Old Whitey


Book: Old Whitey

Author: Red Skelton

Publisher: Lothian Book World, 1984


Language level: 3

(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 13 and up

Rating: **** 4 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: General fiction

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Skelton, Red.  Old Whitey (Published in 1984 by Lothian Book World).  It is 1902, and a young boy named Joseph, age seven, is an orphan.  His parents had been killed in a crash when the boy was three, and he lives with his grandparents in New York City, NY, where his grandfather, Shannon O’Toole, drives a horse-drawn cab in and around Central Park.  Gramps buys Old Whitey, a former New York City Fire Department Horse.  Joseph narrates the story about the love between his Grandpa and the horse named Whitey during the early 1900s.

     The “d” and “h” words occur occasionally, and there are a few references to drinking beer and smoking tobacco.  Otherwise, this is a cute, heart-warming tale.  When I was growing up, The Red Skelton Show was one of my favorite television programs.  I picked this book up when we visited the Red Skelton Museum in Vincennes, IN, the birthplace of Skelton.  The title page reads, “First edition, 1984, Limited to 5000 Copies.”

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