A Birthday for Blue
by Kerry Raines Lydon
illustrated by Michael Hays
Albert Whitman & Company 1989
They would follow the path, as they had for many days.
They were moving to a new home, far across the mountains.
With Father in front, the heavy covered wagon
rolled slowly along the Cumberland Road.
The oxen were strong. Little Ness watched them pull
as she snuggled safely at Mother's side.
The old cow Annabelle lumbered behind.
Will and Ben and Mary walked barefoot,
climbing the road of dirt and rock.
Blue walked with them.
Today he stepped proudly.
Today Blue was seven years old...