Three Little Horses
Piet Worm ~ Random House, 1958
Get ready, as I am sure more than one of you will have your mind blown by this post as that was exactly the way I felt when I first set eyes on this book at a flea market a few months back. It brought childhood memories flooding over me, and though I remembered so much when I saw it, for the better part of 30 years it had been forgotten completely.
It is the weirdest story ever, but you gotta love it. Soooo, there are these three horses ~ Blackie, Whitey and Brownie ~ and they were looking to do something exciting... when they happen upon a lonely man who has disguised himself as a tree to make their acquaintance... (stay with me here)... when the three horses decide they would like to visit a town... the man disguises them as three princesses... walking upright and looking rather fancy, they get mistaken for real princesses... thus a comedy of errors ensues. This bit of text alone give you a feel for the surreal images this tale conjures up...
"We shall take you on a short tour," the Mayor announced. Naturally it isn't easy for little horses to step onto a car, but with Peter's help and encouraging words whispered in their ears, Whitey, Blackie and Brownie managed to seat themselves in back while Peter and the mayor took seats facing them.
Though I adore this book now, I do have intense memories of feeling weirded out by the pictures. The man coming out of the tree costume and the horses standing upright dressed in drag was a little too freaky to me. Not to mention the trio's ladylike curves being so obviously feminine.... something about it is just not right people!Vintage first editions of this can run a bit high, but the Dandelion Press version I have is available if you look and comes as a duel title with the fabulous first Veronica on the flip side. It is back in print thanks to the ever wonderful Purple House Press for substantially less than the first edition.