The Island Stallion Races

By: Walter Farley Presentation by: Isabelle Ricker

Third Person Omniscient Point Of View

Steve wondered if he should warn his departing visitors that the red stallion would not tolerate strangers in his kingdom.

In this sentence the reader sees the thoughts of Steve. He is pondering the thought of warning his visitors that his horse will not accept anyone onto the island that he doesn't know. The author shows that Steve is thinking to himself by starting off the sentence with Steve wondered.

Jay sat back, content that he had done the right in transferring to the taxi.

In this text, it shows that Jay is happy and delighted with the decision of moving into the taxi. Now, the author is talking about Jay's thoughts and feelings rather than Steve's.

Third person omniscient is a great point of view because it allows the reader to see the different feelings and thoughts of multiple characters, instead of just one in the book. As a result, the reader has a better feel for what is really happening and how all the characters respond or react to the situation.


1. "You sit him beautifully, Steve," Jay said without taking his eyes off the rolling horse. "No one could have a better seat. It wouldn't get by in a show ring, of course, but on the race track it's the only way to ride."

"I've never raced," Steve said.

"I know," Jay replied quietly.

This text passage has an importance to the story because it is the beginning of a racing dream and fantasy. The thought that Jay has of Steve racing Flame, has ironically been Steve's dream forever. As a result, the thought gets Steve's mind racing. Eventually, Steve ends up competing in a race and it all comes back to this thought.

2. "You can take him out for grass tomorrow morning. We can do nothing more at this time, and there's no possibility of him hurting himself in such a fine big stall. " He turned away. "Come on, Steve. You must be as hungry as I am."

"You go in the house," Steve said. "I'll stay here with him."

"But..." Jay began, bewilderment in his eyes as he looked first at Steve, that at Flame. "All right then," he said, "I'll bring something to you." Suddenly he brightened.

This affects the plot of the story because it shows the love that Steve has for Flame, which forms their unbreakable bond. It also explains why Flame is so protective over Steve and will do anything to keep him safe, even though he is a horse. The passage also portrays the fact that Steve will stay with and comfort Flame at anytime under any circumstances. Even though Steve has a fresh baked meal (which he hasn't had in months) in the house waiting for him, Steve is still willing to console Flame.