The Blind Colt – by Glen Rounds


The Blind Colt by Glen Rounds. Holiday House, c1941, 2020. 9780823443536

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Realistic fiction, animal stories

What did you like about the book? This is the 80th anniversary edition of a classic (that I had never read before.) Each chapter follows an episode in the life of a blind colt, making it great for a read aloud: starting with his birth, exploring the Badlands, encountering wolves, surviving the winter, and being trained and taken in by a young boy. The setting and actions are carefully described in much detail. Small ink illustrations in the bottom corners of most pages almost appear to make a flipbook, and allow the reader to follow along with the actions. The end of the book includes additional facts and resources about wild mustangs, which were not included in the original publication. 

Anything you did not like about the book. With the vocabulary and dialogue, this would be a tough book for a child to read on their own.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a great book for a family to read aloud together, especially if they enjoy books like Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White). 

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Chapter books (or classics)

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: July 19, 2021

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