SALT BOY by Mary Perrine


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A young Navajo boy and his father exchange unspoken pledges: if Salt Boy does not again rope his mother's sheep, his father will teach him to rope the black horse ""when your years are more,"" Abruptly, the very next day, the littlest lamb is marooned and can only be rescued by roping which Salt Boy does, and his father is watching, and he promises to teach Salt Boy to rope the black horse ""tomorrow."" Even a four-year-old can spot the fallacy: forgiveness might have followed but not instant acquiescence.

Pub Date: May 23rd, 1968
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin