|Hodder & Stoughton, 1st edition, 1952|
Jill is wildly excited, and the last thing she expects is that she will lay eyes on Rapide, and he will lay eyes on her, and it will be dislike at first sight. Jill expects a pony who will at least show some interest. What Rapide expects we come to learn later in the story; but it isn't a human being full of the milk of human kindness.
|Hampton Library edition|
|Armada, paperback, 1960s, cover Mary Gernat|
|Knight pb, 1960s, cover Bonar Dunlop|
This edition has a blue variant cover
|Knight, 1973, cover W D Underwood|
|Hodder, 1974, laminated boards|
|Knight, 1990s, cover Adrian Lascom|
In all these editions, it's interesting to see how the two ponies were interpreted: the 1974 laminated cover edition being particularly wide of the mark, where Rapide appears to have turned into an Exmoor. He's either not on the cover of the Red Rosette edition, or he's morphed into a grey. The latest edition, by Fidra Books, is the first to get the ponies right for quite some decades.
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