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The Black Stallion – A book review


The Black Stallion by Walter Farley is a story about a beautiful black stallion. If you are a horse- loving child; be sure not to miss it. It is all about the strong bond that formed between a boy and a wild, black, Arab horse. A book that almost compulsively finds itself in a child’s book shelf.

About the author

Walter Farley was an American author. His first and most famous work was The Black Stallion written in 1941. Mr. Farley went on to write thirty-three other enormously popular books about the Black Stallion and other horses which were published in more than twenty countries. He died in 1989, shortly before the publication of his last novel, The Young Black Stallion, written with his son Steven.

Synopsis of the story

The Black stallion is all about Alec Ramsay and his friendship with a remarkable horse, referred to only as Black. Alec’s ship gets wrecked in a storm while returning from a trip to India. Alec and Black were the only survivors, washed on to a small, deserted island. Alec has to survive for nineteen days in that desolate place - a long time in a desolated place - and it is here that a strong bond is formed between Alec and the wild Arab horse.

After nineteen long delightful days Alec and Black are rescued by a passing ship. Now the story takes a sharp turn. Alec meets up with Henry Dailey is a former racehorse trainer who recognizes Black's potential for speed. Man and boy pair up to train the spirited horse.

Two champion horses, each touted as the best racer in the country enter the scene. Does Black beat them? Read on ………………………


Theme of the story

The story is a whopping adventure. Farley’s descriptions of the proud, fiery Black bring the wild horse magnificently to life before our eyes. The prose is simple and racy one event leading swiftly to another, but the richness and depth remains. The bond between the boy and the horse are tangible through all the pages.

Other books by Walter Farley

Walter Farley wrote 31 stories about the Black stallion each as popular as the other. Here are a few for your reading pleasure………

  • The Black Stallion Returns (1945)
  • Son of the Black Stallion (1947)
  • The Black Stallion Revolts (1953)
  • The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt (1954)
  • The Black Stallion Legend (1983)
  • The Young Black Stallion (1989) (with Steven Farley)

An easy to read book for elementary-aged kids and for younger children, the book makes an excellent read-aloud story. "The Black Stallion" is an absolute must-read for any young horse lover.

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