Five Mile Charlie: A Special Pony for Carly
by Kimberly Adams
Carly lives on a farm in Oklahoma called Five Mile Farm. She wanted a pony more than anything. It was springtime and that brought back all the animals, flowers, and new life which included the honeybees. Over the mountain in an old house lived a hive of magical bees. Everyday Carly would walk there and tell them her wishes. Nora, the queen bee, would grant wishes for those who sought her out. So she sent a bee named Journey out to find Carly a pony. Journey passed by Grumps the coyote who all the animals on the farm were afraid of. Eventually Journey finds a pony and goes back to tell Nora. Nora and Journey return to the pony only to find that there is no pony. It is a llama named Charlie. Charlie didn’t think his farmer Bud would miss him so he left with Nora and Journey. Carly awoke to find Charlie. Carly thought he would be hungry so she ran to the house and found a big piece of cheese. One day Grumps came to the farm and all the animals got scared and ran. Luckily Charlie scared Grumps away. Charlie said to Carly that they must help Grumps find friends. They needed to go to the library to see what coyotes liked. The worker bees had been listening. They would help too. To be continued…
This was a great little story with unique characters that really make it what it is. I love the magical bees and Grumps. My son really laughed at the one illustration of Grumps at the end where it looks like he is tooting in the skunks face. The quality of the illustrations are amazing. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the story.
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