Back in the 30's when I was a little girl horses were my passion. I read every book I could find about them. Then I discovered C. W. Anderson's Billy and Blaze books at our local library. I read and reread them and studied Anderson's drawings of Blaze. They were my absolute favorite books of all time. Many times over the years I have mentioned these books to my daughter and granddaughter (both horse people, too). Then one day I took a chance and went to Amazon and typed in a title. To my amazement up came the list of Billy and Blaze books I so cherished; I couldn't believe they were still in print. I immediately ordered the first five titles and intend to finish out the ones you have available. I was a little surprised to see how short the stories are, but the pictures are the same. Now at 78 years old I still love these little books that gave me such joy when I was young.
I realize this is not exactly a review, it is a testimony of the love of a little girl for some books that she never forgot.
My 7 yo son loves the Billy and Blaze series. This series is an excellent one for boys. Even if you don't think they have an interest in horses. There is great adventure, like only a boy could imagine. And the stories are not so inane that the parents reading them cry for mercy. ;-) I recommend it and my son highly recommends it.
C.W. Anderson has outdone himself with this Billy and Blaze story. I love most of his Blaze series with its timeless feel and innocence; what life used to be about. Blaze and Billy are put in a situation of defending the entire forest. They must make their way over hill and dale to alert the neighbouring farm. Will they make it... well I wont spoil it for you. Blaze and the Forest Fire is a unique and wonderful book. You will love it.
Blaze books are classics. Good for both boys and girls any child who loves horses. Great for children who recognize basic vocabulary words to read on their own. But of all the books my child read to me I remember her reading these to me the best it was a great bonding time. We share a love of horses.
I loved this series as a child both for the stories and for C.W. Anderson's illustrations and I love being able to give a copy to a child today. I hope that all of his books, as well as those written and/or illustrated by Wesley Dennis, continue to be available for people to purchase and share. They're simply charming.
This entire series is a treasure. Aside from the detailed line drawings that bring the story to life, there is actually quite a good plot. The tales encourage young folk to be responsible for their pets - even if the pet is not a horse. Enjoyable reading for ages 4 - 6.
In this, the second book in the series, Billy and Blaze are riding through the woods one day when Blaze suddenly stops. First they see smoke and then they see fire. Billy knows how dangerous a forest fire can be and knows he has to go get help. The nearest farm is quite a ways away across fences. Can Blaze jump over them all? Will the farmers be able to put out the fire?
The black and white, full page illustrations are absolutely exquisite. The expression on Blaze's face when he spots the fire is SO realistic! There is actually more text on each page than in the first one. Great for the older, more independent reader or as a read aloud to younger children. A truly delightful story of responsibility, bravery and much more.
The Billy and Blaze books were a staple of my childhood. Easy to read with wonderful and accurate pencil drawings, the stories are simple and compelling for a youngster. Billy also represents a very under represented minority in the equine world right now, a boy riding a horse that is not a "cowboy". Billy rides for fun and pleasure and rides english to boot! The pony Blaze is brave and uncomplicated, leaving Billy time to figure out his adventure in a short time. I bought the books for my grandson to grow up on.I would love for him to be as enchanted with them as I was, and to perhaps have them as a role model as he grows up equine, not necessarily Cowboy.
Fun books for their illustrations and not their writing quality, the Billy and Blaze series were always at the top of my list growing up. This particular story isn't as exciting as some of the others (such as Blaze and the Mountain Lion, or Blaze and Thunderbolt). But it still smacks of great adventure, and I think little boys in particular will be drawn to it.
Although poorly written, the Billy and Blaze series was fascinating to me as a girl and fed my imagination. Any young horse lovers will eat up the vivid black and white drawings that tell the quaint stories much more eloquently than the rather dry words.
Billy loves his pony named Blaze. And Blaze comes whenever Billy calls. One day as they are traveling through the forest they both notice the beginnings of a forest fire.
Billy must get word of it to others quickly. The fastest way is to ride across country. This means jumping dangerously high fences and a brook. And Blaze is only a pony, a small horse. It is going to take a lot out of him. But he, too, seems to know how important it is to hurry.