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Blitz is a fast and spirited fire horse, but when his partner pulling the fire wagon is killed in a terrible accident and his owner is badly injured, Blitz is sold to a flower peddler who is not as kind. He is, in fact, abusive. Will poor Blitz ever be well-treated again?
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 1974 by Houghton Mifflin Company
(first published 1961)
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Blitz was named for the white streak that zigzagged like a stroke of lightning down his red brown nose. Born onto the idyllic farm of a horse breeder, Blitz spent his first three years frolicking and learning how to behave in accordance with human orders. But it wasn’t until Sye Perkins purchased him at the county fair, that anyone realized how appropriately Blitz had been named. Teamed with Sye’s horse, Frank, Blitz could fairly fly! He and Frank begin serving together in the town fire departme ...more
This was my all time favourite book as a child. I remember hiding under the covers reading with a torch until Mum caught me so the next morning I woke up as soon as the sun came up so I could keep reading the story. It was so sad I was crying really hard when Mum got up a few hours later. She got cranky with me for reading books that made me sad. But I loved the story and I still remember most of it.
Aug 13, 2013 Sharon Brown rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children
Recommended to Sharon by: A Teacher
As a kid, I read this book a Hundred times. It is my all time favorite childs book. I am old now, I just remember a child who saved a severely abused horse from going to slaughter for 5 dollars, once He nursed it back to health and gained the Horses trust, he found the Horse was still young. The Father is AWESOME in this, as He helps teach his boy how to care for a living thing, an animal who when I was a kid, was thought by the older generations to not have feelings and "It" was suppose to Prod ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Three stars for the book itself, fourth star added for pure nostalgia. The overall plot is familiar: horse has terrific upbringing, owner forced to sell horse to Bad Folk(TM), horse is abused, horse becomes mean, horse is rescued by Good Folk(TM), horse recovers. It's similar to both Smoky the Cow Horse and Black Beauty (though Black Beauty is told from the POV of the horse himself.) If you love those two books, and don't mind a story hung on a similar frame, then you'll love this. I'm guessing ...more
I found this well-read paperback at a garage sale, and it's one of the few horse books that I hadn't read growing up. It's absolutely wonderful. Besides being a good horse book, it's also interesting historical fiction, taking place during the time when horses still pulled equipment to put out fires. A perfect middle grade read, and I even blinked back a few tears. Really good book!
Oct 01, 2015 Rena Sherwood rated it it was amazing
It's an American version of Black Beauty, but it is very good. Great illustrations, lots of action, a nice dog and much shorter and more understandable to 21st century readers than Black Beauty.