And now look at the last version - an innocent tea table laid for tea.
I may being unfair here - and at least the cover does portray an actual scene from the book, something rare in the photographic cover - but by the 1980s, jumping through fire wasn't something health and safety officers would recommend, and that does appear to be reflected in the cover. Mind you, it might well be that no model fancied jumping their pony through actual fire. I know it would have given me pause for thought, had it been my own precious pony.
I doubt that Josephine had any idea that one of her books would fall foul of modern mores in quite the way that this one has. The book is still a good read: there's a fine interplay of characters between the Trelawny and Henderson families. After a very unpromising start, they manage to work together and produce a jumping display.
And if you've always wondered what the families got up to next, there's some episodes from their later history on my forum.
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