Twelve-year-old David Lee is disappointed and betrayed when his rodeo clown father quits the circuit and moves them to Vermont, breaking a promise to let David join him in the arena. When David rejects his father's attempt to buy him a horse, it goes to elderly widow Sarah instead. But Sarah needs help from David and his father to care for Gypsy, and narrator Amy Rubinate poignantly evokes the horse's gradual, heartwarming effect on the three characters. Rubinate portrays each character with thoughtful detail, finding the hurt in David's young voice, the weariness in his father's, and, most impressively, the grief and resilience in Sarah's.
First published in 1965, this is a true classic about the love and happiness found in owning a horse.
David Lee is 12 years old and disappointed in his father Earl, a once-famous rodeo clown who has quit the circuit and moved David to a small town in Vermont to start a new life. David has a hard time adjusting to life as a “normal” boy and is hurt that his father never allowed him the chance to be his partner in the rodeo arena. When Earl tries to buy David a horse at auction, David pretends to have no interest in it, and the horse is sold, instead, to a 70-year-old woman named Sarah Tierney.
Sarah, grief-stricken at the death of her husband, tries to find solace in her new horse, Gypsy, but she needs help from Earl and David to learn how to care for her. As the three of them spend more and more time with Gypsy, they all become entranced - in their own ways - by the horse and begin to learn more and more about themselves.
A heartfelt story, this middle-listener novel is a must read for any girl or boy interested in nature and horses.