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Subject: Do you recognize this story? (horses, children's)
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 6:33 PM ET
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I have a vague memory of a book from my childhood (60s and 70s) but I can't remember enough about it to find out the title/author.  It was about a child or children involved with horses - the main horse was an Appaloosa (or POA). I think there was something wrong with the horse at the beginning of the story -- too small, or too wild, or sick or ??? In the end the horse was ridden in a parade or show and was the star because of his fantasic coloring. His spots were more than one color -- in fact I seem to remember that it was almost a rainbow of colors (not typically colored)

Our school and public library had *lots* of older books, so it may be a book from the 50s or ??  If this sounds  familiar, please clue me in. It's been bugging me for a long time!  LOL

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 12:17 AM ET
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Darn, I read that too once!!!  I have no idea what the title was, now it's going to bother me all week...

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 10:07 AM ET
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If no one here can help, don't forget Book Sleuth over at abebooks. http://forums.abebooks.com/abesleuthcom They hardly ever miss over there.

Edited for weird link.



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Date Posted: 5/17/2008 10:14 AM ET
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I remember a similar story - did the horse's owner (a teenage girl) try to paint him brown b/c the pinto markings were considered abnormal for his breed and she couldn't show him? If so, it seems like it was a Dorothy Lyons book...

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 10:21 AM ET
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Bren -- I don't think that's the same story. I'm not *sure* but I think in my story, the horse was either born w/o spots and developed them later (much better than anyone expected) or he was so dirty that they didn't know he was spotted until later.

If anyone has a account with Abe books and feels like posting my description, feel free! I went over to the web site, but I'm just kind of tired for creating an account EVERYWHRE I go on line! I have two notebook pages front and back that list all the usernames and passwords for all the places I go regularly.  ugh.  It would be nice to get them to be ALL the same, but some you *must* use letters and numbers, some you can ONLY use one or the other, some require minimum 6, some eight, etc. I've reached critical mass on passwords!  :-)

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Actually if its a kids book then Loganberry Books might be the better place to try - that's what they specialize in.

All my kids' books are in storage or I'd go digging through to see if I had it - I had a ton of horse books as a girl.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Is this it?

The Rainbow-Colored Horse by Pura. Belpre ,  published 1978 

 

When the youngest son succeeds in capturing the dazzling seven-color horse that has been trampling his father's fields, the horse bargains for his freedom by granting the young man three favors.

 



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Date Posted: 5/17/2008 4:24 PM ET
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I'm not sure, April.  I don't remember wishes being part of the story, and in '78 I was going into high school.  If I could see a cover or an inside illustration, I could be sure. I couldn't find any covers with a search of Amazon and Abebooks (and here).

Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 10:09 AM ET
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Actually if its a kids book then Loganberry Books....

I googled, found this site and scanned through a few (very Looooong) pages.  Any tips on better searching would be appreciated. I tried to search the site for "horses, spots, colors, children" and a few other terms and each time the search results came back with every page listed.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 10:24 AM ET
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Oh I was searching under "younger kids" categories.  I'll look some more today under the "teen" category, for some reason I thought you were much younger when you read it.  The book I suggested is for young children.

Is there anything else you can think of as far as the plot or characters is concerned?  I love looking for these books....  it's like a treasure hunt!

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 10:34 AM ET
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Denise I have found the best way to do a Loganberry search is to enter your own search rather than hunting through ones that have previously been done. They usually have an answer for you within a few days, they are really good.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 10:44 AM ET
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Is there anything else you can think of as far as the plot or characters is concerned?

The part that really sticks in my mind -- and I'm not sure if it's from the story or the illustrations, is that the horse was in a parade, and the spots on the horse's rump were not just spots - they were diamonds and teardrops and other shapes. In my mind I see a basic bay horse (brown with black legs, main and tail) and a white rump. The spots were black and brown and red and golden (and maybe other colors)

I was (and still am) horse crazy, so not much about the people sticks  LOL   I'm sure it was about the time I was reading all the Margurite Henry books. -- Late elem, to middle school.  I bought nearly every horse book offered in the weekly readers all through elementary school, but this book isn't in my collection, so I think it was a library book.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I found something called Doodlebug by Irene Brady

Summary: A young girl finds that the injured, disheveled pony she buys out of pity at an auction is really the black stallion of her dreams. 

 But the reading level is ages 4-8  ...I'll keep looking....

