My Friend Flicka Ken is a daydreamer. When he should be helping with the horses, he’s staring at the clouds. When homework is due, he’s dreaming of the colt he hopes his father will one day give him. But his daydreaming angers his father who feels Ken would not be able to handle a horse on his own. Ken’s father has many concerns about the ranch’s finances and those worries only add to the tension in their home. But when father unexpectedly decides to let Ken have a horse of his own, Ken chooses a wild filly named Flicka who seems untamable. Does young Ken have the stamina and concentration to this wild horse? Middle Grade Reading Level, 352 pages, Published in 1940.
Thunderhead, Son of Flicka Flicka’s first colt, Thunderhead, is a throw back to her wild ancestor, the Albino. Ken’s father is convinced that Thunderhead can never be tamed, but Ken feels differently and does everything possible to prove his father wrong. The financial troubles at the ranch continue and Ken’s parents marriage begins to show the strain. Can the family come together and solve their problems? Middle Grade Reading Level, 384 pages, Published in 1945.
Green Grass of Wyoming Things are finally moving in a good direction financially at the ranch. There’ve been some substantial changes in the family and Ken and his brother Howard are growing up. There’s a new girl in the area and that brings both fun and competition for the brothers. Middle Grade Reading Level, 368 pages, Published in 1946.
Check out the 1940s film series of My Friend Flicka, Thunderhead and Green Grass of Wyoming starring a very young Roddy McDowall. There was also a 39 episode My Friend Flicka TV series in the late 1950s. Enjoy!