HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Harry, The Wild West Horse
Author: Eleanor Lowenton Clymer
Illustrator: Leonard Shortall
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, republished 1964
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Clymer, Eleanor Lowenton. Harry, The Wild West Horse (Published in 1963 by Atheneum, New York City, NY). Harry, a big brown farm horse owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and their ten year old son Tommy, pulls the plow, the hay wagon, and the buggy. When he’s not working, Tommy likes to ride him and pretend that they’re in a Wild West show. Then Mr. Jackson buys a tractor for plowing, a truck to haul hay, and a car, so Harry no longer has any work to do. The Jacksons lend him to their neighbor, Mr. Gilligan, but he doesn’t have much work for the horse either. Harry is bored.
One warm September afternoon, after accidentally unlatching the gate of Mr. Gilligan’s barnyard, Harry takes a walk and ends up at a Wild West show. When Thomas gets home from school and sees that Harry is gone, he goes after him. Can Thomas find his horse? If so, what will happen to Harry? Does he go home or stay with the Wild West show? Harry, the Wild West Horse would make a great chapter book for beginning readers. Another reviewer noted, “Everything written by Eleanor Clymer is a wonderful fun adventure for kids!”