined to get him the treatment he needs and to save him, and aided by Laura, her best friend, she sets out to do just that in traditional pony-story fashion.

The story is about determination and friendship, and horses. Whether there was the veterinary know-how to even contemplate putting this foal right in the 1950s is debatable (to be honest, probably not, and such a circumstance would have seen the foal put down soon after birth) but that is not the point. I do not think that when I was younger I read one single 'pony story' that could have been true to life; I did not read them for the realism, but for the pleasure of fictional adventure and to feed the dream of owning my own pony. (I never did, but such is life!)

At 124 pages this is a quick, easy read, ideal for the pony-mad youngster in your life.

© Mary Chapple

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