Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer
I have always loved fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. It’s one of my core personality traits. While on the hunt for a completely different book for a patron, I stumbled upon “Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies” by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Jessie Sima (who is a master at drawing silly horses). Snow Pony has “a coat as white as snow and a mane as black as ebony” and she was somehow also “exceptionally good at braiding hair” even though she doesn’t have fingers. All the children in the land come to see her and they all have fabulous hair when they leave. Snow Pony is, of course, tricked into getting lost in the woods by a nefarious rival, and she finds a cozy stable belonging to seven miniature ponies. Incidentally, I had a horse when I was young and he was absolutely terrified of miniature ponies. But Snow Pony is very brave and very kind and the story goes about how you would expect, just with a lot of silly new details and the pleasing omission of a handsome prince.
And don’t worry, no one is turned into glue.