Saturday, July 5, 2008

My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara

iconiconI actually finished My Friend Flicka almost two weeks ago, but I've had a hard time finding time to blog lately.

Anyway, I decided to read this book after watching the movie Flicka a little while back. While I liked the movie, some things also seemed a little unrealistic to me, such as the way Flicka was trained.

The book was actually very different, and I liked it a lot better. The main character was a young boy, which I thought was more appropriate. The horse was a filly born on the ranch, but the descendant of a wild horse that had impregnanted one of the ranch's mares years ago. And although there was a mountain lion, and the father did save the horse from the mountain lion, it happened a little bit differently.

I enjoyed the book very much, especially the parts about the training and the boys' responsibilities on the horse ranch. The author, Mary O'Hara, clearly knew a lot about horses. The book was written in the 40s, but I think it's still a wonderful story for any horse lover — young adult or adult.


Kathy@TheFlawlessWord said...

I actually have Flicka from Netflix waiting to be watched. I somehow missed this book as a kid too, which is kind of surprising given how much I loved Black Beauty.

Katharine Swan said...

I loved Black Beauty too! In fact, that book probably shaped a lot of my earliest perceptions of horses and animal rights.

Flicka (the movie) is good, but I highly recommend reading the book too!