Books by Ulrike Heyne

WINTER PONY by Krista Ruepp
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

With the cold months drawing to a close, it's time to take the horses up to the higher pastures, but Anna worries that her favorite pony, Prince, is too young to survive the summer without her. With a bond developed from months of nurturing, Prince and Anna have never been apart, but Anna's grandfather tells her that it's time for him to join the herd. Her grandmother attempts to soothe her worries by telling her that the mysterious and magical creatures that live in the mountains will help him through the long summer months, but Prince seems to be having a difficult time finding his place with the equine hierarchy. Things quickly take a turn for the worse when another horse attacks him, sending him sprawling over a cliff. Luckily, a ledge jutting out over a misty waterfall breaks his fall. Whether it is the warm air, the mist from the mountains, or something more magical, Prince eventually is able to rejoin the herd where he finds new respect in the older horses. It is an exciting reunion when Anna and her grandfather travel to retrieve the herd in the fall. Softly blended watercolors illustrate the harshly beautiful Icelandic landscape and their inhabitants. Lacking any true direction, however, this marginally interesting tale with unexceptional illustrations seems to find its only appeal in its hints of Nordic mythology and interest for lovers of horse stories. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >