Fabish the horse that braved a bushfire by Neridah McMullin
Published by Allen & Unwin
There is nothing more quintessentially Australia than bushfire season. Fabish the horse that braved a bushfire is a story that gives the reader everything in one package - excitement, loyalty, hope and danger.
Set in Victoria, the story takes place during the Black Saturday bushfires and centres around a retired racehorse - Fabish. As the smell of smoke lingers in the air the stable trainer comes to set the paddock of yearlings free in a hope they can escape the approaching fire. The trainer returns to the racing stable to try and save the stable and horses within. He battles hot spots, while fearing this could be the end. Finally the fire front passes and he emerges to get back to the paddock with Fabish and the yearlings. Seeing the damage done to the scorched land he doesn't hold out much hope for Fabish and his young charges.
Suddenly with smoke still hanging thick in the air, the trainer thought he could hear a clip clop of horses approaching. Emerging out the smoke was the yearlings in a single line, with Fabish at the lead. Fabish had kept the horses safe from the fire against all the odds.
Neridah's story captures the reader, coupled with the images from Andrew McLean this book will ensure the reader can't put it down. A beautifully told story, Fabish, based on a true story, is a story of survival, courage and a must read for the young and old alike.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Neridah McMullin
Title: Fabish the horse that braved a bushfire
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: July 2016