First published in 1968, this Kathleen Fidler classic shows that the ingredients of a captivating children’s story have changed very little.
Adam Cromarty is a young Shetlander who forms a special bond with newborn pony, Haki. From the first sugar lump, to setting off together for a mainland adventure, the duo are inseparable – and Adam’s determination to put his pony’s welfare first makes him especially endearing.
While there are elements of the book that date it – descriptions are more detailed and the plot less fast-paced than modern fare – these are also part of its charm. We really get to know the characters before they gallop into the circus ring for the action-packed second act.
Fidler’s human and historical observations remain enlightening, and her understanding of the dilemma faced by a young islander torn between home, and adventure is as pertinent today as ever.
Haki the Shetland Pony, by Kathleen Fidler, Kelpies