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Little Black, a Pony Hardcover – 1961


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Product Details

  • Series: Little Black (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; BCE edition (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760721920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760721926
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We read this book several times a week.
Kassie
I read this series of books when I was young, and now I am excited to be able to share them with my 3 year old daughter.
Allison L. Sowell
It's a wonderful, sweet story with a happy ending, and the illustrations are wonderful as well.
L. Hafer

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
One thing I remember most about being a child was my favorite story, Little Black, a Pony. My mother read it to me so many times that the binding fell off and the pages had to be stapled back in. When we eventually had to part with the book, she told me about how her mother also read it to her when she was little and how much she wished she could find another copy but the book was out of print. I now have children of my own, and wish that this book would be reprinted so i can share with them one of my favorite childhood memories. PLEASE REPRINT THIS CLASSIC STORY!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This sweet little book tells the story of a little boy and his pony, Little Black. The boy loves his pony, but one day he decides to try and ride a horse named Big Red. Big Red can run faster, jump higher and is in general more exciting to ride than Little Black. But each time Big Red is chosen over Little Black, Little Black gets sadder and sadder, until he runs away one winter morning. The boy rides Big Red to try and get his pony, and ends up trying to cross a frozen river. The ice breaks under Big Red and the two fall. Big Red manages to escape to the bank, but cannot save the boy. Little Black finally finds something he can do that Big Red can't, and saves the boy's life. The little boy then pledges to ride only Little Black from now on, and the book ends.

The story is told form the little boy's point of view. It flows very well; with only one or two spots I would have phrased something differently. The author also tends to use short sentences; "Then I saw something on the bank. Something in the trees! It was Little Black. He saw me in the water."

The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Everything -the horses and people- is very expressive. You can see the sadness in Little Black when the boy doesn't ride him. You can see the boy's fear when he is in the river. You can see Little Black's pride in saving him. All these emotions are portrayed beautifully. The pictures are not very detailed, but they are shaded wonderfully. The illustrator must have been very knowledgeable about horses as well, as these horses look alive. It is a great book with a sweet plot, great pictures and flowing words.

Loggie-log-log-log
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I made my family read this book to me so often that I had memorized it by the time I was three years old. Literally. I could recite it word-for-word. And oh, the illustrations! I loved both of those horses, Little Black and Big Red. This is the sort of book that will help children grow up loving books. It is well written and exciting and and warm. It's never cloying like so many children's books. This is a book that should have never gone out of print. I'd love to read it to my nieces and nephews.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Book on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am angry that the reviews that are shown for this book are the ones for the original version, which appears to be out of print. This is *not* the original story with the wonderful pictures that I loved as a child, the ones that are mentioned in several of the reviews; this seems to be one "translated into Navajo" and with different illustrations. Judging from the cover, I don't like them. Be warned: This is *not* the book you remember.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have this book called "Little Black, A Pony" & Walter Farley wrote this book & he is the author of a book called The Black Stallion series which was The Black Stallion & The Black Stallion Returns & others.
The illustrations in this book are illustrated by James Schucker & this is Beginner Books A division of Random House & the cover has a picture of a boy feeding Little Black an apple & the kid feeding Little Black has a red sweater & a white shirt on.
When the kid trys Big Red his friends stopped to look at him & he goes by Little Black but didn't look at him.
When he jumps Big Red, they go by Little Black & his head was down & he was very sad.
The part where his leg got stuck in the tree, the kid pulls his leg out.
When the kid rides Big Red on the ice, he goes to get Little Black who was running away & tried the ice but, the ice couldn't hold Big Red & Crack! Splash! down the kid went into the cold water. So then, the kid holds onto Little Black's tail & the ice held the two of them & Little Black saved him.
So one night all of his friend come to see Little Black.
They were all happy as him.
"Little Black," he says, "there is no horse like you. You are the best of all! And I will ride you only from now on."
This is a great book & I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The pictures reminded me of Baddeck & other places!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They help me go on vacations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This was joyful & I loved it!!!!!!!!!!1
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rice on January 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I made my mom read Little Black over and over, seemed (to her) like a thousand times. When she finally refused to read it again I learned to read at age 4. I read theat book so many times I wore the cover right off of the book! I had a copy priinted a few years ago by the company that prints the Dr Seuss books, but my boys managed to destroy it.
Please, by all means, reprint this book and also it's companions, Little Black at the Races and Little Black goes to the Circus!
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