Mary Helen and the Black Pony

by Molly Sanchez
Rated 4.8 out of 5

Overcoming Fears

Rated 5 out of 5
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

Rated 5 out of 5
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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Facing your Fears

Rated 5 out of 5
December 9, 2020

This a wonderful story about courage. I liked that Mary Helen went to her parents and God to help her face her fears. Animals are always a great hit in a story.

Linda L

Overcoming Fears with Help

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2020

This story of overcoming fears with help from God, family, and a horse was enjoyed by my younger children.

Ann M.

Beautiful, inspiring book!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 5, 2020

This is a dynamic story that hit home for my shy, quiet daughter. I love how Mary Helen turns to her parents for help when she feels too scared to talk to people, and how they point her to God, all amid a fun and interesting story about horses and friends.

Danielle B
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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.

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