Christy's Dream
contributed by: Josie Arnold, Traveller Education Service

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Christy's Dream, by Caroline Finch (Picture Mammoth ISBN: 0-7497-4294-1

In the Ballymun area of Dublin, ponies are kept amid the inner-city tower block estates. Other boys living in his tower block have horses, and Christy longs to own his own pony - but his mother forbids him from having one himself. Christy secretly saves all his pocket money to buy one at the Smithfield Horse Market in Dublin. But what will his mum say when he brings Jasmine home?


This beautifully illustrated picture book provides a wealth of opportunities for Literacy Hour activities in KS1 and KS2.

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Year 2 Term 2: Fiction and Poetry: Traditional stories: stories and poems from other cultures

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Year 4 Term 3: Fiction and Poetry:  Stories that raise issues; stories from other cultures

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Year 5 Term 3: Fiction and Poetry:  Novels, stories and poems from a variety of cultures and traditions

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Read a news story about the real children that live on the Ballymun Estate who own horses.


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