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Blaze and Thunderbolt (Billy & Blaze)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  173 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Billy and his loyal pony Blaze head west together in another exciting adventure from C. W. Anderson. When their new friend Jim is unable to tame the wild horse Thunderbolt, Billy and Blaze want to help. Fast and elusive, Thunderbolt is not easy to befriend. But with their kind and gentle approach, Billy and Blaze may succeed where the other cowboys have failed. C. W. Ander ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 31st 1993 by Aladdin (first published 1969)
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Dec 24, 2010 Paige rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young horse-lovers
Recommended to Paige by: My grandmother
What amazed me about this book the most was the illustrations, absolutely astonishing. C.W. Anderson really does have a talent.

This is a cute story that echoes the dreams little boys once had to be cowboys riding the open range. Billy listens to Jim with respect and treats his horse, and Thunderbolt, with care. It is a story that will remind adult readers of a simpler time.

All text is on the left side of the book, while all illustrations are on the right. Each page of story is accompanied by greatly detailed black and white drawings. From the folds in the jeans of the cowboy to the rippling muscles of the running horse,
Beautiful drawings. Simple, sweet story.
Mari Jo
For kids who dream about horses, C.W. Anderson's wonderful illustrations and text make the reader a part of Billy and his loyal horse Blaze's adventures. He wrote many books in this series so the reader looks forward to the next location and event: quarries, caves, and even a forest fire. Memories of a simpler time and place make the reader reminisce, especially adults reading this again to children.
LOVE C.W. Anderson's illustrations! (side note: realized upon rereading, love how Billy family goes on vacation out west and Billy is not only allowed to take his pony, but to go advendturing all day by himself and befriend wild mustangs)
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
Billy and Blaze head west and Billy finds himself owning 2 horses instead of one. The best horse in the country is now Billy's horse
Slightly stodgy writing? Who cares! The illustrations are so, so lovely. A must for any young horse lover.
Kasonde Chewe
Incredible art work by Anderson.. though he's dead, i look up to his talent..
The first series I ever read! I love these books most of all!
read with my kids when small for bedtime story
Don Gubler
Makes me want to have a horse.
Another enjoyable Blaze book.
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C.W. Anderson - aka Clarence William Anderson
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Clarence William Anderson (1891 - 1971) born in Wahoo, Nebraska. He was an author and illustrator of childrens books. Known professionally as C.W. Anderson, Anderson had an interest in horses and drawing. When he wasn't out riding horses, he was drawing them, taking great interest in their bone stru
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Billy & Blaze (8 books)
  • Billy And Blaze: A Boy And His Pony
  • Blaze and the Forest Fire: Billy and Blaze Spread the Alarm
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  • Blaze Finds the Trail
  • Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony
  • Blaze Shows the Way
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