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Kathleen Robinson

When Sara Smiled

Whitman Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin, 1962, 216 pp



Sara Thorne cannot talk to boys. She meets Marmalade, Bart’s magnificent thoroughbred,
but just can’t talk to Bart. Sara’s friends suggests that Sara learn to talk to boys by talking to
a horse.



Kathleen Robinson spend her childhood summers on a famous Kentucky plantation: Calumet, home to racing thoroughbreds. She wrote an adult novel set in Louisiana, Manon’s Daughter. When Sara Smiled was her first children’s novel, about a girl who cannot talk to boys: horses yes, but boys no.


Finding the book: reasonably easy to find. The book was not published in the UK.


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