This was a fascinating read and it's nonfiction. This horse was smart and so was his owner.
Albert Whitman and Company and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will publish October 1st.
A slave worked with Jim. He loved animals and he had a lot of patience. If Jim got the answer wrong, he just had him try again. He didn't reprimand him. He even gave him treats for getting it right.
He learned the alphabet, to do math, to spell words, and he was generally a sensation where ever he went. One of the journalists called him beautiful and it stuck.
He was a grand old horse. Since the slave had been freed, they toured the country. They made a good pair for presentation.
I wish I had seen him. I bet he was wondrous.