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Horses have an almost magical attraction for children. There are more good horse stories than you can shake a saddle at. Two very beautiful books are The Blind Colt by Glen Rounds, and Song Of The Horse by Richard Kennedy. Glen Rounds grew up on a Montana ranch himself, and there’s not much he doesn’t know about about the badlands or about horses. The Blind Colt is the almost-true story of the terrible hazards encountered by a little mustang born blind. Old Uncle Torwall isn’t very hopeful of the colt’s future, but with patience, know-how and kindness, the young boy Whitey gets himself a real smart horse. Rounds’ little ink sketches are just fine. Kennedy’s Song Of The Horse is essentially the love story of a girl and her horse. It all takes place in the girl’s mind where the words become pure poetry. I’ve read the book to a group of college students and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It’s a beautiful idea and unusually illustrated in black and white – one of my very favorite books.

Peter Neumeyer is a professor of English at San Diego State University and highly recognized in the field of children’s literature. He is the author, editor, or translator of 10 books and over 100 articles. His articles and reviews appear regularly in Mother and Parents’ Choice. In 1994, he published The Annotated Charlotte’s Web, and he is currently assembling his second collection of poetry.


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