Tony The Pony

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Jack’s horse, Tony the Pony had knees that were knobbly and bony. Whenever he went galloping around the town, you could hear his clip – clopping, before he came around. Tony the Pony liked to trip around the beanstalk … but the beanstalk was so big that it did take a while. He often met Farmer Giles sat upon the stile. Tony the Pony was so fast, you could hardly see him as he went racing past. Tony the Pony was quite great, he jumped over every one of Farmer Giles’ gates. Galloping in the middle of the meadow, in the dew, before very long, he’d dropped a horseshoe. Tony the Pony looked all around, but he could only see daisies growing on the ground and the odd poppy was all that he found. The puddleduck lent him her webbed flippers, showing Tony the Pony how to waddle in slippers. Naturally, he looked quite a pillock, trying to look like a duck, waddling around the hillock. He quickly gave up on the matter and headed off to the footpath, where the ground was flatter. Next, Tony the Pony, tried to fly like a bird, though wearing feathers on his saddle, he looked quite absurd. Along came a centipede, with a clakkerty beat. So Tony the Pony asked him to lend him one for his hooves – he was sure they’d suit a treat – and that he would no longer topple over, in the middle of the wheat. Very soon, of course, with one hundred shoes, he was once more quickly on the move. The centipede’s shoes, of course were tiny and petite – hardly a fit for Tony the Pony’s galloping feet. When Tony the Pony came across a pig, he asked him for one of his trotters – hoping they’d be a little more big. In the pig’s trotters, Tony the Pony started to totter. They didn’t look all that nice and he fell over once or twice ! Next, Tony the Pony asked a sheep – who said his woolly slippers could be bought in town where they were quite cheap. The hillside that Tony the Pony was climbing was so steep, he fell back down in quite a heap. As Tony the Pony considered the problem over some hay … along came a butterfly passing his way. The butterfly said he had some left over from his caterpillar days, and that the fashionable multi – colours were quite a craze. Tony the Pony tried them on for size, when he tried fluttering like a butterfly, the animals in Jack’s beanstalk couldn’t believe their eyes. When the weather got worse, they shrunk and didn’t fit his feet, of course. So, Tony the Pony borrowed a pair of socks, from a cow, asleep on the rocks. Resting on a log, was a very noisy dog – who suggested that perhaps furry feet were what Tony the Pony might need to make him all tidy and neat. The cow said they no longer fit his udder and in the cold weather, they only made him shudder. Tony the Pony stretched them somewhat to see if they’d fit over the size twelve hooves that he’d got. Tony the Pony walked further down the path … he skidded in a puddle and landed in a mud bath ! Whilst he was washing his socks by the riverside, a fisherman showed him the fish that he’d caught with pride. But Tony the Pony wasn’t interested in them at all – he much preferred the Wellington boots that made the fisherman ten feet tall ! “I’d like a pair just like that !”, remarked Tony the Pony as he straightened his hat. When the fisherman went off cooking, Tony the Pony stole them, whilst he wasn’t looking. His new Wellington boots, fit a dream – he especially liked the colour, black with splashes of green. He paraded his footwear all over the farm, stomping up and down on the spot, in order to keep his four feet warm.

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Can you see “Tony” hiding inside these words ? (sometimes, the letters may be jumbled up).

gluttony

country

dictionary

disappointingly

bouyant

continuity

consilatory

conventionally

stoney

botany

attorney

contrary

institutionally

torrentially

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On The Hoof

How many words, like “hoof” can you think of that contain the letters O – O – F ?

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Horseshoes Add the letters S – H – O or S – H – O -O to complete the words

horse ____ w

____ rt

____ t

____ cking

____ pping

____ wing

____ vel

____ wn

____ t

____ t

____ p

____ al

____ re

____ ne

____ ddy

____ cking

____ ut

____ wer

__ __ r __ ud

____ p – keeper

____ rten

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In The Middle Of The Meadow

From the passage above, what word should go in the middle of these sentences – can you guess ?

1. Jack’s horse, Tony the Pony _____ knees that were knobbly and bony.

2. Whenever he went galloping around the _____, you could hear his clip – clopping, before he came around.

3. Tony the Pony liked to trip around the beanstalk … but _____ beanstalk was so big that it did take a while.

4. He often met Farmer _____ sat upon the stile.

5. Tony the Pony was so fast, you _____ hardly see him as he went racing past.

6. Tony the Pony was quite great, _____ jumped over every one of Farmer Giles’ gates.

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Which Shoes Fit Which Animal ?

trotters  … horseshoe … flippers … hooves … waders … 

horse – pig – frog – cow – duck

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers :1. had

2. town

3. the

4. Giles

5. could

6. he

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