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Book Review: The Winter Pony, by Iain Lawrence

Posted on: January 16, 2012

The Winter Pony

The Winter Pony

My daughter gave me this wonderful book for Christmas. I absolutely loved this heartbreaking story of Captain Scott’s fatal journey to the South Pole, told from the point of view of one of the ponies he took with him. This is a well written book and the author obviously put much research and heart into this story. You can’t help but fall in love with James Pigg, the pony from Siberia, as he tries his best to help Captain Scott and his dedicated team reach their goal. If you already know the end, you will still find yourself cheering for man and beast as they struggle against the elements. It is a story of determination, incredible fortitude and devotion. I made the mistake of reading the final chapters on the bus, on my way home from work. My sobbing caused other passengers to become concerned. This may be a difficult read from some sensitive young people but I rate it with my childhood favourites; Black Beauty, Old Yeller and The Yearling.

10 Responses to "Book Review: The Winter Pony, by Iain Lawrence"

Thanks for mentioning this, Darlene. I hadn’t heard of it before. 🙂 Oooh, love the cover, too!

The cover is wonderful isn’t it. It reflects the story well. You will actually feel the cold, believe me. I should have mentioned how well the terrain is described.

Awww.. I don’t know the ending, but I have a feeling I won’t be happy!! 😦

Thanks for stopping by Natalie. Hope you get to read the book and find out the ending.

I love books written from an unusual point of view. I will add it to my list.

Sounds like a really interesting but sad read.

I’ve never heard of this nook but I do know the story of the South Pole expedition. I like how the story is told from the horse’s view point! I bet it’s sad!

This sounds beautiful. I adore Michael Morpurgo’s animal books, so I’ll look out for this one.

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