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By Betsy Byars

There’s no such factor as a colt with wings—is there?

When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot’s Texas ranch from again East, he’s convinced that books have taught him every little thing he must learn about horses. He desires to turn out he’s a cowboy similar to his uncle, a retired motion picture stunt rider, who is aware Charles is out of his point. but if a neighbor’s mare supplies beginning to a brilliant colt with wings, Charles and Coot discover that they either have even more to benefit. They develop to like the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” nonetheless, it’s no effortless feat taking good care of a legendary creature, in particular whilst it could possibly fly. Can Charles and Coot safeguard Alado—and each one other? This booklet positive aspects an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent pictures from the author’s own assortment.

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He checked out me and his face used to be shining virtually as shiny as his glasses. I had by no means been that groovy in my existence. And at that second, with the twist of fate nonetheless taking over such a lot of my brain, with that one split-second mistake haunting me, the very last thing i wished to listen to was once how nice i used to be. “Look, it was once only a gag,” I acknowledged. i used to be commencing to sweat. there has been an side to my voice, yet Charles didn’t become aware of. He stated, “And I take into accout another time—anyway i assumed this used to be you and that i continually desired to ask approximately it. there has been this motion picture referred to as Son of whatever and—” “I don’t be mindful all of them,” I acknowledged. “But this used to be this sort of nice stunt you’d need to take into account. Oh, yeah, it was once Son of Thunderfoot, and this Indian got here driving down a steep hill, and midway down the hill the pony slipped and—” “It wasn’t me. ” “It gave the look of you and it was once a white horse. ” “Well, it should have been another individual. there are many stunt males and many white horses. Be quiet so i will be able to force. ” He used to be nonetheless taking a look at me, squinting via his glasses as though he was once a too-bright gentle. Then he nodded. He grew to become and began staring out the window. We drove the remainder of the best way in silence. the man Who by no means obtained harm there has been A CLOUD of airborne dirt and dust in the back of us as we stopped on the ranch. “Here we are,” I stated, “Casa Mia. ” I reached over and opened his door for him. past, the constructions seemed outdated and dusty within the shiny sun. Charles didn’t say something. He received out of the truck and went into the home along with his suitcase. In approximately 5 mins he got here out in a couple of blue denims so new the stiffness was once nonetheless in them. i used to be on the corral saddling up Clay. i needed to get off on my own for it slow, simply because simply speaking approximately Cotton had introduced again my loss. Charles noticed me and came to visit. He caught his fingers down into his denims wallet form of casual-like, after which he pulled out a bit sq. of paper that acknowledged his pants have been inspected through quantity 28. He crumpled the paper and checked out me. I acknowledged, “Listen, Charles, I acquired to head off for an hour or and—” He acknowledged, “I’d wish to easy methods to trip a horse now. ” His eyeglasses gave the look of that they had been acquired a number of sizes too colossal so he may perhaps develop into them. I acknowledged, “Well, convinced, Charles, you could discover ways to trip if you would like, but when you’re going to be the following for a number of weeks there’ll be lots of time. ” “I’ve visible it performed 1000 times,” he stated. “Yeah, yet seeing it performed isn’t doing it. glance, why don’t you end analyzing your journal or whatever for a few hours. you could unpack. I’ve acquired to—” “I’ve learn 4 whole books on horsemanship, together with the Encyclopedia of Horses, either volumes. have you learn that? ” “Well, no, but—” “I even memorized the 10 principles of fine horsemanship. One: an exceptional horseman controls the pony together with his palms, legs, and the load of his physique. these are known as the aids, Uncle Coot. ” “Oh. ” “The most crucial relief is the legs. you utilize them to coach the pony to maneuver. in the event you press the pony together with your left leg, the pony strikes to the left.

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