The fifty third pony born on a horse-breaking farm is dubbed Joker in honor of that same number in a deck of cards. The ownership and responsibility of the animal is awarded to Albert on his tenth birthday. Albert's ""own"" text enhanced by Grete Mannheim's superb photographs forms a realistic chronicle of the love, everyday care and mishaps that go into the training of Joker and into the warm relationship that evolves between boy and horse. One of Albert's goals is to prepare Joker for the town parade. A broken wrist hampers training, but is really only a challenge to Albert's ingenuity. More effective than most animal fiction, this real life account conveys that intangible bond that exists between a young boy and his faithful pet.