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Pidgy's Surprise


Pidgy's Surprise


A Moonbeam Children's Book Award winner!

Sometimes you don t appreciate what you have until it is too late... 

Cindy Sawyer has a wonderful Shetland pony named Pidgy. Together they have lots of wonderful adventures but Cindy does not appreciate her cute little pony. What she really wants is a fancy show horse like the ones her friends ride. After a summer of fun and riding, a morning comes when Pidgy goes missing. Not until she looks into the empty stall does Cindy realize how much she really loves her pony. Will Cindy be able to find her beloved pony before it is too late?

Pidgy's Surprise is a re-release of a popular pony story from the 1950's, updated for today's young horse enthusiasts. This book is written and lavishly illustrated with over 80 original drawings by famed equine author/illustrator Jeanne Mellin.




126 pages, which includes a four-page glossary of horse/pony terms

86 gray scale drawings

Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5"

Winner of a Moonbeam Children's Book Award.

For ages 7 - 8 / Third grade reading level

ISBN - 978-0983113805

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My ten-year-old loves animals, horses included! She read this book in an afternoon and loved it...My daughter is begging me to buy the other books by Willow Bend Publishing. I would highly recommend this book. My daughter fell in love with Pidgy and I am sure your child will too. - Jennifer Ladewig, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine,

Pidgy's Surprise is a fitting book for either a read-aloud or an assigned reading and it will be a pleasure for any reader to experience. - Lori Hooten, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Written and fantastically illustrated by famed equine artist Jeanne Mellin, Pidgy offers a heartfelt story of a young girl and her discovery of the path of her dreams. Whether a horse enthusiast or not, this book is a loving, kind story with a huge amount of heart. Not to mention the gorgeous illustrations are something that both children and adults will absolutely love. Enjoy! - Amy Lignor,

An engaging read for any horse-obsessed young reader...The black-and-white, pen-and-ink type drawings are pretty much fabulous. If you know any 7 or 8 year olds who are pony crazed, this should pretty much be the next birthday present you give. - Erin McCabe,

Cindy's dream to own a horse instead of her stubby little pony will resonate with young, horse-crazy girls. It certainly resonated for me! If you have a horse crazy girl in the house, I can't recommend this book enough. -

A fun read for all ages. This is a great book to read to your two-year-old or read it yourself in between the mysteries, romances, adventures or science fiction books that are normally on your reading list. In addition to the captivating story line, all of the detailed illustrations throughout the book, expertly done by the author and world renown equine artist, help your imagination bring the story to life. - Vermont Morgan Horse Association 

Quill says: Animal-lovers will enjoy the close relationship between a girl and her pony while learning to appreciate what they already have. – Eloise Michael, Feathered Quill Book Reviews 

The simple, graceful flow of the tale was charming and elegantly nostalgic while the phenomenal illustrations which liberally grace the pages of this book will satisfy the imagination of any horse-crazy youngster. If you loved Misty, Blaze, or Black Beauty, you’re certain to find a place in your heart for Pidgy, a pudgy pony you’re sure to fall in love with! – Deb Fowler, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer 

The story is well-done for the young child mind and the morality issues are well-camouflaged within the development of the story so that the child listener or reader will not be overwhelmed and risk losing the message of the story. - Readers Favorite 

I liked Pidgy’s Surprise a lot. This story will teach you a lot about horses and how they can act and how you can train them. Kids of all ages would love to read this book to hear the loving story of Pidgy and Cindy. - Madeline McElroy (age 9) for Reader Views