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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,459 ratings  ·  318 reviews
A Plains Indian girl is lost in the mountains during a storm. A wild stallion becomes her friend and she decides to ride free with the herd even after she is found.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (first published 1978)
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Is Paul Goble's The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses one of your favorite books? It won the Caldecott Medal thirty-five years ago, but let's take a look at it to see if we'd use it today, when one of the criteria for books about American Indians is whether or not it names a specific tribe.

Here's the first paragraph in the story:

"The people were always moving from place to place following the herds of buffalo. They had many horses to carry the tipis and all their belongings. They trained their fastest
I have been reading many Native American folktales lately and I have recently stumbled upon this little gem called “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.” “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Paul Goble which is about how a young Native American girl’s love for horses has led her to the land of the wild horses and how she has to make the decision of her life to be happy forever. “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” is a true classic tale that every child will enjoy f ...more
Kylie Walter
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses has been one of my favorite books since I was a young girl. My mom use to read it to me until I was able to read it to myself. It is a Navajo story about how a plains girl became one with the horses. It begins with a young girl getting lost on the plains with her tribes horses she then meets the wild horses and they become one herd. The young girl lives amoung them until one day men from her tribe find her and bring her home. She is happy to see her family but she ...more
This book gets three stars mostly because I just love the illustration, I think they are so vivid and colorful, I just want to stare at them all day. But I don't care for the story nearly as much as the pictures. I didn't really care for the ending and I thought that some parts of the story were a little weird and I wondered why the characters would act that way. All in all, this is a very pretty book that I think anyone could enjoy.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.
Aug 28, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: caldecott, horse and Native American requests
Recommended to June by: Goodreads picture book group
A girl loves horses and is caught in a stampede caused by a thunderstorm. A year later hunters find her living with wild horses and they only rescue her from the stallion when her horse stumbles. However, she misses the wild horses and goes back to live with them.

"Today we are still glad to remember that we have relatives among the Horse People. And it gives us joy to see the wild horses running free. Our thoughts fly with them."

I love Goble and horses and this story never fails to bring tears
The Girl who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble, published in 1978, is a mythical Native American tale about a girl who longed to be one with her horses. This girl had a special way of communicating with the horses unlike anyone else in her community. One day, she fell asleep during a storm and after a chain events became lost and could not find her way home. It was not until two years later that men from her tribe encountered her and brought her home. Unfortunately, her parents knew the one thing ...more
S. J.
Jul 27, 2012 S. J. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Art students, fans of Native Amerian myths
Recommended to S. by: Reading Rainbow
As it has been years since I read this book, this will be an incomplete review.

I understand that my opinion is not the norm, but I did not like this book near as much as I thought I would. The illustrations are amazing and probably do deserve the award. Native American myths are usually interesting and entertaining for young children...but I felt that the way the myth was presented negated much of the entertainment value. I frankly found this boring. You never got a chance to relate with the mai
Clare Wojda
1. Genre - Multicultural
2. Awards - Caldecott Medal, An ALA Notable Children's Book, Library of Congress Children's Book Award, NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book for Field of Social Studies
3. Grade Level - K-2
4. 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
Told in a simple, yet beautiful narrative, this story highlights American Indian beliefs in humanity's connection to nature. A girl who has a special gift to talk to horses, finds that she is more at home with them than her own people, but she never forgets her parents or village and brings them a new colt every year. The legend eventually says that she bacame a horse and her people are happy to have a representative in the horse community. There are also two American Indian songs about horses i ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a lovely folktale about a (big shocker here) girl who loved wild horses. The story was interesting, though somewhat predictable by folktale standards, but the illustrations are wonderful, with bold colors, strong geometric designs and a raw, natural feel to them. There's also a couple of Native American songs about horses at the end.

This book was selected as one of the alternate books for the September 2014 - Horses discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here a
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: October 14th, 2014

Author: Paul Goble (Illustrations also by Paul Goble)

Title: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Plot: A young girl who is fond of horses finds herself lost and alone in a thunderstorm until a beautiful spotted stallion, wild and free, rescues her and shows her the wonderful life of the horse people.

