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Blitz by Hetty Burlingame BeattyTitle: Blitz
Author: Hetty Burlingame Beatty
Major Themes: Firemen, Horses
Synopsis: Blitz, a gallant fire horse, is plunged into a life of misery when a man’s greed causes tragedy.

Unfortunately, I believe Blitz is out of print. I remember reading this book when I was a girl, and my daughter has fond memories of reading it many years ago, as well. My three oldest boys and I read it together recently, and they loved it as much as I did.

Blitz tells the story of a gallant horse. His first years of life were idyllic, spent on a lovely farm with his mother and learning to be an obedient, hard-working horse. When he was four years old he was taken to the fair to be sold, and his new owner bought him to be a fire horse. Blitz quickly learned the joy of racing to a fire and was always anxious to take off to the fire station as soon as the whistle began to blow. One night, however, a man’s greed led to tragedy and Blitz found himself living under horrible conditions. Would he ever learn to trust men again? Would his pain-filled, starving life be the end of him?

Blitz is a heart-warming story of love and kindness. If you have a child who loves horses, this would be a wonderful book to find for them. I would call it a living book, not twaddle at all.

WARNING: Page 75 has the word “g__h”.

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12


Links to buy Blitz:

Amazon: PaperbackHardcover

AbeBooks: View Choices on


Firemen, Horses

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