kaitodarkmousy asked: I was reading "Fortunately, the Milk"to my 2nd graders today and they had a question. I promised I would contact the author and see what he said, so here it goes. In the story, you have a pink pony with a blue star, even though blue stars are last season. Why, then, is the pony wearing a blue star? They asked and were very curious. I hope you can spare a moment for an answer and thank you very much for your time and for writing this wonderful book that is getting the best reactions from a class.
It was a very poor pink pony, who had saved up all its ponymoney the previous year and got the finest blue glittery star it could. It had reveled in how fashionable it was, and been overjoyed when all the other ponies gave it envious looks and sidelong glances.
But fashion moved on inexorably in pony world and after a year the blue star it was so proud of went out of fashion. All the hip cool ponies were wearing silver stars. Our pony had spent all its ponymoney on a blue star, and was going to have to start saving up for a silver star, but it did not yet have enough.
And somewhere the fashion-star-designing ponies were laughing, because they knew that by the time the pony could afford a silver star, they would already have moved on to mauve.