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Season of Ponies

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  179 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The first novel from three-time Newbery Honor–winning writer Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s: a mystical fairytale about a girl, a magic amulet, and one unforgettable summer

Life is difficult for Pamela. She usually lives with her two aunts because her father is always traveling for work. But this summer, Pamela’s father has promised to take her away with him. On the day of their d
ebook, 131 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween (first published June 28th 1964)
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Dec 23, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Season of Ponies isn't so much interesting as a book on its own as it is an indicator of Snyder's later work. So many of her persistent themes are already apparent: a young protagonist, trapped in a lonely old house with a curt authority figure and distant or absent parents; a direct use of imagination and imaginative play to help the protagonist grow; the mysterious play-partner; and, finally, a question of "What is real?" There are direct correlations to be made with The Egypt Game (one chapte ...more
Rachel Brown
Pamela, a lonely little girl, lives in an isolated house with her two aunts (one nice, one distant and strict). Her absentee father visits occasionally, and her mom is dead. But her life gets a lot more fun when she gets a magic amulet that enables her to meet a mysterious boy her own age and his herd of pastel ponies.

Obviously, the best part of this book is the pastel ponies. Who wouldn't want a herd of pink, blue, sunset, and sunrise-colored ponies named after clouds? I wish I'd read this boo
Laura Wright
Mar 04, 2011 Laura Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-audience
I found this book when I was small and honestly don't know how many times I read it. The book progresses nicely and is perfect for anyone seeking a little escapism.

Once the story is well under way Snyder develops some interesting parallels between Pamela's fantasy and reality, but it feels rushed.
I was given this book at some point in my early teen years, read and loved it, and then it disappeared. And I never could seem to find it again, or find it listed anywhere - which seemed to go with the storyline very well. Now I have finally rediscovered it and am wondering if I want to reread or if that would spoil this spell of mystery that hangs over its memory. :)
Jul 09, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Another wonderful book by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Her fantasy is grounded in reality and feels believable. I loved these books as a child and I'm enjoying them again as an adult. This one felt like it happened in the hills here in Sonoma County. It is nice to see growth in the adults as well as the central child character.
Aimee Wilkens
Jan 22, 2014 Aimee Wilkens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was 10-14 years old and then read it again when I was 30. Still loved it.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Ohh my gawd, most freaking weird book ever. This book, like, scarred me for life when I was a child. I thought it was realistic fiction and then at the end there was some weird-ass thing about a witch who turned children into animals or vice versa, I can't remember. And I was like O_O GAAHH WHAT IS THIS BOOK? …I don't know why I'm having all these flashbacks of random books I forgot about until now. It's kind of fun, though. ...more
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Oct 30, 2015 Ticklish Owl rated it really liked it
Child me would have adored this sweet, magical book. I would have read it until the pages fell out, were taped back in, and fell out yet again.

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Nov 07, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my absolute favorite book in third grade — I went to my elementary school library a few years ago and the tag in the book showed me checking it out about eight times in a row -- and upon rereading, I can see why. It has ponies, freedom from adults, creepiness, magic...all the right ingredients, and in just the right proportions.
Sep 24, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: little girls who love horses, mythology
Shelves: favorites
I adored this book and read it over and over when I was 10. Then I outgrew horses as many adolescent girls do, but I was haunted by the imagery from this story. I'd confused the title by then and it took me YEARS to rediscover it. I was thrilled when I was able to buy a copy for my own library shelves.
Nov 17, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book as a kid/teen and remember the beautiful imagery of the ponies and also the just-creepy-enough subplot of fear and darkness. A good book to read during the day, or when you know your parents are in the house with you!
L. Chambers-Wright
This was my favorite book during my childhood. It was my fondest escape to go away with the mysterious horses.
Sep 13, 2013 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book as a child. I recently bought it for my daughter who is not big on reading and she loved it!
Early Fantasy involving the Fae. Interesting! I wonder if theis is where I got my love of the Fae?!
Apr 22, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books as a child and every time I re-read it, I understand why.
Sheila Beaumont
This was a reread of an old favorite, a delightful, enchanting, magical story.
May 08, 2013 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf
A girl is left by her Father to live with her Aunts & it changes her life.
Nov 29, 2010 Ona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my favorite booke when I was 9. I am almost afraid to re-read it.
Lisa Lanyon-bunch
Lovely, magical, tale about loneliness and hope.
Sep 07, 2008 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time faves!
Krizelle Prado
i love this story....
Apr 30, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Beautiful story!
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for young ...more
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