Something I really like about this novel by author Jackie French is that it is a collection of six short horse stories. Spanning over 170 pages, each story focuses on the horse’s role in a particular time area and an individual’s life. The stories include:
- The Golden Pony
- Strangers on Horseback
- Half a Million Horses
- Sir Grey Nose
- The Black Kid
- The Baker’s Horse
Aimed at children, these short stories are child friendly while also being educational and fun to read! The Black Kid may cause some concern based on it’s title, but this book focuses on the subject of racism in Australia and consequently uses some terms and shows how people can be racist. It is a wonderful story however about a young boy’s relationship with a black stallion.
“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.”
If you’d like to check out other horse fiction and non fiction that I’ve reviewed, visit Horse Book Reviews. Recently I’ve acquired A Day at the Races by Frances Paige and The Mustangers by Lauran Paine so look out for these in future reviews!