Martin Rides the Moor

Martin Rides the Moor

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0552520411
  • 9780552520416

Review Text

This is the first book for children by this author, but like his adult books is set around Dartmoor and is similar to Pride of the Moor in that it develops an interacting relationship between a boy and a pony. At ??, Martin has suddenly become deaf. The pony now has been purchased for him with the hope of bringing him out of his seclusion. What is likely to draw reader sympathy is not so much that Martin has been cut off from one of the normal sources of contact, but that he realizes so well what others want to do for him - how the pony is to affect him, that his father wants him to "be like other boys," that his mother is overly protective, that his teacher is encouraging him to speak and lip read. Because he is aware he resists, and it almost seems like loss of character when he really does respond as hoped. The gradual evolution of the boy and pony combination is a touching one, involving a good deal of give and take to the benefit of both. The whole situation is aimed at the emotions and it has been carried off convincingly and with good taste. (Kirkus Reviews)show more