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This wonderful tale was written to inspire children to keep trying and not give up. The plot moves along rapidly, highlighting to the reader the possibility of dreams coming true.
This chapter book is intended for beginning readers and has roughly 30 pages and six chapters. There are a few black and white images in it, but color images would be preferred. The book conveys the idea that you may succeed in life and do great things.
Simply put, this is a fantasy story to help human kids to strive and to refuse to give up.
It actually works as a standalone story, is very quickly paced, and it manages to convince the reader that reality is overrated, and that dreams can come true. Yes, there are flaws, but they are flaws to adults, not to the human kids reading or listening to this short story.
So what if a lot of it is based on the impossible happening? A very large chunk of adult novels are even less possible than this story, and they get wide distribution. The big advantage for the younger reader is the format of being a "more or less" self contained short story. That allows a young reader to read it aloud so that an even younger person can hear the story-- and begin to dream of being able to read, someday, someday in the future.
It is a good story for the younger readers, and for the pre-readers, and I feel it earned five out of five stars fir that age group, even if it fails to meet the goal for some adults.
This is a short and entertaining story for young children. Unfortunately as an adult reader I kept seeing inconsistencies which stopped me giving better marks. You'd really want to treat it as a complete fantasy although it doesn't happen in a fantasy world but on a British farm.
A skewbald pony is born and grows to be a smart little cob, Warmheart. He prides himself on being the fastest animal on the farm, except for the collie dog. But a racehorse trainer arrives next door and the cob realises that he actually isn't that fast, and gets discouraged. Can he prove himself when it really matters?
Since all kids will have seen Babe, they know a farm has to have animals that have a use. The horses don't have any use that we're shown. Nobody rides Warmheart or makes him pull anything. Following from that, no jockey takes him through a race at the end. Kids know what racing looks like because they have seen it on TV. The colourful jockeys will stick in their minds and they will spot that Warmheart has no jockey. And they probably know that farmers do not generally rent farms.
I like the themes of working hard towards a goal, getting helped by friends and giving respect to someone who is a bit different or not advantaged. If you have a small child who likes ponies and outdoors, this will be a fun read.
I downloaded a free copy. This is an unbiased review.
What a wonderful lesson can be learned from this pony Warm heart who did not give up, up but continued to train, then galloped and kept galloping and then also had his best friend run onto the track and gave his friend all the moral support that Warm heart needed to keep going and to go even speedier than he was...The author did a great job of painting these scenes with the right words to make this ebook hard to set down till the reader had turned the last page of the book so I wish to rate this as a five star kidd ebook and to recommend it for young ones who enjoys clean horse stories such as this. I received this book for free and in return here is my honest review. Great work Angharad ! By Angela