Dear Lipa Villagers, today we would like to introduce you to this magical book that represents a unique tribal experience, as well as an enchanted story of a little girl and her love for horses, that will keep parents and children glued to their chairs. Unleash your free spirit and experience wild life with:
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Author: Paul Goble
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses is the Native American folktale, rated as one of the best children’s book where the author shows an incredible ability to join love, drama, affection and vivid illustrations into one compelling story.
The story is about a girl who adores horses and enjoys a special gift of being able to talk to them, feeling more comfortable in the nature than in her own society with other people. She guides them to the river where they drink water, she sleeps next to them and spends time with them. During one thunderstorm, the girl gets lost with the horses and the village people start looking for her. She comes back as a stallion leading the herd of the wild horses.
The book is full of beautiful Native American patterns while characters appear in Native American clothing and live in the Native American culture. The little girl represents a free spirit, who eventually chooses freedom over the common human, restrained life. That’s another reason this book is so magnificent and enjoyable. It is the winner of the Caldecott Medal, 1979 and an ALA Notable Children’s Book. It has also been named as NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, as well as one of the Children’s books of the year chosen by the Library of Congress.
It’s absolutely worth reading and we hope you will enjoy it. Feel free to let us know how you liked it.
Quotes and praise
I have read many Native American folktales in my time, but never have I read one so full of luscious illustrations and an amazing story!
I love this book and this that it will be reads for a very long time.
This would be great for a social studies unit when learning about the continent of North America and how there were people who lived here before it was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus. The book could be read to the class out loud and then a follow up activity would be a handout for the students to go home and learn a little about their heritage and where they come from.
Through Goble’s paintings, the reader can appreciate not only the traditional Native American legend, but the relationship between the young girl and the horses as well.