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Lennie the legend : solo to Sydney by pony / Stephanie Owen Reeder
Bib ID 6539406
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Reeder, Stephanie Owen, author
 
Description Canberra, A.C.T. : National Library of Australia, 2015 
©2015 
107 pages : colour illustrations, one map ; 22 cm 
ISBN 9780642278654 (hardback)
Summary

Age range 7 and over. Based on a true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie's 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time in Australia's history. Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way: a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.

Notes

National Library's N and NL copies signed by author.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-96) and index.

For primary school age.

Subjects Gwyther, Lennie.  |  Gwyther, Lennie -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Depressions -- 1929 -- Australia -- Juvenile literature.  |  Depressions -- 1929 -- Australia -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Farm life -- Victoria -- Juvenile literature.  |  Farm life -- Victoria -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Australia -- History -- 1901-1922 -- Juvenile literature.  |  Australia -- History -- 1922-1929 -- Juvenile literature.  |  Sydney Harbour Bridge (Sydney, N.S.W.) -- History -- Juvenile literature.  |  Sydney Harbour Bridge (Sydney, N.S.W.) -- History -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Australia -- History -- 1901-1922 -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Australia -- History -- 1922-1929 -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Australian
Form/genre Historical fiction.  |  Children's stories.

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