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The Black Stallion Paperback – August 20, 1991
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- Publisher : Yearling; 1st edition (August 20, 1991)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 187 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679813438
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679813439
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 680L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.53 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's exciting and well written. It's a powerful story about strength, love, trust and patience.
Every young reader should enjoy this book. Every adult should return to it and savor the pleasure of an exciting book from our early reading days.
I re-read this in two sittings. It's an easy read ( and yes, was written for and suited for younger readers).
I may have to re-read the entire series again because I so enjoyed this classic about a boy, a shipwreck, survival, and the bond he developed with beautiful, wild horse.
This is the first book in the set and while reading it I was brought back into Alex and The Blacks life and to my own childhood memories.
The story of Alec, The Black and Henry will always stand the tests of time. A boy and his horse survived together after a ship wreck and learning to love each other on a deserted island. Late a retired horse trainer makes it a wonderful trio and they become the greatest racers ever known.
To understand their coming future you must keep reading after the page or two about the author. The story continues in an "epilogue." Don't miss it!
I purchased the Kindle version with Whisper-Sync. This was my first time to try Whisper-Sync and I highly recommend you try it some time. It was a great bargain and I enjoyed switching back and forth between reading quietly and lying down to close my eyes while Frank Muller read the next chapter.
I found Farley's books in general, and this title in particular, to be quite entertaining when I was a child. I read my copy of The Black Stallion for the first time when I was six-years-old, and many times again in the years that followed. It was, and remains, a story well suited to entertain children. As such, I believe it merits the five stars I've given it.
If you are considering purchasing this (or any) book for a child, please keep in mind that not all children are at the same reading level at the same age. While I read and understood this book easily in first grade, my school library had it reserved for sixth graders. This is a novel, and has no illustrations. It is not a picture book in any way. Whether a child likes or dislikes a book depends greatly on his or her ability to read at the level at which the book was written. And this book, while not written for adults, does require more than a rudimentary understanding of the written word. Please share this book with children, but be sure they are ready for it.
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It's hard to describe this book without spoiling the story. But it's about a young boy who befriends a magnificent black stallion with a wild temperament. There is adventure and gentle taming of this wild horse in order for the boy to ride it. The story is only a couple of hours long, but whisks along at a good pace that keeps you interested. Farley does a great job describing the horse and the locations he sets the story around. Whilst reading, I was very much engrossed and imagining the places Farley was describing. Farley's characters are believable and interesting. The book focuses mainly on the boy and the horse, but there are some interesting supporting characters too.
It was written by Walter Farley in the 1940's I believe. He then went on to write many more Black Stallion adventures. This book was also made into a film. The film is not bad actually. But the book, as usual, is better :)
I enjoyed reading this book. So much so, I purchased the second in the series.
At £2.71, it's fair value due to the reasonably short length.
I've read quite a few horse themed books and this still remains my favourite of them.
Should you read it? If you're a fan of horses, definitely.
this is probably my favourite book of all time and it got me excited all over again.
a must read.