This week I read The Christmas Pony by Melody Carson. I saw several of her books on the holiday shelf at the library, and I thought I'd read a couple during the Christmas holidays. I sort of set a mini goal for myself to read a few Christmas books this season and blog about a few of them. This one is my favorite of Carlson's so far.
Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.
I loved the setting for this novella. Carlson does a remarkable job of bringing the depression era alive in subtle little details, especially the description of the Turnbulls' farmhouse. Lucy is such an endearing character, and her excitement and anticipation for Christmas is contagious. Her prayers to God for her needs and wants are so, so sweet, and she wants a pony more than anything else in the world….and not just any pony: She wants a gray pony named Smokey. Little girls always go through a pony phase when they want a pony more than anything in the world (I know two little girls very well who never outgrew it). That's another thing I love about this book: Lucy's love for Smokey reminds me so much of my girls and their love for their horses.
I enjoyed this book so much, I'm ordering a copy for my Christmas keeper shelf. I want my girls to read it soon, too.
Do you like to read holiday-themed books during Christmas?
Until next time…