Favorite Childrenâs Books for Baby Boomers
April 2, 2016
Ken is now 16 years old when he meets Carey, a teenage girl whose prized filly was one of many mares that were stolen; presumably by a wild stallion Thunderhead. The colt grows into a powerful stallion; proving to be quite a handful for the McLaughlin family.
Note: The My Friend Flicka trilogy is not just for kids; it contains more mature themes such as love of God and ones religious path, marital strife and the hardships of the ranching business in Wyoming during and following The Great Depression.
Green Grass of Wyoming was first published in 1946. Ken refuses to geld Thunderhead; he wants to train him to be a racehorse. Thunderhead is a beautiful, snow-white throwback to his wild-blooded grandfather, the Albino; the family fears that the colt has inherited the wild blood of the Albino and Rocket. My Friend Flicka is the story of Wyoming rancher Rob McLaughlin, his wife, Nell, and sons Howard and Ken. Ken sets out to bring Thunderhead and the mares back to their owners and become a hero in Careys eyes.. Much to Robs consternation, Ken chooses a beautiful sorrel filly whose dam (mother), Rocket, came from a blood strain of wild mustangs; Rob is afraid that Flicka will share that wild streak. When Flicka becomes injured, Ken must win her love and trust, in addition to (and in his own mind) the love and trust of his own father.
Thunderhead was first published in 1943.
My Friend Flicka, first published in 1941, was written by Mary O’Hara, a silent film era screenwriter-turned-sheep and horse rancher-turned-author. Hoping that Ken will stop daydreaming and pay more attention to schoolwork and chores, Rob gives his ten-year old son what the boy yearns for a colt of his own. Thunderhead is the son of Flicka and Banner, the sorrel-colored stud stallion of the Goose Bar Ranch