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The Black Stallion and Flame Paperback – May 27, 2003
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Once Alec and the Black are rescued by a passing ship, the story takes a different turn. Back in New York, Alec asks a neighbor if he might stable the Black in the old barn on his property. As it turns out, Henry Dailey is a former racehorse trainer, and he immediately recognizes the Black's potential for speed. Thus, man and boy pair up in order to train the spirited horse, hoping to harness his energy and turn him into a competitive runner. At this time the racing world is all abuzz about an upcoming match race between two champion horses, each touted as the best racer in the country, but who have never run against each other. But when the Black shows more talent than Dailey would ever have thought possible, he begins to think that this wild, unpedigreed stallion just might have what it takes to beat them both...
The story is a bit far-fetched and idealistic, but it nevertheless makes for one whopping adventure.Read more ›
Only one beef I have - why, oh why, did they decide to re-do the illustrations? I still have my dogeared Scholastic Books paperback with the original illustrations. The original illustrator made the Black truly look like "the wildest of all wild creatures".
This book should be in every child's library!
Alec,The Black, and Henry are out on an adventure... once again!!
Alec is baffled by three colts that arrive for sale from Spain. They look so much like his horse, that Alec is sure they have the same sire.But that wonderful stallion died years ago in Arabia. Or did he?In search of the answer Alec and the Black begin a dangerous journey.
In spain they meet the colts' eccentric owner, Angel Gonzalez, who takes them to a remote mountian stronghold of anb Arab sheik. The sheik insists he's seen the Black's sire running free, in the mountains. And he wants Alec and the Black to catch him.Yet Alec is suspicious. He thinks the whole story is nothing more than an elaborite plot to lure him and his horse to this desolate place-but why??
You have to have read the first book in the series to know who Tabari is and if you don't then, you wouldn't get the whole book (expeacially the end!).
I don't know what became of my original books, but I re-ordered them as an adult and have them sitting proudly on the shelves in my library. That's the impact the books will have on your children! And buy the movie for them, too, while you're at it.
That being said, I do not think it is the best of the series. For one thing, I think that Mr. Farley had lost his 'spark' some time before that - and the early death of his beloved daughter didn't help much. The book has not aged well either - Pam comes across as a '60's hippie girl. Henry becomes an intolerant old geezer, and Alec begins to question his parents' values (why he would do that when they have given him a free rein all this time...well...).
I do admit that it was nice to read about Alec falling in love but all those scenes seemed so contrived to me...
It's still better than the followup that was released 12 years later "The Black Stallion Legend" which is just DEPRESSING.
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I always loved this book . Throwbacks are always a good time when you're looking for a really fun read.Published 19 days ago by Kari
Simply the best horse story! The Black Stallion sets the bar for all others. I loved this book as a kid and bought it to share with my daughter.Published 28 days ago by Kris
After years as a bachelor, Alec finally meets a girl that sparks his interest. When he does, he is forced to realize just how rooted in the past Henry and his parents are. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tania A. Ruiz
Best book I've ever read
in a long long time. I love it.
Those of you who love an amazing adventure
This is the book for you.👍
There are lessons to be learned from Pam's striving to be taken as an equal in a world of men, but I fear it taught more of sexism than the overcoming of sexism to my 6-year old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel D. Slosberg