A well-written story, told in rhyme, that’s easy to read and has a good moral. The Highwayman Who Ran and Ran tells the story of a young stable boy who takes the initiative to make his life better, and ends up under a curse that he despairs of ever breaking.
The Highwayman Who Ran and Ran Review
I’ve a weakness for stories told in rhyme. I love the way they flow off my tongue, and a good rhythm to the words can sink you into the story like nothing else can. I came across this story via a simple kindle search for “poetry for kids”, and whilst I have to admit the 7-year-old didn’t particularly care for it in the end, I devoured it.
The Highwayman Who Ran and Ran by Aldred Chase tells the simple story of a stable boy (Scuff) who dreams of bigger things, and promptly gets in over his head on his one attempt to make his life better. He chose the wrong horse, got caught by the wrong person, and now he’s under a curse. Through it all, though, Scuff is a good kid, and his basic compassion and goodness grows even more throughout the story as he deals with his curse. He’s easy to root for. Plus, the moral of the story is always a good one to read.
Also, the way the stanzas are set up, the breaks between provide a perfect stopping point to take a minute to ask your child what’s happening. There’s a big difference between loving the flow of the story, and actually knowing what’s going on. I think that’s where my child had a problem with it. She was just totally unfamiliar with some of the words. Older readers – those who like poetry especially – would enjoy this simple tale, though.
Overall, The Highwayman Who Ran and Ran was quite enjoyable, the rhyming consistent and the story a good one. It’s definitely worth taking a look at, and you can buy it on Amazon. (Actually as of this posting, it’s free. So there’s really no reason not to try it.)