One of the first books I fell in love with as a child was My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. I have always loved animals and checked out reference type books about animals from the library. One day my mom encouraged me to try an animal novel. My mom grew up with horses so she probably had read My Friend Flicka before. We checked it out at the library and I just devoured it.
My Friend Flicka is the story of Ken McLaughlin--a dreamer who lives on his family's ranch in Wyoming. His seemingly lazy ways anger his practical father. Nothing seems to put Ken's feet on the ground until the day he sees Flicka, a filly owned by his family that comes from a bloodline of un-tamable horses. Ken is finally given the chance to tame Flicka and keep her.
Over the course of a summer, Ken and Flicka develop a bond that teach Ken responsibility and gives him the respect of his father. It's a very touching and rewarding story that would appeal to both boys and girls.
And while we're on the subject of childhood classics, here are a few others I would recommend:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
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