Monday, December 17, 2012
I mentioned my first books a few posts back---here they are.
Danny was my first hard cover book. I'll always remember how it felt in my hands. We didn't have much money when I was young, but my mom had a special place in her heart for books. We rode a bus home, looking at it together and I felt she was as excited as I was. The author, Syd Hoff was a famous cartoonist with much of his work in "The New Yorker." He worked all his life as a cartoonist, but was most well known for this children's book. It is a feel-good story, simply a boy finds a dinosaur and they become friends. The pictures make the book.
"Little Black A Pony," was by Walter Farley, a student from Columbia University. He grew up around horses and had a special love for them. He is best known for his series, "The Black Stallion."
Little Black was the pony of a boy who was drawn to another horse--Big Red. Soon the boy began riding Big Red, and Little Black was sad. No matter how he tried, he could not run as fast or jump as high as Big Red.
One day the boy tries to cross a frozen lake on Big Red and they fall through the cracking ice. Only Little Black, being little and all, can save the boy. The moral of the story stayed with me. We all are special and important in our own way. Don't ignore the simple small pony for a beautiful, large red horse, you may regret your choice to choose the book for its cover instead of its content.