Aussie NIbbles: The Only Pony - PB
Bessie Swan lives with her father, an artist. Ronald Swan is a very cautious, nervous person who prefers to paint things like flowers and jugs because they don't move. Bessie loves her father, but she isn't as happy with his lifestyle as he is.She wants an adventure. Most of all, she wants to learn to ride a pony! And because she wants it so much, she makes it happen. She finds out how to catch a train out to the country where there is a riding school, and she tells her father that he is coming with her. Reluctantly, Ronald Swan goes with Bessie to Perky Pete's Pony Riding Palace, and while Bessie learns to ride Oliver, the only pony there, Ronald starts his painting.
It's a new experience for both of them. Bessie has proved herself right about adventures being good, and her dad has proved himself wrong about only painting things that don't move!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a child, David Metzenthen was a nature boy; he loved fishing and farm work, exploring the bush, and being outdoors under the stars. He also lived very much inside his own head; feeling that the world was a place of unlimited adventure. He harboured dreams of becoming a cowboy, a fisherman, a farmer, a sailor, or a writer. Instead he left home at eighteen, with a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Road for company, and hitch-hiked his way around New Zealand. Returning to Australia, David worked as a builder's labourer and advertising copy writer before finding success as a writer of books for children and young adults.
David Metzenthen now lives with his wife and two children in Melbourne and is one of Australia's top writers for young people. He has received many awards for excellence, including the 2000 CBCA Book of the Year Award: Older Readers for Stony Heart Country, a 2003 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Wildlight, and a 2003 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Boys of Blood and Bone. In 2004, Boys of Blood and Bone also won a NSW Premier's Literary Award and was an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Older Readers. His novel Black Water was an Honour Book in the 2008 CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Older Readers.