The Rag Horse
Good afternoon! Today is BEATA ALESSIA, and the name of the Wondering Wandering Writer is exactly ALESSIA! I have translated for you the story of the day contained in the book that Aunt Maria Teresa gave me for Father's Day 1990 and that I used to read with my dad whenever we could! The drawing you see is the kelpie designed by Rosa Iannello for the first Cosmopolitan Family book! You can buy a copy of the first book illustrated by her in both English and Italian! Here are the links where to find them!
"What can I do?" the puppet asked to himself. "How can I get Claudia to notice me?" And so, at midnight, he left his puppet theatre and headed for the rag horse. "O little horse, help me, please. I would like to pick some roses for Claudia, in the park, but I'll never make it alone!" The little horse was happy that someone had finally noticed him; he let the puppet ride on his back and sneaked out of the shop through a half-open door. In the darkness of the deserted street, they felt lost and desperate, but Bigio the kitten came to their aid and, having learnt the reason for their strange nocturnal excursion, offered to pluck roses for them. It was child's play for Bigio to climb the little wall of the park and pick the most beautiful roses. Proud of his booty, he returned to his friends. When the puppet offered Claudia the real roses and told her that the horse had also been part of the expedition to the park, she was moved and clapped him affectionately on the shoulder. When he woke up, someone was caressing him: it was not the doll but a child who, happy, was bringing home his new toy.