~FREE ♌ The Black Stallion ♟ Published Originally In , This Book Is About A Young Boy, Alec Ramsay Who Finds A Wild Black Stallion At A Small Arabian Port On The Red Sea Between The Black Stallion And Young Boy, A Strange Understanding Grew That You Lead Them Through Untold Dangers As They Journeyed To America Nor Could Alec Understand That His Adventures With The Black Stallion Would Capture The Interest Of An Entire Nation
I know I read this as a kid yet I couldn t remember a thing about it which is odd, although I hadn t remembered Misty of Chincoteague very well, either Too many years, I guess Anyway, I m really happy that I had a chance to reread this as an audio book narrated by Frank Muller who did an excellent job.This is definitely a kids book, perfect for young teens down It s full of adventure yet Alec never forgot to do his homework plus his parents were completely clueless while being fully supportive It s also full of fortuitous coincidence, something I normally abhor, but that wound up being part of the charm Things just worked out for the best that made for a great story.This was written in 1941, so it is also nostalgic in many ways The horses were described well, although using whistling to describe one of their high cries bothered me throughout I ve always called it a scream, but things like riding without all the safety gear, getting bucked off, the exertion of staying on a fast moving horse were very well done The racing was great, too Very reminiscent of the match races of the day between Man O War his get They did keep using a saddle after they heard it break, though The only time I ve known a saddle with a broken tree to work was on an extremely fat Welsh pony It didn t pinch him due where it broke all his fat We used it because it kept good saddles from getting ruined since he had a penchant for scratching his back occasionally When Fritz decided to roll, he was going to roll to hell with the rider tack.Seeing NYC Long Island today, some might find it hard to believe the area was rural enough to hold a horse field since Flushing, NY is right on the East River in Queens, just east of LaGuardia airport While it is now one of the busiest in the world, there wasn t much commercial traffic in the 30s the date is never given Alec was planning to take a month to travel back from India via ship, so LaGuardia might still have been an amusement park which it was until 1929.New York has also spread amazingly fast My great grandfather kept goats chickens in Glen Cove not far east into the 1940s some of his neighbors had horses Mom kept her horse in Centerport further east in the 1950s we used to ride double from our farm in Lake Grove even further east, north of Lake Ronkonkoma, about midway along Long Island across fields to the post office in the early 1960s By the late 70s, the fields were gone, completely replaced by houses packed together on quarter acre lots completely changed in less than 20 years So much growth in so little time, mostly due to the way the car changed transportation times, I think.I highly recommend this, especially in this format for adults There are some great illustrated editions, too If you like this, I d also recommend Old Bones the Wonder Horse That s actually based on a true horse I gave it a 5 star review here No idea when I first read this but I was very young This is the German edition and I always loved the covers just looked into the English ones and am not convinced so I probably won t re buy them I was never the girly type of girl that was into horses, but the fierceness of the Black Stallion, the majestic way it was portrayed in the movie as well as the Arabian kept in the stables where I had my lessons , and the adventures sucked me in With the generous backing of my grandfather who liked the series as much as I did I got all of the original 13 15 if you count those that Steven Farley, Walter Farely s son, penned or at least helped with volumes on my shelf.It s definitely time for a re read and, perhaps, for re watching the old movie too. Alex Ramsey first meets the black stallion when they re both booked on a ship called the Drake When the ship is destroyed during a storm, the Black stallion and Alex are the only survivors They wash up on a deserted island Alex knows if it wasn t for the Black he won t have survived the shipwreck When Alex is rescued from the island, he insist on the Black being saved too Soon they are on a voyage to New York in America What fate awaits for a boy and a wild black stallion I can remember reading this book around ten or eleven years old I loved it so much I went on to read all the horse books by Walter Farley, and some by other authors as well This was my first taste of reading for pleasure Later, I would extend my love of reading about horses to actually owning a horse on my stepmother s farm My stepmother, Lynne, saved horses from neglect and abuse My first horse, Tonka, was a prancer and I loved her Reading this book again brought back memories of bygone years of pleasurable midnight rides on Tonka I recommend this children s novel to kids and adults alike My copy was illustrated by Domenick D Andrea. Reading this to my kids, I honestly wonder if I ve actually read it I read all the Walter Farley books as a kid, and we also owned the movie on VHS So I suspect that I had simply seen the movie, and then moved on with the books after that The book is quite similar to the movie, and my kids found it a little dry It goes into great detail about how wild the Black is, and how only Alec can ride him, but the big race takes place in just one chapter Still, it s the first book about a horse that DOESN T die, and for that, I honor it I ve been an avid horse fanatic since before I can remember Unfortunately, when you re a kid growing up in the city, there s nothing a horse fanatic can do about it until they grow up and can afford or work for lessons of their own When I was a teenager, my parents movied to Long Island, and I finally had the opportunity to work summers at a barn in exhange for riding lessons Today I teach riding to little kids, and spend as much time in a barn as a can In those years before my horse crazy self had my own horses to adore, and lessons and training to look forward to, these books, among others kept my dream of being an equestrian going Although I may not have loved all the farley books equally, and I ve only just realized that there were around 20 of them, they re all still great books in my opinion A definite gift for the horse crazed kid. I don t like horses, or horse books, but I really enjoyed this one. Wanda s Summer Carnival of Children s Literature Wow, talk about fantasy And yet this is the book which ignited my passion for reading Totally unrealistic and it was totally captivating to an 11 year old, horse crazy girl This is the book which started my life long habit of identifying with male characters, because I wanted to be Alec Ramsey I am also truly lucky to have had an indulgent father who purchased my first pony, Nippy, at an auction sale for 50 We left home with a truck full of pigs and returned home with a Shetland pony Nippy I came to have a very close relationship, which I no doubt modelled on Alex the Black Fortunately for me, Nippy was much like old Napoleon in this tale than like the wild black stallion It was a treat to re read this novel and to remember my total adoration of this series, despite the fact that it really doesn t turn my crank any as an adult Still, like a first love, I will always have fond memories of The Black Stallion. A very nice children s story. I didn t remember this book as being a race horse story My memory of it was a child bonding with an animal It s funny how the mind can omit the things from memory that we don t like or aren t interested in I remember the island part and the neighbor with a stable but everything else is gone I guess it really wouldn t have been that interesting of a story if it was just those parts as written without the exciting conclusion Although if they would have made Alec and the Black s time on the island the center focus by lengthening their stay and adding drama, well that would have been a book I would have loved too.I also don t have a memory for what came first in my world of reading, The Black Stallion or Black Beauty What I do know for sure is that I definitely had a horse obsession going on I m sure I even asked for a pony of my own at Christmas but ended up with a Barbie Dreamhouse instead I bet if you asked my dad now he would say the horse would have been an easier purchase after spending his Christmas Eve night into early Christmas Day putting the damn thing together 25 plus years and the man is still complaining.