The Black Stallion

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First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old.

Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue ...

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Overview

First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old.

Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue their adventure continues in America.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Black Stallion is about the most famous fictional horse of the century." —The New York Times
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Pulled to a desert island by a wild black stallion he has freed during a shipwreck at sea, then rescued by a southbound freighter, a seventeen year old boy befriends the horse, trains him by night, and rides him to victory in a match race. Available for more than fifty years, this story will appeal to girls and boys who dream of owning and riding a horse.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Farley has undertaken another adaptation of his perpetually popular book, this time for readers not yet ready to tackle his The Black Stallion Picture Book (Random, 1979). This version is based on the ``Wild horse rescues boy'' segment of both the original story and the 1979 movie tie-in, from which a few sentences are repeated word-for-word. Writing in a bare-bones primer style, the author has pared down the adventures of Alec and the Black to a basic plot. Short, simple sentences describe the shipwreck, the struggle to survive, and the rescue that are already familiar to the millions of children who have seen the movie. Although the text is unremarkable, the illustrations succeed in recapturing the thrills of the ultimate child/horse fantasy. Drawing in pen-and-ink with a watercolor wash, Rabinowitz portrays the Black stallion as an exquisite, long-legged Arabian, with a strong resemblance to the real-life equine star, ``Cass Ole.'' Double-page spreads alternate with single-page illustrations, and they serve to convey the story independent of the text. Combined with the obvious appeal of the subject, the effective artwork makes this book a sure-fire winner for young horse fanciers. Charlene Strickland, Los Angeles County Public Library, Valencia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679813439
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: Black Stallion Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 42,478
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Farley's first book, The Black Stallion, was an instant hit when it appeared 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.

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Homeward Bound

1

The tramp steamer Drake plowed away from the coast of India and pushed its blunt prow into the Arabian Sea, homeward bound. Slowly it made its way west toward the Gulf of Aden. Its hold was loaded with coffee, rice, tea, oil seeds and jute. Black smoke poured from its one stack, darkening the hot cloudless sky.

Alexander Ramsay, known to his friends back home in New York City as Alec, leaned over the rail and watched the water slide away from the sides of the boat. His red hair blazed redder than ever in the hot sun; his tanned elbows rested heavily on the rail as he turned his freckled face back toward the fast-disappearing shore.

It had been fun—those two months in India. He would miss Uncle Ralph, miss the days they had spent together in the jungle, even the screams of the panthers and the many eerie sounds of the jungle night. Never again would he think of a missionary's work as easy work. No, sir, you had to be big and strong, able to ride horseback for long hours through the tangled jungle paths. Alec glanced down proudly at the hard muscles in his arms. Uncle Ralph had taught him how to ride—the one thing in the world he had always wanted to do.

But it was all over now. Rides back home would be few.

His fist opened. Lovingly he surveyed the pearl pocketknife he held there. The inscription on it was in gold: To Alec on his birthday, Bombay, India. He remembered, too, his uncle's words: "A knife, Alec, comes in handy sometimes."

Suddenly a large hand descended on his shoulder. "Well, m'boy, you're on your way home," a gruff voice said, with a decidedly English accent.

Alec looked up into the captain's wrinkled, wind-tanned face. "Hello, Captain Watson," he answered. "It's rather a long way home, though, sir. To England with you and then to New York on the Majestic."

"About four weeks' sailing all in all, lad, but you look like a pretty good sailor."

"I am, sir. I wasn't sick once all the way over and we had a rough crossing, too," Alec said proudly.

"When'd you come over, lad?"

"In June, sir, with some friends of my father's. They left me with my uncle in Bombay. You know my Uncle Ralph, don't you? He came aboard with me and spoke to you."

"Yes, I know your Uncle Ralph. A fine man, too. . . . And now you're going home alone?"

"Yes, sir! School opens next month and I have to be there."

The captain smiled and took Alec by the arm. "Come along," he said. "I'll show you how we steer this ship and what makes it go."

The captain and crew were kind to Alec, but the days passed monotonously for the homeward-bound boy as the Drake steamed its way through the Gulf of Aden and into the Red Sea. The tropic sun beat down mercilessly on the heads of the few passengers aboard.

The Drake kept near the coast of Arabia—endless miles of barren desert shore. But Alec's thoughts were not on the scorching sand. Arabia—where the greatest horses in the world were bred! Did other fellows dream of horses the way he did? To him, a horse was the greatest animal in the world.

Then one day the Drake headed for a small Arabian port. As they approached the small landing, Alec saw a crowd of Arabs milling about in great excitement. Obviously it was not often that a boat stopped there.

