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A doll that parents of young boys have been crying out for! Finn has been designed as a playtime buddy that boys can relate to. He looks like a boy, with a realistic, healthy childlike body shape, and promotes wholesome play values too; no guns or violence in sight.
Pony Club is about much more than just riding. At Pony Club Lottie learns about caring for her horse. She also studies for achievement badges covering subjects like feeding, equipment, pony behaviour and grooming. As well as trying to improve her riding, Lottie makes new friends who share her love of ponies. It’s always good fun; some days are themed with treasure hunts, treat making for ponies and lots of other pony activities.
Lottie is volunteering at Branksea Animal Shelter, helping to look after the homeless cats and dogs. One day a cardboard box is mysteriously left outside the front door with a hungry and frightened Persian cat inside. They decide to name her Pandora. Unlike the Greek myth, where a box brought unhappiness, here the arrival of Pandora is a cause for joy and fresh hope. Lottie helps to nurse Pandora back to health and make sure that her furry coat is kept clean and fluffy.
There is a Science Fair at school and Lottie decides to research if it is possible to build a robot using only recycled materials. It is hard work, but fun and exciting too. Maybe if the robot is really good it can even help her to tidy her bedroom and do the household chores!
There is a pirate themed raft race at this year’s Branksea Regatta which starts at the pier and ends with a treasure hunt on Smugglers Cove beach. Lottie reads the tale of Grace O’ Malley, a real life pirate who lived many years ago in Ireland, and decides that Grace is going to be the inspiration for her crew.
Lottie is learning karate and trains hard to master her technique as well as the Dojo Kun, the five karate training hall rules. Lottie realises that karate is more than self-defence, it is a way of life: it means respecting yourself and always trying to be a better person, never giving up, being courteous to others and not using karate when you are angry.
Spring has sprung and Branksea is full of bright, colourful flowers, the smell of freshly cut grass, the distant hum of bees buzzing and the gentle flitter of butterflies across the meadows. Lottie loves to be outside and to enjoy a picnic in the garden, especially with her favourite strawberry fairy cakes.