Review: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses Is A Beautiful Native American Tale

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Native American culture is known for its legends. This is one about a girl who loves wild horses. She would speak softly to them and they would follow her. If a horse was hurt, she looked after it. People in her village knew she understood the horses in a way no one else could. One day, something unexpected happens, and the girl decides to live with the horses forever. Caldecott Medal-winning The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble, is a beautiful tale about how one girl chose to become a wild horse forevermore.

I liked this book because both the words and pictures were equally impressive. The author has written many other Native American legends like this one, so it’s no surprise that the writing really expressed the love and happiness the main character felt when she was around her horses.

I picked this book up from the Crazy Horse Memorial over the summer. I learned a lot about Native American cultures and traditions. It is an amazing and underrated place in South Dakota!

This book is great for readers who enjoy legends such as The Legend of Leelanau and The Empress and the Silk Worm, both of which I reviewed. I’ve been reading several picture book legends these days, and I am starting to enjoy them more and more! If you know a child ages 5-8, they may like to read this, too.

Four out of four roses!

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