But, as the gangplank went down with a bang, Alec could see that it wasn't the ship itself that was attracting all the attention. The Arabs were crowding toward the center of the landing. Alec heard a whistle—shrill, loud, clear, unlike anything he had ever heard before. He saw a mighty black horse rear on its hind legs, its forelegs striking out into the air. A white scarf was tied across its eyes. The crowd broke and ran.

White lather ran from the horse's body; his mouth was open, his teeth bared. He was a giant of a horse, glistening black—too big to be pure Arabian. His mane was like a crest, mounting, then falling low. His neck was long and slender, and arched to the small, savagely beautiful head. The head was that of the wildest of all wild creatures—a stallion born wild—and it was beautiful, savage, splendid. A stallion with a wonderful physical perfection that matched his savage, ruthless spirit.

Once again the Black screamed and rose on his hind legs. Alec could hardly believe his eyes and ears—a stallion, a wild stallion—unbroken, such as he had read and dreamed about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    A Wonderful And Inspiring book For All Ages!1

    When I first picked up this book, I thought this book would be EXCEDINGLY boring. This is because I tried reading 'Black Beauty' earlier, and found it REALLY,REALLY boring. But as soon as I started reading it, I was not able to put it down! It's a wonderful story. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves horses!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Great book for those who love horses!

    This book is a classic and a great read for those who love horses. It was a great prelude to watching the movie, which is another classic. The six year old little girl I take care of enjoyed it and is excited to read the next book in the series.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What can I say?

    Bravo Bravo!! It is a book you want to re-read every few years. Great characters as well as an amazing story.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Great Horse Book - Not Just for Kids!

    No one can narrate a horse race like Walter Farley! His prose is descriptive and compelling, and he truly brings to life the noble spirit of the horse. The entire series is a must-read for horse fans and lovers of good fiction alike.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    From a 50-year fan

    This is a wonderful series, which I read in the 1950's when I was a teenager. I am getting it now for my great niece, with whom I share a love of horses.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Read it!

    I won't elaberate because other reviewers have, but this is a must read book. Once you read it, you will definately want to finish the rest of the series. You don't have to be a horse lover to love this book. Can be enjoyed by all ages.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Grr

    Will ya'll people stop writeing stupid comments and tell people about the book!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    Black Stallion

    This book is a new writing style, absolutely nothing can match it! Farley did a outstanding job with this book. It will forever change the way you feel about horses. Enjoy!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    The Black Stallion

    This Book is AWSOME! I don't have it on Nook, but I have the whole PAPERBACK collection and Breyer Model Horses The Black Stallion and Island Stallion! I completely reccomend this sieres to ANYBODY who dosnt not like Horses! This seires has Adventure, Horse Racing, and Horse Love and it will keep you READING for a while! Alec the main character is in a boat crash and the Black is with him and they have an adventure, throughout the sieres there is alot of Racing, Training, and Freindmaking! They Travel the world together! From a 10 Year Old!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Hai!!!!!!!!

    Hi annie

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    best book you'll ever read

    This is the best book i've ever read. If you like horses, you will love this book. Walter Farley really pulls you into the book, with great details to the dialouge of every character. This book deserves 6 stars.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    The Stallion is Outstanding!

    Being shipwrecked with a wild stallion isn't easy, which is what Alec Ramsey finds out the hard way. After the wreck of the ocean liner the Drake, Alec must find food for himself and the stallion which he calls the Black. Days pass and with no sign of any rescue ship, Alec begins to loose hope. Suddenly, Alec sees two men rowing ashore to rescue him. They take Alec and the Black on another ship where he is taken back home to New York. Alec is allowed to keep the Black at the Dailey's stables which is right down the street from his house. With the help of Henry Dailey, Alec trains the Black into a competitive race horse. Meanwhile, the two greatest horses in the country are schelduled to race in Chicago only weeks away. Henry and Alec enter the Black into this race. Will the Black be fast enough to beat Sun Raider and Cyclone the fastest horses in the country? Find out when you read The black Stallion. This is a heart warming story that shows that hard work and determination really do pay off. I would recomend this book to anyone that likes a book that is packed with adventure!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    The greastest book ever!!!

    This book is great they have a movie snd even a breyer horse of the black. This book is great and highly reccomended. Trust me this book will wow you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Rain Orb

    The glowing blue orb suddenly turned to stone. The aura was gone.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Great

    This is a very good book for horse lovers like me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Windwing to lilystar

    Servaljumps still here.... *he kills a bee that landed on his nose* eww bee blood!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Dapplesong

    Dapplesong runs out here. "No one really wanted me there"

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    I love this book.

    I love this book. It has lively parts. It is not always calm. But it is really good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    The Best Book In the World!!!!!!!

    The Black STallion is such a great book. Its for horse lovers and even non horse lovers will be charmed by the great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Great Book for horse loving Familys

    This book is a great begining to the Black Stallion series. Don't worry I know that once you start you can't stop in the series there way to good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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