Bodley Head, London, 1956, illus Lilian Buchanan
Starlight is a rather odd book. It is the story of a pony from Iceland, who comes to work on an Irish farm, and of Johnnie, a young boy. There is lovely, lyrical description of the Irish countryside, and the illustrations are charming, but the story itself hasn’t quite worked out where it’s going. At first it seems as if it’s going to be a rather better than usual biography of a pony, but after the pony is mistreated by Johnnie’s elder brother and turned out on Hennessy’s Bog, the book finishes off with four chapters of reminiscences from animals grazing on the bog.
Many thanks to Amanda Dolby for the picture.