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Blackie, The Horse Who Stood Still Hardcover – September 19, 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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"What a sweet, soulful tome of tree flesh. Cerf's Up! Turn the page!"
--Wavy Gravy, Winnarainbow Kids Camp Director, Woodstock Master of Ceremonies, Seva Board Member, Ben & Jerry's ex ice cream flavor, Hippy Icon Flower Geezer and Temple of Accumulated Error


"Blackie is a beautiful and touching story, told in rhyme by Chris Cerf and Paige Peterson. Unforgettable as the tale is, the art work by Ms.Peterson is even more so. Long after you've read the book, you will remember the stunning pictures, illustrating the events of Blackie's life. This book will be admired and enjoyed by adults and cherished by children. An instant classic!"
--Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Workshop and originator of Sesame Street

"Kids will love it!!!"
-Lucie Arnaz


"BLACKIE is an equine delight...the story and the illustrations are witty, deceptively simple & simply beautiful."
-Laurence Luckinbill

I wish our daughter still nestled in my lap so I could read her the inspiring story of Blackie, a horse who appeared lazy but in fact understood why nature is to be savored and change is sometimes to be resisted. I think I'll read it to her anyway!
- Ken Auletta

About the Author

Christopher Cerf is an author, composer-lyricist, record and television
producer, editor, and cofounder and president of the educational television production company, Sirius Thinking, Ltd. Since its first season in 1970,
Cerf has played a pivotal role in the creation and production of the "Sesame
Street" television program, most notably as a regular contributor of music
and lyrics. In the process, he has won two Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards for songwriting and music production. Currently, Cerf serves as Co-Executive Producer of "Between the Lions," the multiple-Emmy-award-winning children's literacy series, created by his
company for PBS.

Paige Peterson is a noted New York artist who has also appeared on "Oprah"
and Lifetime Television's "Our Home," and who has designed and styled
segments for ABC's "Good Morning America." Her paintings are exhibited regularly in galleries across the country, and in 2003 she was selected for membership in the prestigious Guild Hall Academy of the Arts. While growing
up in Belvedere-Tiburon, California, Paige walked down the old railroad
tracks to Blackie's pasture and fed him apples, carrots, and sugar cubes
until Blackie's death in 1966. She lives and works in New York City with her
two children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 12
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620176
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Philip C. Hart on October 19, 2006
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This title was purchased for my grand children yet it was my wife and myself who "entered" this special story before passing it on to our younger readers. Mr. Cerf's words reminded us of times past while Ms. Peterson's broad and colorful brush strokes brought life to each page.

This is a read for both the young and old.

Philip Hart
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Truly an inspiration, the book incorporates a heartwarming narrative with a poignant message of environmental preservation . Congratulations to both the author and illustrator as "Blackie, The Horse Who Stood Still" is clearly the number 1 children's tale in recent memory as it recaptures the innocence and beauty of childhood. I highly recommend it to all ages as I know anyone who reads it will be as touched as I was.
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By he5254 on September 22, 2006
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This is an adorable story with great paintings. Any child or adult would love to add this to their collection.
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We live in Tiburon and my childern remember Blackie when they were tots. This is a true story and it is wonderful even if you never saw this old black horse. Blackie was a part of our community and now he can be a part of children's storys all over the world. There is no scary or violent words in the entire story and it all rymes too! A must read for kids of all ages
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Both my children absolutly love this book. I have a boy and girl that are 5 and 7... Buy Blackie. Give it. Share it. You won't be let down.
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This book is wonderful. It would make a fantastic animated t.v. special. The illustrations are terrific and the writing is truly pleasing. I may order more copies to give as gifts to others besides my grandchildren. It is charming. I loved it.
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After you have read this wonderful story to your children ( or Class) plan a ride or a field trip to Tiberon to see the statue of Blackie standing in the meadow. It may lead to more reading for pleasure.
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I have lived in Tiburon, the Town where Blackie lived, for sixty years; and well remember Blackie the horse. My children grew up visiting Blackie and feeding him carrots and sugar cubes. I now live just a block away from Blackie's grave and statue. It is nice that this book was written so that the children today have a better understanding for why the statue stands in Blackie's Pasture.
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