The Girl Who Loved Wild HorsesBy
Written and Illustrated By Paul Gobel
Paul Goebel’s story and illustrations take you into the wonderful world of the Plains with it’s canyons, cactuses, wild weather and beautiful Native American customs and introduces you to a girl who loves wild horses.
The Amazon.com review of this book sums up the subject matter beautifully: “For most people, being swept away in a horse stampede during a raging thunderstorm would be a terrifying disaster. For the young Native American girl in Paul Goble’s 1979 Caldecott-winning masterpiece, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, it is a blessing. Although she loves her people, this girl has a much deeper, almost sacred connection to her equine friends. The storm gives her the opportunity to fulfill her dream–to live in a beautiful land among the wild horses she loves. With brilliant, stylized illustrations and simple text, Paul Goble tells the story of a young woman who follows her heart, and the family that respects and accepts her uniqueness.”
A wonderful combination of a great story and stellar illustrations, this is a great book to share with young children or to read aloud.
Suggested Reading Level – Preschool-Grade 2
"There was a girl in the village who loved horses... She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way."
And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations. Paul Goble tells how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.