STORY THEMES

Through friendship with nature, Mr. Green Pony and his companions

take magical adventures as they learn how to be kind, brave and green.  

Children will discover how much the Earth loves them and how much they love the Earth!

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MEET THE CHARACTERS

MR. GREEN PONY & MAYA

  • A wise and humble horse, Mr. Green Pony was raised by the trees (how he became green). He meets a little girl, Maya, and together they make new friends & have magical adventures.  Mr. Green Pony is patient, grateful, encouraging and the most lovable pony a child could ever have.

  • A curious, playful child, Maya welcomes Mr. Green Pony into her world when no one else will. She is helpful and enthusiastic and learns to respect her feelings. She discovers how much the Earth loves her and how much she loves the Earth! (Child is image free so all children can relate no matter their race, color or ethnicity.)


              Illustrations by Patricia Lamas

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EGOR

A silly and sometimes naughty chameleon, Egor adds some fun to the stories.  Although, he can become easily discouraged, Egor learns to be brave and use his imagination to conquer his negativity.  He learns to be BRAVE and KIND.

THE PRINCESS SNAKE

This royal reptile is resourceful and eager to help out. She sometimes likes to be alone in her castle but often leads the others on nature adventures.

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THE ORIGINS OF MR. GREEN PONY

How Mr. Green Pony came to life!

Grammy Lisa became inspired to develop an alternative to screens & videos while babysitting her three-year- old granddaughter. “The child was having a meltdown and, while tempted to put on a movie, I instead made up a story about a green pony that lived on her hobby farm. She was mesmerized and started playing along, becoming captivated with the images in her mind. She even made up her own stories!”


Over the following year, with the help of granddaughter, Madelyn, Grammy Lisa created a cast of magical friends on fun adventures.  She wrote 10 stories and recorded them with homemade sound effects, unique voices, and a catchy song at the end.  More stories keep coming!


The stories are often inspired by little miracles Lisa sees in nature hoping that our children will explore the magic of the earth and care for her over time.

                        CHILDREN LOVE IT!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Grammy Lisa

​Grammy Lisa (a.k.a Lisa Venable) inspires young children to wonder, learn, and use their imaginations. She believes the more kids can imagine something, the more they can use their minds to create a healthy, positive world.  She is committed to both the well-being of children and nature. 


Lisa is an author, psychotherapist and early childhood consultant in Minneapolis, MN. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychotherapy and a bachelor’s in child development. Lisa served as an  early childhood advocate to the MN Legislature and teaches at the Adler Graduate School of Counseling.

More on Lisa's work

 

STORY THEMES

Be Kind, Be Brave, Be Green!

BE KIND

Why Kind?

Kindness helps kids to share, get along better with others and 

be more successful as adults. 

 See 2015 study

Self kindness helps children believe in themselves and see mistakes as simply something to learn from.

BE BRAVE

Why Brave? 

Acknowledging a child’s feelings before encouraging them to take a risk

or try something new is key in developing courage.

More on how to message bravery to kids

BE GREEN

Why Green?  

Nature provides children with live, tactile experiences

that screens and digital media cannot.  

Nature teaches children about resiliency,

observation, survival and adventure!  

21 Things Nature Teaches 

Each story includes:

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

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©Lisa Venable 2019 

Illustrations by Patricia Lamas

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