A Little Horse Called Pancakes
The first in an ongoing series, A Little Horse Called Pancakes introduces young readers to a very special relationship between a girl and her miniature horse. They develop a bond and challenge what others perceive as the norm with the help of all the animals that live on their farm. With beautiful colour and black-and-white illustrations, the book uses the discipline of equestrian vaulting to educate readers about the sport and convey the lesson that commitment and dedication pay off in the end. It is aimed at children aged 4-8 and can be used as an early reader.
Candice Noakes-Dobson lives on a small farm with her daughter and husband, surrounded by the beloved animals that inspire her stories.
Wendy Paterson is a freelance illustrator who lives with her husband, two daughters, two cats, three rabbits, a guinea pig and a gold fish.
'Almost Victorian in its dainty, delightful drawings, touched with colour on alternate spreads. Supporting the work of SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association), here’s a heart-warming story of a shaggy (almost Thelwell) pony trained to perform by young Anna B with two costumed kittens doing vaulting routines. Loving, lovable and backed by lots of sound common sense… A commended picture-book story for junior readers.' – Bookchat
'A cute, engaging storyline [that brings] a positive message across.' – Lauren O'Connor-May, IOL
'The Pancakes books are absolutely charming, and there's a lot here that can instruct and inform any child who wants to learn about riding. They're too sweet and I really recommend them.' – Tamara LePine-Williams, Classic FM
A happy story about a too-small, too-round, scruffy little horse, and a determined little girl. Together they work hard to achieve their dreams.