He was a giant of a horse, glistening black - too big to be pure Arabian. The head was that of the wildest of all wild creatures - a stallion born wild - and it was beautiful, majestic, splendid. A stallion with a wonderful physical perfection and speed that matched his savage, ruthless spirit. When the steameer Drake is shipwrecked off the coast of Spain, there are only two suvivors. One is young Alec Ramsay. The other is the Black Stallion who saves Alec's life. Stranded on a desert island, boy and stallion develop a deep and special bond. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.
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.
This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Stories) in Appendix B.
Walter Farleys love for horses began when he was a small boy living in Syracuse, New York, and continued as he grew up in New York City, where his family moved. He is the author of more than twenty books in the Black Stallion series. He also cowrote The Young Black Stallion with his son, Steven.
"The Black Stallion is about the most famous fictional horse of the century." --The New York Times