Belle is too old and stiff to pull the ploughs or the wagons anymore. In fact, Molly’s horse barely earns her keep by carrying the young girl to piano lessons once a week. When Father wonders if they should get rid of Belle, Molly is delighted at the thought of prancing and galloping on a beautiful new pony.
But one winter day on the way home from piano lessons, Molly and Belle become lost in a sudden blizzard. And Belle, old and stiff as she is, confronts the terrible storm with every ounce of will she possesses. No matter what, Belle will not give up until she brings Molly home.
Set on the prairies during the twenties, Belle’s Journey is a moving story of steadfast devotion and a heroic fight for survival.
Marilynn Reynolds is the bestselling author of a number of picturebooks from Orca, including A Present for Mrs Kazinski, The Prairie Fire, The New Land, A Dog for a Friend and The Name of the Child, published in 2002. Her book Goodbye to Griffiths Street won the Christie Harris Award in 2005. Marilynn Reynolds was born in Sudbury, Ontario, but has spent most of her life on the Prairies. This life, combined with her mother’s and grandparents’ experiences growing up in wide-open spaces, gave her a wealth of story material and a unique look at early Canadian life.
Stephen McCallum is the illustrator of a number of picturebooks, including A Dog for a Friend, The Good Companion and The New Land.
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Ages 5-8. Belle, a mare too old and stiff to manage farm work, earns her keep by carrying young Molly to and from school and piano lessons. When Father considers selling the horse and replacing her with a younger animal, Molly is pleased with the prospect of a beautiful new pony. Later Molly and Belle are caught in a sudden blizzard, and the brave and determined Belle fights against all odds to reach home safely. Set on the Saskatchewan prairies of the 1920s, the tale is based on a family account and is reminiscent of Brett Harvey's stories of life on the Dakota prairies. McCallum's artwork, done mostly in grays and blues that reflect the desolation of the prairie in winter, is well-suited to the text. The determined, yet loving faces of Molly and her parents are skillfully depicted, and Reynolds' understated message--that old age should not be equated with uselessness--is well taken. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Orca Book Publishers, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111551430215
Book Description Orca Book Publishers, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Stephen McCallum (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1551430215