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Title: The Blind Colt by Glen Rounds
A blind colt is born to a mare who is part of a herd of Mustangs in the American West. Whitey, a young boy, and his uncle Torwal own a nearby ranch, and watch over the animals within their domain. Uncle Torwal is in favor of shooting the colt, but Whitey pleads for his life. He would love to own a horse like that someday. Against all odds, the little colt survives the winter but gets lost and separated from his band. He finds his way to the ranch’s other horses, and Whitey finally gets his chance to prove that his faith in the blind colt’s abilities has not been misplaced.
I’ve had this book since I was a kid and I remember being enamored of it back then. Though I never had a horse, I dreamt of getting one and even wrote a story in first grade about a horse that was mine (in reality it belonged to my cousins). So yeah, horses have always fascinated me. Interestingly, this book is based on a true story!
It’s a bit short for a chapter book, so a child could read it in a day or two. There really isn’t much to the story. A blind colt is born and survives in the American West with his mother and the rest of the Mustangs. However, one day he slips down a ravine and can’t get back to the other horses. In his wanderings, he finds his way to the ranch’s work horses and sticks with them until he is discovered by Whitey, the boy who kept him from being shot in the first place. Whitey then gentles the colt and Uncle Torwal says he can keep him. That’s it!
The writing itself is quality and I think that’s what makes the story enjoyable. There is a lot of description about the wilderness and the discoveries that the colt makes while he tries to get by in the big, mysterious world. He faces some perils along the way, such as a rattlesnake, mudhole, blizzard, etc., but with his heightened senses of hearing and smell, and the help of his mother, this tough little guy makes it through.
I recommend The Blind Colt to kids who are just beginning to read chapter books or as a cute family read-aloud. It would particularly appeal to horse lovers!
Rating: 4 Stars
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