Three Little Horses Blackie, Brownie and Whitey

By: Worm, Piet

Price: $48.00

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Book Condition: Good +

First edition (second state) hardcover in illustrated blue paper covered boards with bumped and brushed tips and spine ends showing color loss only, no boards showing through the blue paper outer layer. One small sticker pull in upper right corner of frt board is touched up with blue marker than is close enough in hue not to be an eyesore. 62 p. text is crisp and bright with no crinkles from page turning, no soil or tears anywhere. Only barely visible ink signature on the vividly illustrated fep. Rear board also has the three horses running under a large yellow smiling moon in the sky. This book is considered the "Second state" because the first US edition of 'Three Little Horses Blackie, Brownie and Whitey" was published in 1959 by Random House as a thin & tall 'Elephant folio' with calligraphy style text that used the original Dutch illustration plates. This second state is the first printing of the re-worked layout to fit the more conventional shape. The three little horses about whom this story is written were Piet's neighbors who played all day in a meadow near his house, and it was through watching them and learning to know and love them that the idea came to him for this endearing tale. Three little lady horses, Blackie, Brownie and Whitey, enjoyed playing games together in their large grassy meadow that sat high above the local town. One day they found a small chair in their pasture and began a game jumping over it when they heard laughter coming from a nearby tree. This puzzled the little mares till finally, the tree began moving and a man's face popped out of a small door high up on the tree trunk. The mans name was Peter. Peter was a young artist who had come to draw in the meadow, but wore the disguise, first, because he enjoyed good fun, and second, so as not to scare the little horses. Because of Peter's soft voice and slow movements, the horses learn that Peter was not scary and he also enjoys playing around so all became friends. Now they all begin to think of what sort of game the four of them can do together. Peter walked over to the chair the horses had been jumping over and stood on the seat so he could be taller and see all around. One by one the horses took turns doing it too and when Whitey, (who was the brightest of the little horses), took her turn, she cried "Look! You can see the town from up here," she said. "Oh lets go down there," but Brownie and Blackie wondered if it would be alright. "Would we be safe? Perhaps we'd better stay here." Peter reassured the horses and offered to go with them, but he remembered the sign in the butcher shop said "We sell horse meat." Peter has an idea. He tells the horses to wait in the pasture while he ran down into town and returned with three large bundles. How Peter helps the horses to disguise themselves and what happens when the town Mayor, who had planned a parade that day because he was expecting a visit from a trio of young Princesses, learns that the ladies in front of him aren't genuine royalty becomes the happy conclusion to this story.

Title: Three Little Horses Blackie, Brownie and Whitey

Author Name: Worm, Piet

Illustrator: Illustrated


Edition: Second State

Publisher: NY, Random House: 1958

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good +

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Size: 4to - over 9

Seller Id: 46942

Keywords: Three Horse Friends, Playing Games, Mares, Little Horses, Friendship, Trust, Disguise, Parade, Town Mayor, Telegram, Princesses, Royalty.,