CUSTER by Deborah King


The True Story of a Horse
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Age Range: 4 - 10
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 Young Custer is perfectly happy on a farm where he snitches food from the farmhouse kitchen and enjoys the company of cows. But deciding that the horse must be trained, the farmer sells him to a riding school, which suits him not at all. Next stop is another farm, where he meets Minto, a new wild mare; the two escape together and have a glorious run to the beach, becoming inseparable friends before Custer leads Minto back home. King (Cloudy, 1990) narrates with a mellow, understated humor that will recommend her true story to Herriot's fans; her watercolor illustrations are outstanding, romantic yet realistic, with some delightful compositions (Custer peering out of a row of cows, or communing with a sympathetic cat in his new home) and lovely glimpses of the English countryside. Like Parnall's Stuffer (below), a treat for horse lovers and art lovers; of the two books, this has more warmth and appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: April 29th, 1992
ISBN: 0-399-22147-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1992