The Winged Colt of Casa Mia

By Betsy Byars

There’s no such factor as a colt with wings—is there?

When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot’s Texas ranch from again East, he’s definite that books have taught him every little thing he must learn about horses. He desires to end up he’s a cowboy similar to his uncle, a retired motion picture stunt rider, who is familiar with Charles is out of his point. but if a neighbor’s mare provides start to a staggering colt with wings, Charles and Coot become aware of that they either have even more to profit. They develop to like the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” nonetheless, it’s no effortless feat taking care of a legendary creature, specifically while it will probably fly. Can Charles and Coot shield Alado—and every one other? This e-book positive factors an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent photographs from the author’s own assortment.

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We had such chuffed visions of the grandchildren using round the ranch. Come on within the barn. ” She took me and Charles in an iron grip and led us all the way down to the final stall. We stood there for a second since it took our eyes some time to work out within the dim barn. Peggy, the mare, used to be an exceptional chestnut with a white mane and tail. I reached over and scratched her muzzle and acknowledged, “Good lady. ” I couldn’t see the colt—nothing however the spindly legs simply because he used to be at the different part of his mom, consuming her milk. Then Peggy shifted to the aspect, and there has been the prettiest little Palomino colt you ever observed. The sunlight was once coming in the course of the window in the back of us, and it shone down at the colt. He was once light gold like wheat, and his mane and tail have been silver. there has been a white spot on his brow. As I watched he moved in the direction of his mom on his lengthy awkward legs. I acknowledged, “Why, there’s not anything incorrect with that colt. examine him, Charles. He’s ideal. ” “You’re not likely to escape with that,” Mrs. Minney stated. “There’s anything improper and that i are aware of it. And don’t imagine for a minute that you’re going to offer me a couple of comforting words and stroll out of this barn like you’re no longer dependable. ” I leaned ahead and seemed back. “There aren't any wings on that colt. ” correct whilst i used to be asserting that during a noisy voice, the colt gave a bit circumvent, nuzzled up opposed to his mom, and type of misplaced his stability. That was once while anything got here fluttering out from his facets. It used to be a short circulation, so mild and quick I virtually didn’t see it. “I’d wish to be aware of what you name those,” Mrs. Minney stated in a troublesome voice. “Wings,” Charles stated. I stated, “Now carry on a minute. Horses don’t have wings. that may be a identified truth. ” “This one does,” Charles acknowledged in a voice hushed with pleasure. He became and checked out me. His complete face was once lit up. For a minute I had a humorous falling sensation. Like one time while I jumped a horse off a forty-foot cliff right into a Missouri lake. while I jumped i used to be so scared I had a knot in my abdominal as titanic as a cannon ball, and that i concept that cannon ball may most likely take me all of the method to the ground of the lake. I by no means made a bounce like that back. Charles grew to become to Mrs. Minney. “Did you spot the form of the wings, Mrs. Minney? they appear to have an identical constitution as these of the infant quick and should by no means be fairly powerful adequate for flight. ” “I’m completely happy to determine there’s not less than one individual with brains within the Cutter family,” Mrs. Minney stated. “On the opposite hand,” Charles persisted, “the wings may possibly raise in energy until eventually they're particularly able to lifting the burden of horse and rider, which I estimate to be approximately fifteen hundred kilos. ” “The boy is familiar with extra approximately horses than loads of other folks during this barn,” Mrs. Minney stated coldly. She have been a urban woman for therefore lengthy that she nonetheless carried over her shoulder an incredible leather-based pocketbook. Now she form of struck me with it so there wouldn’t be any doubt who it was once that didn’t understand a lot approximately horses. “Mrs. Minney, pay attention, i'm simply as stunned as you're. there's an evidence for this even though.

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