 Here's one published in 1952 :Cherokee Bill Oklahoma Pacer  by Jean Bailey

After his family wins a claim on the Cherokee Strip, twelve-year-old David makes a prize-winning pacer out of a stray horse.

 I found a story about a blind horse published in 1971:  The Blind Connemara by Clarence William Anderson

About this title: A young girl is determined that her pony's blindness is not going to keep him from earning the blue ribbon in a horse show. (nope I just saw another description that this about a white pony)

 Okay so this guy Clarence William Anderson wrote a ton of horse and kid books back in the day, here's a link to the titles:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_William_Anderson

Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony maybe from 1968?

 

 



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The Blind Connemara was one of my favorites!  Another one I don't think I ahve anymore. CW Anderson is also one of my all-time favorite authors. I think I learned to draw from his books!  I'm going to track down some of the titles on that list and see if any of them are the book I'm looking for. Thanks!

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 5:16 PM ET
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What about The Tangle-Coated Horse by Ella Young? I'm looking for a better description but it won a Newberry Award honor in 1930.

 



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Date Posted: 5/26/2008 1:23 PM ET
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 Could it be "Harlequin Hullabaloo"?

That's the name of the book, and it was also the name of the horse, which was a pinto 5-gaited horse, which you may know is virtually unheard of.

The horse was a talented show horse, but considered "unqualified" because he was a pinto. HIs young female owner finally "dyed" him and he won, but they were blackballed at shows afterward..and the final outcome is them overcoming that.

  It was one of my favorite books as a horse-crazy bookworm youngster......

I still have most of my CW Anderson books (which DH thinks is insane).,. And I actually got to meet Walter Farley, who wrote the Black Stallion series. What a charmer he was......

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 9:46 PM ET
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That sounds like a great book, too, Betty, but I don't think it's the one I'm thinking of. I distinctly remember (faulty or not) the multi-colored and multi-shaped dots on the horses rump and back.

I wonder when Harlequin Hullabaloo was written? There very much are pinto 5-gaited horses these days. And probably every other color possible, too.  :-)

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 9:55 PM ET
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Amazon says Harlequin Hullabaloo was published in 1949. They have a cover image, if that would help: http://www.amazon.com/Harlequin-Hullabaloo-Dorothy-Lyons/dp/B0007E53PG

And here's a description from an ebay ad:

 

The smell of tanbark, the thrilling cry of "Rack on," and the exciting rhythm of four hoofs in perfect cadence fill this dramatic story about the five-gaited show horses of Kentucky.

 To everyone else but Judy, her gaudy pinto, with spots "louder than a Christmas necktie," seemed clownish compared to the state's finest Saddlebreds. Even after Matt Ross, the famous trainer, agreed that Harlequin might have a chance to win the Grand Championship for Bluefield Farm, neither Judy's sister nor the horse show judges could see the horse's perfect form for his spots. Despite Judy's faith and hard work, it seemed a hopeless situation until -in a tense climax- an unexpected emergency gave her the chance to prove Harlequin's caliber to a breathless audience.

 As in Golden Sovereign and Red Embers, Miss Lyons' vivid portrayal of horses and their training is fittingly complemented by Wesley Dennis' spirited sketches of horses in action.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I've put Harlequin Hullabaloo on my WL  -- thanks!

I've been scrolling through Amazon books with various search words and I found one that is close, but I'm pretty sure (based on the cover illustration) that it's not the one I'm looking for. If it's a re-illustrated version of an older book, it might be the right one. Have to keep checking.

Popsicle Pony ; Ages 4-6. A little girl tells the story of a stubborn pony that pulls Popsicle Pete's wagon through a small Texas town. Chiefy always knows just where he's going and what treat he'll get--whether feed at the feed store or popcorn at the Twin Dolphins Movie Theater. Sometimes the little girl rides on his back. When Chiefy's owner gets sick, the little girl cares for the pony in her backyard, only to have him jump the fence, take the route all by himself, cause a ruckus at the movies, and end up in jail. Determined to ride the pony in the county fair parade, the girl figures how to get Chiefy to cooperate--let him lead the way and pick the route. It's never explained why the little girl becomes the pony's caretaker, but children who dream about ponies will love Chiefy and appreciate the plot and the carefully detailed depiction of the town.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:17 PM ET
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I had no idea there were so many children's "horse" books!  

Denise, be sure to let us know if you find the right one!