The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I never went through a “horse” stage, which I understand many girls go through. I preferred stories about ghosts, vampires, black cats holed up inside brick walls, and teenagers with telekinesis, so this was one of the many books I missed when I was the target audience. My daughter reads animal stories like I used to read horror stories, so The Black Stallion eventually made it onto her reading list.

While this book gives the reader the sense that there were no women in the early 20th century except a couple of wives who mostly kept fearfully tucked inside their homes trying to keep their menfolk from getting into mischief, it was better than I expected it to be. I vaguely remember seeing the movie when I was a kid, but I mostly just remember it being dark and kind of boring. As a result, I was surprised at just how engaging the book is. Read More