Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Sea Pony by Ellen Potter -- ADVISABLE

Potter, Ellen The Sea Pony (Piper Green and the Fairy Tree #3), illustrated by Qin Leng. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2016. $14.99.

When a horse is shipped to Piper Green's remote island off the coast of Maine, Piper hopes they'll be friends. She'd like nothing more than to have a horse of her very own. Maybe the whistle she'd found in the fairy tree would help lure the horse to her. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect. Piper is confused. The fairies wouldn't give her a gift that couldn't be used, so what is the whistle for? And will she ever be able to get a close look at the island's newest pet?

This third installment works well with the previous two books in the series. The unusual setting -- a tiny island off the coast of Maine -- is, as always, fascinating. Piper has personality and ingenuity, and while she does get into trouble on occasion she generally wants to do the right thing. The pictures are adorable and provide a nice accompaniment for the text, and the book works very well as a read-aloud.

EL -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by: Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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