One Curious Pony
Otis is a very curious pony. So many questions run through his head. In PONY IN THE CITY by Wendy Wahman, Otis peppers his stable mates into the night with questions about the children that visit and ride them during the day. “do they graze on grass and daisies?” “Do they get their manes brushed and braided?”
Mosey, Whinny , and Derby ignore him till they finally tell him to go to sleep. But how can a pony sleep with so many questions running through his mind?
Early one morning, before the other ponies wake, Otis leaves the paddock and finds his way into the city. He wonders where they keep the children… a barn? A paddock? When he comes to a park he finds multitudes of children galloping and kicking and knickering and neighing. Very pony-like.
He follows some to their homes in the city and discovers children are NOT that different than ponies. Though they live in much larger barns.
As night approaches, Otis realizes he is far from home and is unsure which direction to head. He wanders the city through the night escaping several close calls. And he ends up sleeping in a cold and lonely alley. He wonders if he’ll ever get home.
In the morning, Otis hears a familiar clippity cloppity and is surprised to look up and find….
This is a charming tale about curiosity and asking questions and where it might lead one.
Wahman’s unique and whimsical illustrations are bursting with detail. They are built with saturated areas of color and subtle textures. The city scenes and park scenes are mesmerizing as you scan all the life that inhabits them. In particular, for me, the blues and grays of the city at night punctuated by our orange pony searching and searching are haunting and engaging. This is a wonderful book to read over and over and discover new things in the illustrations every time.