Ed Galing was a prolific poet, a native of Nashville, and oftentimes, homeless. He was a frequent contributor to the local paper that is written and distributed by currently and formerly homeless people. When the Steads came across his poem, "Tony," on a trip to Tennessee, they were so stuck by its simplicity and beauty, they knew they had to illustrate it. This book is Erin Stead's homage to that poem. This quiet scene takes place in the cool and shadowy hours before sunup. A man and his horse deliver milk and eggs. A neighbor greets them and gives the horse a pat. The hushed moment is perfectly expressed by Erin's wood prints. The words come alive. You can faintly hear the clomp of hooves and the clink of milk bottles. Sublime— From Nicole
Tony was all white,
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
"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