I absolutely love stories written from the perspective of a child, and 8-yr-old Lucy Turnbull is as precious as they come! "The Christmas Pony" is chock-full of charm, and viewing life through Lucy's eyes reveals a heart-warming story of faith and hope and love. Within pages of beginning the story, I was swept up into her innocence and naivety as she encounters 2 strangers who arrive into town, strangers who she soon convinces to move into her mother's boardinghouse. As she discovers more and more about the newcomers, she also discovers more about herself and her family, and she realizes that though she wishes more than anything for a pony, what she most wishes for is her mother to smile again.
Melody Carlson absolutely lives up to her award-winning reputation with her latest Christmas offering, with wonderful characterization and a story that pleases in every way. Though the story may seem somewhat predictable, predictable is just what's needed when you are getting ready for Christmas and for the warm feelings that you hope will arrive along with your favorite songs and snowy weather. I put down the book feeling like I was ready for the Christmas season to arrive!
I highly recommend this story for anyone looking for a cozy book to keep them company this season. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
As the title suggests, The Christmas Pony is indeed about a little girl's hopes, dreams and even prayers of getting a pony for Christmas.
Set in 1937, the middle of the Great Depression, when people were struggling just to put food on their tables, Lucy knew better than to wish for a pony but she had more faith than the grown-ups in her life and she continued to pray for that very thing.
Lucy's mother ran a boarding house which kept the family afloat during such a stretching time financially. So when a pair of strangers were looking for a place to stay while their car is being repaired Lucy excitedly invites them to stay at her family's boarding house_.after all she had prayed for more boarders. I loved Lucy's faith, definitely something to learn from.
This book surprised me about half way through and took on a new prayer for Lucy. The shift in the story was a good one.
I appreciated the values taught in this book and the family's work ethic. I think as we make plans for our farm, this story made me think of how God has provided for us this far and reminded me that if it's His will, He'll continue to provide for all our needs.
My daughter also read the book and enjoyed it. She thought it was really sweet. She thought Lucy was a big help to her mother. She didn't like Veronica (I didn't either she was a vain creature who only thought of herself) nor Lucy's belligerent friend, Helen, who wasn't much of a friend at all.
Overall it gets two thumbs up from us.
"Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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