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Abstract

One of the perennially popular genres of children’s literature is the “horse story” From early novels such as Black Beauty and Smoky the Cowhorse, to more recent books such as the 1980s Saddle Club series, the attraction of horses themselves, the vicarious wish fulfillment offered children who cannot own a horse of their own, and the happy idea of friendship between horse and child have combined to make horse stories irresistible for many children and writers. One of the most popular fictional horses ever—possibly the most popular—is the Black Stallion. Created by author Walter Farley, the wild stallion has starred in a twenty-one-book series that is known in countries around the world and, since the original book, The Black Stallion, appeared in 1941, no book in the series has been out of print.1

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© Mary S. Pollock and Catherine Rainwater 2005

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  • Lindsay McLean Addison

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