Sophia the Show Pony
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Sophia is literally a show pony. Not for her smelly, draughty stables and a manky horse blanket. “She lived uptown in fancy Flats, the ritziest place on earth” and was “known for her stylish array of hats, paired with coats and designer gowns.” But Sophia has a secret dream to actually win the race that she and her friends dress up for. Her friends discourage her saying that her destiny is being a fashionista and so Sophie settles for that until…’
Waterhouse has combined her fashion and racing backgrounds with her desire to write a book for her daughters which embraces ” all the lessons I want to impart ” about ” following your passion no matter what anyone says and finding your place in the world, and also embracing your individuality.” This message is a common one in children’s stories, but one which needs to be heard often so whatever story it is embedded in is worthwhile. Choosing to tell it in rhyme can be tricky with both vocabulary and rhythm having to be manipulated but Waterhouse has done this creating a story that gallops along accompanied by illustrations which have all the characteristics that appeal to its target audience. With its gold borders and pink roses, the book itself wouldn’t look out of place in the member’s area of the racecourse.