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Bonny’s Big Day

post written by Emma Filbrun

Bonny’s Big Day, by James HerriotTitle: Bonny’s Big Day
Author: James Herriot
Major Themes: Horses, Yorkshire, England, Vets
Synopsis: A farmer takes his old carthorse to the show, and enters her in the Family Pets class.

Bonny’s Big Day is another of James Herriot’s beautiful stories for children. The pictures are gorgeous paintings, and the story is lovely. In this story, which I’ve read uncountable times to my little people, the vet goes to take care of a carthorse’s sore foot. He pulls out the offending nail, and then tells the farmer he should take his horse to the Family Pets class at the local show. This horse hasn’t done any work for 12 years, and is kept only for the farmer’s pleasure, so of course she is a pet. The man in charge of the show doesn’t agree, though; will the farmer be able to show his majestic horse?

Any child who loves horses, or animals in general, will love this book. You will love the pictures of the Yorkshire countryside, too.

No warnings!

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9


Links to buy Bonny’s Big Day:


Paperback | Hardcover


Keywords: England, Horses, Vets, Yorkshire

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