Mary Helen and the Black Pony

by Molly Sanchez

Wonderful Book!

May 7, 2024

My 6yo daughter loves horses so bought it purely for the cover and just hoped for a good story. I was extremely happy with the story and so was my daughter. The main character learns that you always have a friend near and can go to God in prayer to help over come ones fears. Love the beautiful illustrations and sweet story plot.


Overcoming Fears

November 2, 2021

Mary Helen and the Black Pony was a tender hearted book. Helps guide children to overcome their fears. With God, you can overcome. My daughter loved this book. She struggles with reading, but was so excited to read this book through to the end. I noticed a difference in her reading as well, she got stronger each time she read.


Loved this as 2nd Chapter Book

October 30, 2021

My granddaughter who takes some motivation to get her to read, loves horses. She absolutely loved Mary Helen and the outcome of the whole book. We read a chapter a day as our reading for Language Arts. Very wholesome! Loved it.

Dara Springer

Overcoming Fears

May 10, 2021

This was a wonderful book and although it was about a little girl, it resonated with my young son who is much more shy and “timid” than my bold daughter. He especially enjoyed the read.

Petra S.

One of my favorite books from The Good and the Beautiful Library

January 7, 2021

This is one of my favorite books from The Good and the Beautiful Library. Mary Helen is shy and is learning that this is okay while enjoying her new pony. I love that her parents guide her into making important personal growth discoveries for herself, and it may be silly but I LOVED seeing some curvy adults featured in the book. I’m curvy, my mom is curvy, and at least one of my three daughters will likely be curvy so it’s great to see curviness kindly represented in children’s books!

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Level 2B

Mary Helen is a happy little girl who loves God, family, friends, and horses. But Mary Helen has a problem–she’s too shy to talk to anyone else! Grown-ups and older kids seem too scary to talk to, so she can only lower her head and say nothing at all. Find out how Mary Helen is able to grow and face her fears through God’s love, some helpful advice from her parents, and caring for a beautiful black pony named Moki.

  • 68 pages
  • Full-color illustrations
  • Paperback, perfect binding, 5.5″x8.5″

Mary Helen and the Black Pony is a level 2B book perfect for children who are about halfway through The Good and the Beautiful Level 2 Language Arts Course.

Original Publication Only Available from the Good and Beautiful Bookshop

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