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Penny Pollard's Diary (Penny Pollard #1)

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Penny's diary reveals her love of horses and her hatred of such things as wearing dresses, doing homework and old people until a meeting with the unusual eighty-one-year-old Mrs. Edith Bettany begins to challenge her point of view.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Oxford University Press (first published 1983)
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Tara Calaby
Ohgosh I loved these books SO much, and this one in particular. She gets a cow jug in it, and I had one myself and thought it was SO cool that we had that in common :D

Years later, I studied with the illustrator Ann James and, although she's done more amazing projects in terms of artistic prowess, it was her work on the Penny Pollard books that had the inner primary-school-me so much in awe of her that I found it very hard to talk to her in class!
The original and the best! And how fabulous was old Mrs. Bettany? I recall watching Penny Pollard on the ABC as much as reading her, too - can't recall if they were episodes on Kaboodle, or a series all of its own.

(Aha! Google to the rescue, as usual!)

Re-read May 2012 and I swear, I read the first line and could have just RECITED the rest of it, it was so gloriously familiar! I must have read this hundreds of times in primary school. BEST. BOOK. EVER. Also, it's funny to read it back as a grown-
This was one of my favourites as a kid. Penny is a wonderful character and I remember badly wishing that I had a cow jug of my own!
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