Books: Wunderkind

"NATIONAL VELVET"—Enid Bagnold— Morrow ($2.50).

World-weary old gentlemen about to blow out their brains do not as a rule leave their horses to little girls who are delivering a steak. Champion racehorses are not apt to be raffled off for a shilling ticket.

And girls, however gallant, do not ride in the Grand National at Aintree. Each of these unlikely happenings occurs in Author Bagnold's "National Velvet," but so compelling is the wave of her magic wand that the surliest realist will nod and grin approval. Nor should hippophobes shrink away; though...

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