My Friend Flicka Author:Mary O'Hara Ken McLaughlin was only eleven years old, but for as long as he could remember he had wished for nothing more than his very own colt. He had tried to do his chores well around his father's horse ranch, but whenever he was alone he found his thoughts drifting off to that one wish...And as a result, he usually made some mistake like forgetting to... more » be on time for dinner, or leaving the cinch strap too loose on the horse he was riding. Then his father would get angry and Ken felt he would never have his own colt.
One morning at the breakfast table, thought, Ken heard his father say something that almost made him fall off his chair. "Ken, I'm giving you one week to look over all the new yearlings and choose one for yourself."
What a wonderful surprise! He was to have his very own colt to train and care for and ride to his heart's content.
By the end of the week Ken had made his choice--a golden-brown filly with a flowing white mane and tail. But what about a name for his horse? Then Ken remembered what Gus, the hired hand, had said when the filly was a new-born colt.
"Gee whiz! Look at the little flicka."
"What does flicka mean, Gus?" Ken asked.
"Why it's Swedish for little girl."
And now Ken had a name for his colt. "I'm going to call her Flicka!" he announced proudly at dinner that night.
This is the beginning of the exciting, heartwarming adventure of a boy and his horse, and how they grew up together--a story that in a few short years has become one of the most popular classics for young readers.« less