This is her third picture book. She lives in Southboro, Massachusetts.
Yes, a person that doubts that he is fine to see should see him in his beaded buck-skins, on my back and his rifle peeping above his shoulder, chasing a hostile trail, with me going like the wind and his hair streaming out behind from the shelter of his broad slouch. Yes, he is a sight to look at then - and I'm part of it myself. I am his favorite horse, out of dozens. Big as he is, I have carried him eighty-one miles between nightfall and sunrise on the scout; and I am good for fifty, day in and day out, and all the time.
I am not large, but I am built on a business basis. I have carried him thousands and thousands of miles on scout duty for the army, and there's not a gorge, nor a pass, nor a valley, nor a fort, nor a trading post, nor a buffalo-range in the whole sweep of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains that we don't know as well as we know the bugle-calls. He is Chief of Scouts to the Army of the Frontier, and it makes us very important. In such a position as I hold in the military service one needs to be of good family and possess an education much above the common to be worthy of the place.
I am the best-educated horseoutside of the hippodrome, every-body says, and the best-mannered. It may be so, it is not for me to say; modesty is the best policy, I think. Buffalo Bill taught me the most of what I know, my mother taught me much, and I taught myself the rest.
Lay a row of moccasins before me - Pawnee, Sioux, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, and as many other tribes as you please - and I can name the tribe every moccasin belongs to by the make of it. Name it in horse-talk, and could do it in American if I had speech. Get A Copy.
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More filters. Sort order. Sep 29, Debbie Zapata rated it liked it Shelves: gutenberg. I haven't read much Twain as an adult, and not too many of his short pieces in my youth, other than those assigned to us in school.
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I certainly had never heard of this one, which I noticed at Gutenberg and added to a challenge list of books about animals. Twain starts by having Soldier Boy the horse speaking. From that you would expect a story of rough and ready Army Scout type of adventures told from the horse's perspective. This is not what happens, though. The story I haven't read much Twain as an adult, and not too many of his short pieces in my youth, other than those assigned to us in school. The story is almost more about young Cathy, nine years old and being sent to live with her uncle the General of a cavalry post.
While there, she charms everyone from soldiers to animals. It was made into a movie starring Shirley Temple.
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Even though they did not look the same, I could not keep myself from picturing Shirley whenever Cathy was out and about. Just about the time I was wondering if we were ever going to hear from or even about the horse again, he does show up, having a conversation with a Mexican horse who has arrived at the fort. He takes part in a few adventures with Shirley I mean Cathy But when the General retires and takes Cathy to Spain life changes for everyone.
There are some funny bits here, and others that will make you get all teary, especially the ending I was expecting part of what happened but the rest was a punch in the gut. There is also a puzzling chapter where two men are riding along, one from Spain originally and the other born American. They are talking about bullfighting and the Spaniard describes the first one he ever saw.
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Being Spaniard, he does not see it as cruel, it is tradition. The American listens and thinks it would all be great fun, that not even burning people read the 'n' word is anywhere near as much fun. So what does Twain mean to say by this? I would like to think he meant how can any one country rant about the cruelty in another when there are even more cruel and horrible things happening within their own borders.
Here are Mongrel and Sage-Brush, the two horses who were carrying the Spaniard and the American and listened to the conversation. They are created as they are; they cannot help it. They are only brutal because that is their make; brutes would be brutal if it was their make. Why should he treat dumb animals that way when they are not doing any harm?
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He believed we do not have to go there unless we deserve it. View 2 comments. Jul 24, Gary rated it liked it. I do normally enjoy the writing of Mark Twain and find it a welcome change from my usual psychological thrillers that I tend to read. But on this occasion I was disappointed, I had previously enjoyed 'The Dog's tale' and was hoping for something very similar but from a horses perspective but I found this short story on the whole a total let down. The book starts promising with the narrative from 'Soldier Boy' who was Buffalo Bill's horse and is amusing but this changes to a tale of Soldier Boy's I do normally enjoy the writing of Mark Twain and find it a welcome change from my usual psychological thrillers that I tend to read.
The book starts promising with the narrative from 'Soldier Boy' who was Buffalo Bill's horse and is amusing but this changes to a tale of Soldier Boy's relationship with Cathy. There are much better books by Mark Twain and I would suggest avoiding this one. Sep 15, Nicole Clarkston rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. We were perfectly charmed in the beginning, loving Twain's wit and humor, but it felt like a bait and switch at the end.
A horse story became a girl story, which became a treatise on the cruelties of bullfighting.
A horse that is irritated or unhappy may violently swish its tail from side to side, and an extremely angry animal may go so far as to wring its tail up and down as well as side to side. A horse that is content will usually have the dock of the tail in a relaxed state, not moving other than to sway with the natural movement of the animal.
In cold weather, horses may stand with their hindquarters facing into the wind and their tails clamped tightly to their buttocks in order to protect their bodies from the weather. If veterinary treatment involves inspection of the anus, or in a mare , the vagina, the horse may clamp down its tail in order to protect these sensitive regions, though a human handler is usually able to move the tail away by bringing it sideways. A horse may stomp its hind feet and swish its tail as a precursor to kicking, but sometimes the tail movement and the actual kick come in quick succession before the recipient of the kick is able to avoid it.
A horse that is about to buck may sometimes tense and curve or "kink" its tail in a distinctive fashion, although this action will not be visible to the rider, who is generally facing forward. When in harness or under saddle, the horse may express displeasure or resistance to a handler's commands, particularly a rider's leg command to move forward, by twisting or wringing its tail. The use of spurs may result in particularly strong expressions of irritation.
Because tail-swishing can indicate a horse resistant to a rider's commands, the practice is generally penalized at horse shows in events where manners or responsive performance are judged. In certain breeds, a high- or low-carried tail is considered a breed conformation trait. Thick or thin hair may also be a breed trait as well as straight or wavy hair.
Color of the tail is linked to the overall equine coat color of the horse and is generally not a breed trait unless the overall color is selected for within a breed.