"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."
When a thunderstorm scares the horses into a stampede — carrying her off in the process — the girl finds herself in a new land, ruled over by a handsome and proud stallion. The stallion welcomes her to live with them, and the girl is happy to join them... until the day that hunters from her tribe find her and try to bring her home. But perhaps home for this girl is truly with the horses she loves.
This Caldecott Medal winning story, assembled from multiple Plains Indians myths and legends, conveys a powerful and timeless message about individuality and following your heart.
"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.... 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." — Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com Reviews
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|Mar 31, 1993