Walter Farley Louise S. Bechtel

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Louise S. Bechtel

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Your old friend, Alec Ramsay, who must be quite a man by now, is curious about Bonfire, the second son of Black Stallion [in "The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt"]. A casual visit to watch the three-year-old in night harness racing on Long Island involves Alec in Bonfire's problems, and leads us deep into the excitements, dangers and techniques of harness racing…. [The Hambletonian] is described with thrilling reality and, of course, Bonfire wins….

[Farley's] ninth book since 1941 offers his usual combination of human and horse emotion. It offers the inside view and the information that will make more interesting any reader's next look at the flying sulkies, whether at a country fair, on TV, or at that great race for the biggest purse of all.

Louise S. Bechtel, "For Boys and Girls: 'The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt'," in New York Herald Tribune Book Review (© I.H.T. Corporation; reprinted by permission), Vol. 31, No. 10, October 17, 1954, p. 8.