Polonius the pit pony

by O'Neill, Richard (Storyteller),

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Picture Books E ONe
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  E ONe
Moon Township Public Library Easy ANIMALS JE O'NEILL
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Easy
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea O'NEILL Richard
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea O'NEILL Richard
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC ONEILL
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC ONEILL
When Polonius the pit pony escapes from the coal mine he's worked in all his life, he joins a family of Travelers. Although he enjoys the freedom and the fresh air that their lifestyle offers, he wishes he could give something back to the family in return.When the chance arrives for him to do something to help, he rises to the challenge, and uses his intelligence and skills to save the day.Based on true events and retold by a master of the oral tradition, this story bears witness to the Traveler values of independence, initiative, courage and hard work.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the past, pit ponies hauled heavy loads through the dark tunnels of coal mines, where they also slept. But once a year, they were taken outside to frolic, eat grass, and breathe fresh air. This story tells of Polonius, a pit pony who escapes and joins a family of Travellers, to the delight of the eldest daughter. Compared with Cushy and Thor, the family's work horses, Polonius is small and weak, but he's accustomed to working in darkness. When fog sets in one morning, he proves his usefulness, guiding frightened Cushy as they pull a wagon together. Brought up in a Romani family in northeast England, O'Neill is a professional storyteller who has written several picture books. The few Romani terms used in the text are defined before the tale begins. Creating a folk-art look, the mixed-media pictures illustrate the narrative with warmth and expression. This appealing picture book reads aloud well, while celebrating the surprising courage and usefulness of the little guy, a theme sure to resonate with young children.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Pit pony -- Juvenile fiction.
English Travellers (Nomadic people) -- Juvenile fiction.
Pit pony -- Fiction.
English Travellers (Nomadic people) -- Fiction.
Publisher Swindon, UK :Child's Play (International) Ltd,2018
Contributors Parker Thomas, Feronia, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 1786281864
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