The reader is enlightened on Michael's secret wish only when the little farm boy builds a wooden horse in the barn stall. Now it is father's turn to help Michael's wish along, and so he replaces the inanimate object with a mangy but live mare, whom Michael attempts to fashion into his ideal image. Long weeks of care only help a little -- for the mare is neither black nor obedient -- in fact she finally decides to obey no commands at all. What a thrill when Michael discovers the reason for this on the morning the sleek black colt is born, and the wish completely fulfilled. A charming re-evaluation of the art of wishing in a magical little story by a newcomer who wields words and drawings with equal talent.