Author: Richard O’Neill / Illustrated by: Feronia Parker-Thomas
When Polonius the pit pony escapes from the coal mine he’s worked in all his life, he joins a family of Travellers. 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 Traveller values of independence, initiative, courage and hard work.
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- Paperback: 32 pages
- Age Range: 4 – 9 years
- Publisher: Child’s Play (International) Ltd; UK ed. edition (4 Jul. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786281856
- ISBN-13: 978-1786281852
This tale is told by a first class storyteller: think Hemingway for children. The story speaks of the different strengths of different individuals, and of the triumph of pluck. Your problem, as a parent, is reading it to your child without welling up embarrassingly. Practise, practise, or give in to it.
Fabulous book – beautifully illustrated
About the Authors
Richard O Neill was born and brought up in a large traditional Romani family in the North of England. He is an award-winning storyteller and writer who tells his original stories in schools, museums, libraries and theatres throughout the UK. A sixth generation storyteller, he grew up in a vigorous oral storytelling tradition, learning his skills from some of the best Traveling storytellers in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Richard is the author of eleven children s books, and his stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio. His digital stories have been enjoyed throughout the world, and in 2013, he was the recipient of the National Literacy Hero award.