‘Just let lovely Ruth and Sam look after you for a bit’ Penny, the social worker, encourages Addie. Yet Addie takes care of her Mam. That’s the way it’s meant to be. She didn’t mean to drop the milk bottle and alert the suspicions of the neighbours that Mam wasn’t coping again. Yet somehow, somebody found out and now Addie’s here, on an Exmoor farm, with lovely Ruth and Sam and Gabe, and Flo the sheepdog. There are other children, including Sunni, who doesn’t want Addie there, and Jake, who says nothing.
Addie’s arrival coincides with the rescue of a foal, from the Exmoor snow. He is starving, petrified and defensive. His origins are unknown. Could he be one of the special Exmoor ponies? If not, his future is uncertain. Addie aligns herself to the foal, finding a deep affinity in their insecurities and fears. Although she feels out of control in her own circumstances, there might be a chance that she can ensure a positive outcome for the foal, possibly?
‘Snow Foal’ is a wise, empathetic and moving story. We will Addie to be safe, secure, vital and loved. Bookwagon recommends this beautiful book to confident readers.