- Imprint: Formac Publishing Company Limited
- Publication Date: 12 May 2012
- Copyright Year: 2012
- ISBN: 9781459501430
- Page Count: 32
- Dimensions: 8.05" x 10"
- Interest ages: 4-8
The Picture Book
by Joyce Barkhouse and Janet Barkhouse
illustrated by Sydney Smith
If Willie could have his dream, he would go to Sable Island and ride free over the sand dunes on the back of a wild horse. Instead, at eleven years old, Willie has to go to work in the coal mines of Cape Breton, hardly ever seeing the light of day. But with the help of Gem, the gentle pit pony he works with in the mine, he discovers that things aren't always as bad as they seem.
Pit Pony is a beloved classic of children's literature, and has been turned into a movie and a television series. For this new illustrated edition, the story has been retold in an abbreviated version for young readers and is vividly illustrated by acclaimed illustrator Sydney Smith.
About the Authors
JANET BARKHOUSE is Joyces daughter and has retired from several fascinating worlds theatre, academe, education and is now writing herself. No stranger to Sable Island horses, she is the author of Sable Island Imagine! She lives in Clearland, Nova Scotia.
SYDNEY SMITH is an illustrator born and bred in Nova Scotia. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been in Halifax since receiving his BFA in 2006. Since then, he has collaborated with many musicians and authors, including two children's books with Sheree Fitch. He was awarded the Mayor's Award for Mabel Murple in 2011.
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