So, I have recently started to read again - everyday - for at least 10 minutes. I am hoping to tear through the beautiful books on my shelf, that I have been accumulating for the past couple of years so that I can read the ones tallying on my reading list!
BUT, a couple of weeks ago, a book mysteriously showed up in my mailbox - well actually the box for the newspaper that is mounted next to the mailbox.
It was titled Fabulous and was published in 1960. It appeared to be a young adult novel looked like it was beloved. It was someone’s treasure, and that someone thought someone, probably Penelope, would enjoy reading it. I decided to honor its showing up in my life and read it!
So, I read the beautiful, sweet story of a teenage girl on a ranch taking care of a Palomino mare and an Appaloosian stud. It was one of those stories written about the tender relationship between human and animal, that also happened to give much respect and autonomy to the animals.
Having a house and a barn full of animals, I treasure my relationship with them and the wild ones, too. I think there is something so wonderful about these human/animal relationships that this book makes me want to write more about it. It’s especially interesting to consider our relationships with animals that humans have domesticized - like horses and dogs. These animals have been designed to fit into our lives and tell us as much about being human as being human has.
Has anyone read this book Fabulous? Do you have a cherished childhood novel about animals?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.