Subtitle: Solo to Sydney by Pony
By: Stephanie Owen Reeder
Genre: YF - Children's & teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: National Library of Australia
Published: 01 Feb 2015
ISBN: 9780642278654


Pnf Book Of The Month

This is the inspiring 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 imaginaton of the naton, and his determinaton 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 plantng 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, celebratons in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.