Monday, February 23, 2015

Penelope the Grumpy Pony. Written by Angela DeVere Taylor. Illustrated by Polly Rabbits

This is a wonderful lesson about a circus animal who was about to give up and was very down and feelng quite misunderstood when something extraordinary happened to breath new excitement and love into the life of this alienated "pony".  I can't say enough about how well executed this is in teaching a child not to give up on theirself or give in to despair because often needed help or a change for the better is just around the corner.  Those who others often view as pitiful and worthless many times rise above the crowd and their former self to attain some sort of greatness and better life.  The illustrations also bring out the silly aspects of this story as well which are included with subtle effect.

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