Classic Pick: National Velvet

Books & Nooks

'National Velvet' is a touching family story starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. Taylor plays the role of Velvet Brown, a 1920s working-class girl who dreams of owning her own horse. Her dream becomes a reality when she wins Pie, a wild and unruly horse, in a raffle. With the help of Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney), a gunshy ex-jockey, Velvet trains Pie to be a race champion despite the wishes of her loving but cautious parents. Velvet's determination pays off and the Brown family pools its money and enters the prestigious Grand National race. Will Velvet succeed in the race?


Author: Enid Bagnold