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Ed Galing; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Roaring Brook Press



Tony was all white,
large, sturdy,
with wide gentle eyes
and a ton of love . . .

Follow this touching tale of a boy and his friendship with a horse, by the late poet Ed Galing and illustrated with remarkable tenderness by Caldecott-winning artist Erin Stead.

A Neal Porter Book

A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Kids

NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, NYPL Best Books of the Year

Praise for Tony

"Astonishing."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The tenderness of his words (“Tony was all white,/ large, sturdy,/ with wide gentle eyes/ and a ton of love”), combined with Stead’s exquisite portraits, allows readers entry into the world shared by boy and horse."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The muted pencil drawings are gorgeous and soft, a comfort simply to view. The gray and aqua coloring puts readers in predawn’s light, with the yellow highlights perfectly yielding a sense of warmth. The illustrations and text work together perfectly, conveying a story for readers of all ages."—School Library Journal

"A lovely tribute to a bygone service, especially for equine fans."—Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

Ed Galing; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The late Ed Galing was born in 1917, spent his early years in the Lower East Side of New York City, and is a widely published poet.

Erin E. Stead is the illustrator of many picture books, including A Sick Day for Amos McGee, for which she won the Caldecott medal, the acclaimed And Then It's Spring (four starred reviews), If You Want to See a Whale (three starred reviews), and most recently Lenny & Lucy. Erin lives in Michigan with her husband, author/illustrator Philip C. Stead.

Ed Galing

Roaring Brook Press

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