One thing I liked about this book, and this perhaps ties in with all the discussion there's been recently on whether children's books should have happy endings, is that Debbie doesn't get the horse. Cleo has to be sold, and Debbie manages to let her go. It's not really true to say it's an unhappy ending: there are elements of unhappiness, but also resolution and hope for the future.
Sadly the book has not always been well-served by its covers. I love the original Armada, printed in 1973, which I had. There's a pretty average later printing with a photographic cover, a Severn hardback which has a rather pretty mare, though it's a pity they didn't choose a picture where she has her ears forward. Perhaps they wanted to portray Cleo's bolshiness. The last printing was by Cavalier, and then there's the one below, which is another CBC effort, with a spooky ghost horse with a halo.
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