Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson, illustrated by Maja Andersen
Keeker is an eight-year-old girl who desperately wants a pony. She has taken riding lessons, been to riding camp, and read books on horse care. But, she thinks she'll never get a pony of her own.
Plum is a Shetland pony who loves to eat and gallop around. She is a little bit sneaky. And, she doesn't think about girls. When Keeker's parents buy Plum and bring her home, Keeker and Plum don't hit it off right away.
"My OWN pony," thought Keeker. "I love her already."
Plum stared at Keeker.
"Whose girl is this?" thought Plum.
Keeker waits while Plum gets comfortable in her new home. Finally the day comes when Keeker can ride Plum. They have an adventure that involves sneaky pony antics, a forest, ferns, and a bunch of blackberries - and ends with Keeker and Plum becoming friends.
"I'm glad I got a girl," thought Plum as she burbled away. "With a little more training, she'll be just right."
The text is easy to read, with illustrations on almost every page. There are three pages of Pony Facts at the end of the book - written in a simple, friendly style. This is the first book in the Sneaky Pony series.