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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1978)

by Paul Goble

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A Native American girl becomes so in love with horses that she even feels more comfortable with them than people. The Native Americans believe that at the end of the story she became a horse! I think this book would be great for a section on folklore, or maybe put on display when studying Native Americans.
  SRThompson | Nov 20, 2014 |
I believe that The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses is a good book to inform about the Native American lifestyle of the past. By telling a story about a girl who loves and cares for the wild horses of her tribe, this book gives readers an idea of what a young girl might enjoy doing in a time period long ago. For example, the book explains that the girl collects firewood with her mother daily and sleeps outside in a teepee. These examples are ones that create an image of an everyday lifestyle that children may not be familiar with. Additionally, this book is filled with beautiful illustrations. These keep the story interesting as well as helps readers visualize what the girl’s outdoor life consisted of. The purpose of the story is to tell about this girl who connects with the horses in a special way and is eventually invited to live with them. Though the purpose of this book is simply to story-tell, I believe the features helped to make this book informative of the Native American people. ( )
  sarahwarner329 | Sep 14, 2014 |
Winner of the 1979 Caldecott Medal. I like the art in this; it's got a pretty unique style. Oddly enough, it reminds me of the art in Meena. The story is okay, but I'd say the art is definitely its strong point.
  Sopoforic | Mar 20, 2014 |
The illustrations for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses are very eye-catching. They use bold colors and sharp outlines. The story is an exciting tale of a girl who is taking care of horses for her tribe but wanders to far and is caught in a storm. The horses stampede and bring her to live with the wild horses. She learns to love her life with the wild horses and returns after she is rescued. ( )
  aleader | Jan 28, 2014 |
the Sioux are located in the Dakotas so lots of plains land. With that said horses and buffalo are highly respected and very important to them. To this day the Sioux are full of ranchers and the land has a lot of wild horses and buffalo roaming. ( )
  Brettch | Dec 7, 2013 |
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This is a story of a Plains Indian girl who joins a band of wild horses and eventually, the story implies, becomes a horse herself. Includes full-color illustrations on each page of this engaging story.
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For Bonnie who loves horses and for Janet
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The people were always moving from place to place following the herds of buffalo.
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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. Considering how difficult it is for some communities to allow friendships to grow between people of different cultures, this village's support for the girl's companions of choice is admirable. Goble's bold paintings reflect this noble open-mindedness. The young horse fanatic of the house will joyfully add this book to his or her collection. Children are passionate people; they will relate. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.

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