Sophie already has a rabbit and a cat and a dog, but what
she'd really love is a pony. Good fortune comes Sophie's way
when she's invited to spend her summer holiday in Scotland
with Great Aunt Al...
the last in a series of six books in the Sophie series
written by Dick King-Smith.
is nearly eight, and her collection of animals is growing
all the time. What she would like most of all is a pony, but
she can't imagine that she would ever be so lucky. Good fortune
does come her way, however, when she and her family are invited
to spend the summer holidays in Scotland. Sophie is overjoyed
- after all, they are going to stay with her favourite relative.
Great Aunt Al lives in a huge house surrounded by stables
and fields, and Sophie has great fun exploring the farm next
door and riding on the neighbours' pony - who is called Lucky.
did have a slight problem with this tale. "Lucky"
in the title refers to several things. Firstly Sophie is lucky
to get to go to Scotland and roam around Great Aunt Al's farm.
Then there is the fact that the horse that Sophie gets to
look after is called Lucky, then there is the fact that Sophie
is lucky enough to be left something substantial in a will.
Maybe it was me, but quite a lot of attention seemed to be
thrust onto the fact that Sophie and her family came into
a lot of money - and that it was a very exciting time. Once
the poor relative has passed on, everyone seems more concerned
about the money. Is this really the sort of lesson that we
should be teaching young, impressionable minds? Instead of
earning things in life we are shown that if you wait for a
rich relative to die you can live the life you've always wanted.
with the previous releases in this series, this CD is read
by Bernard Cribbins. As usual, Cribbins makes the story live
as he provides all the voices and just the right amount of
is, on the whole, an enjoyable tale, is slightly spoiled by
the questionable ending. Over this series of six books Sophie's
only dream is to own a horse. No, thanks to the death in the
family, her dream can be realised.