Bonnie Bess the Weathervane Horse
Alvin Tresselt ~ Erik Blegvad
Parents' Magazine Press, 1970
With the weather being as heartbreaking and insane as it's been the past month here in the U.S., I thought it appropriate to take a look at this sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately redeeming tale of things lost and found.
Bonnie Bess was a trotting horse.
She didn't live in a barn with other horses.
She didn't carry little children on her back.
She didn't graze in the pasture on the hill.
She didn't even drink out of the big water trough in the backyard.
Bonnie Bess was a weathervane horse and
she swung back and forth in the wind on top of a barn.
As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of Blegvad's tight little drawings, and have a ton of books that he illustrated for other people that I've never even bothered to read. I just like looking at the pretty pictures. Here though, Tresselt (White Snow Bright Snow) does an excellent job of telling the story of a once flourishing and then abandoned barn and the weathervane that gets left behind. Shot at and rusted out, when it finally falls from the rotting building, it's lost in the bushes until a junk shop owner finds it, setting it on a long path back home.
The copyright page says the story was written in 1949, so it must have appeared in a book with a different illustrator or as a poem or story somewhere. Anyone know?
Having always lived someplace with a barn in the vicinity, I love weathervanes. Ahhh, the romance of a two-purpose item with the goals of simply looking pretty and telling us which way the wind blows. Kinda the Vanna White of decorative items, no?
Plenty of Fish
Mud Pies and Other Recipes
A Year is a Window
The Last of the Wizards
The Diamond in the Window
The Land of Lost Buttons
White Snow Bright Snow
Read along on Facebook, tumblr, Twitter and Etsy!