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A Book Is Not A Castle by Sabine Shah

Penelope was about to have a birthday, and had her heart set on a pony castle.

Penelope did not know why Dad lost his job or why he couldn’t find a new job closer to home or why all of a sudden everything in the shops had become so “expensive”, whatever that was. All she knew was that she wanted a pony castle for her birthday.

So the next time they went to the town, Penelope dragged Grandpa to show him the beautiful pony castle in the window of the toy shop. There was a rainbow arch in the middle. Under this arch were colourfully decorated shapes. If you placed one of the three ponies which came with the castle on these shapes, the shapes would rotate and all the lights lit up and music would come out of two tiny speakers hidden in the castle windows.