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Smoky the Cow Horse

Smoky the Cowhorse  
Author Will James
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Children's novel
Publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons
Publication date 1926
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

Smoky the Cowhorse is a novel by Will James that was the winner of the 1927 Newbery Medal.


The story details the life of a horse in the western United States from his birth to his eventual decline. It takes place after the 1910s, during which the West dies away and there are cars. Smoky is born in the wild, but is captured and trained by a cowboy named Clint. Smoky is unusually intelligent, and soon becomes known as the best cowhorse around. Smoky is stolen, and the rest of the story details Smoky's treatment at the hands of different owners, and his eventual return to Clint.

An illustrated edition was issued in 1929.


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