The Boy Who Couldn’t Talk, the story of Haystack and his endeavors, is an incredible western tale. One part storytelling, one part adventure, The Boy Who Couldn’t Talk is an excellent book for audiences of all ages and experiences. From those familiar with western life, to new cowpokes, an imaginative tale brilliantly unfolds right before your very eyes.
Anna Elizabeth Judd exuberantly brings the images and sentiments of the west to full life through the eyes of a young horse…Haystack. Haystack experiences a flurry of emotions typically reserved for humans. Yet Judd compartmentalizes the keen, if not curious, mind of a child all the way through to maturity, and it is through these glasses we are treated to an amazing, inspirational story.
As Haystack develops throughout the story, we are treated to life in the west and the relationship between trainer and horse. Educating anyone unfamiliar with western culture is one purpose of Judd’s book. Yet, at the core of Judd’s work is the special relationship between Haystack, and Adam…the boy who couldn’t talk. This partnership cemented one final aspect of The Boy Who Couldn’t Talk, the role of God in our lives, prompting Judd’s work as a must read
The Boy Who Couldn’t Talk is a special work, regardless of one’s age or experiences.
“A long time ago in a big red barn is where the story of my life begins. The big red barn was set on a hilltop, surrounded by grass so high it would tickle my belly. The trees were so tall they hung over the rooftop. I remember how the morning sun rising above the mountains would make the sky turn bright red. The days started with the allure of new adventures to experience.
My name is Haystack. I am a horse. I remember playing with Boots the dog and Specs the rooster behind the barn in the field where my mama, Libby, would watch us.
She was a Mustang that roamed free for the first part of her life. Then one day she and many other horses were rounded up and sold. They would all one day become rodeo broncs.
Wesley, my owner, tells the story of the day they were rounded up, told to him by the old man who helped in this endeavor. “