Tony (Hardcover)

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By Ed Galing, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
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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,
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

About the Author

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 has illustrated several children's books with her husband, Philip C. Stead. Their first picture book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, won the Caldecott Medal. She has also illustrated And Then It's Spring (written by Julie Fogliano) and contributed to Eric Carle's What's Your Favorite Animal? The Steads divide their time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626723085
ISBN-10: 1626723087
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English