The book opens with the birth of a foal. witnessed by the young heroine, Kate Williams. Kate learns to care for and train the growing filly, whom she names Nutmeg. Although the horse belongs to Kate's neighbors, the two become inseparable. Kate is devastated when her neighbors are forced to sell Nutmeg. But before the new owner arrives to pick her up, Kate steals the mare and together they disappear into the forest...
Not an outstanding book of its kind, but well above average. Kate is a likeable character and while she inevitably achieves success, she does work hard for it. It's quite educational, with many different aspects of horsemanship being included, such as training a young horse, learning to ride, and nursing a neglected horse back to health. Mystery is supplied by the question of Nutmeg's sire, and there is a dramatic rivalry with her neighbours' granddaughter, not to mention a soupcon of romance.
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- Reading Age: 9+
- Reading Aloud Age: 6+
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