Setting: Historic (Native Americans)

Characters: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Spotted Stallion

Point-of-Views: Third-Person

Theme: Home-is-where-the-heart-is

Style: Illustrations a
Rosa Cline
This is a Caldecott Award winning book... This is an American Indian 'legend' story so for families that don't believe in teaching others believes or ideas then skip reading this. With that being said this was a very nice written book about an Indian girl that loved horses and could almost 'speak' to them. She stayed with them after she did her chores and didn't want to do anything else. One day she fell asleep around them and during a storm she jumped on one of their backs and they carried her ...more
Kristi Scramlin
The author Paul Goble take a Navajo song about wild horses into this story with amazingly beautiful illustrations. It follows a Navajo girl who loves horses but must follow the traditional roles of females in her culture. Until one day when she took the horses out to the river and feel asleep and was awaken by a huge thunder and lightning storm. The storm frightened the horse’s do they took off running and the girl had to hope on one and try to heard them back together, but she ends up becoming ...more
Interesting book. The author is actually British, and though he's clearly done his research, and was a pioneer in portraying Native American culture with respect and as much accuracy as was accessible, his work is controversial. To many native peoples he's still an outsider, and simply by that criterion is incapable of writing a book that can be accepted as showing an authentic native story or experience.

Of course they have an excellent point. And even a reader unaware of this controversy can se
Margo Martin
The Girl Who Loved Horses incorporates more than just a story of a young Native American girl, but also provides a realistic image of Native America culture. Throughout the book illustrations represent the ancient Native American culture through realistic Native American drawings and patterns that clearly give a visual of the characters, the time period, and the culture they lived in. The book starts by explaining how they were always moving as a tribe, and how they need the best horses. One par ...more
Jamie Singer
This book is about a little girl who loved and cared for the horses of her village. One night there was a thunder storm and the horses got scared and galloped off with the little girl on one of the horses. She tried to corral them, but the horses kept on going until the horses ran into some wild horses. The little girl’s parents came looking for her and finally found her with all the horses. They made her return home and she became miserable without the horses. So her parents decided it was best ...more
Rachel Tackett
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David Korsak
This book is about a little girl who loved and cared for the horses of her village. One night there was a thunder storm and the horses got scared and galloped off with the little girl on one of the horses. She tried to corral them, but the horses kept on going until the horses ran into some wild horses. The little girl’s parents came looking for her and finally found her with all the horses. They made her return home and she became miserable without the horses. So her parents decided it was best ...more
Title: The girl who loved wild horses
Author: Paul Goble
Illustrator:Paul Goble
Date of Publication:1978
Award: The Caldecott medal
Genre: Legend/Folklore
Summary: The girl who loved wild horses is a native American legend about a young girl who has a special relationship with horses. The girl falls asleep by a river and is awoken by a storm and is lured away by a herd of horses. She than encounters a magical stallion who is the leader of the wild horses and the girl joins their herd. She is later dis
I read this to all classes except Kindergarten. After reading the first page, I asked the students to tell me the region of the United States in which the story takes place, requiring them to give examples from the text to back up their answer. Most of the time I re-read the first page. We discussed why the words "buffalo," "tipi," and "horses" were clues to "The Great Plains."

After enjoying the story, we discussed a few of the illustration elements. We talked about why the artist might have put
I chose to read The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses for my LIS510 children's literature class. Paul Goble won the Cadeldecott medal a few years ago. The pictures in the book are phenomenal, the horses can look a little creepy at times, but i don't think the children would notice. The words in the book can be a little choppy at times, but i think that is where they are trying to speak like Native Americans at time. The story is defiantly a folktale, the little girl is lost for two years and her parent ...more
Samantha Zimmerman
Paul Goble wrote The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses based on a Native American girl who finds her way in life living with the wild horses when during a storm the horses run off and she jumps on the back of one of them. She decides to stay with the horses instead of returning home but when she is captured a year later by her tribe she is forced to be taken back to her parents. Soon she falls ill and asks her parents if she can go back with the wild horses and they grant her wishes. Another year late ...more
Chelsea Cameron
The Girl who Love Wile Horses written and illustrated by Paul Goble, is a Native American tale about a girl thrived to become internally connected with her horses. One day the young girl fell asleep during a treacherous storm and after a serious of events she found herself lost not able to find her way home. She found a horse that helped her and guided her and suddenly the girl felt complete. It took two years for men from her tribe to find her and bring her home, but that is not what the girl w ...more
This folk tale tells about a Native American girl who connects deeply with horses. One night, the horses are spooked by a storm and take off into the mountains. The girl goes with them and lives with them for a year. When she's rescued by her family, she misses the horses. The ending of this story is emotionally chilling but positive. Goble's illustrations are earthy with a graphic feel.
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Haley Dowty
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble is a great tale about a Native American girl who loved horses. She goes to live with the wild horses and eventually it's believed she turns into one. I personally love this story being a horse girl. As a child it was my dream to live with horses! This story is very captivating which is partly due to the wonderful illustrations. This book definitely deserves it's Caldecott Medal. The illustrations are vibrant and very well executed. My favorite spread ...more
Salina King
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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses is an interesting story about a young Native American girl who has a way with horses. She spends a great deal of time with them and is most at ease when she is with them. When she is separated from her tribe the horses take care of her and she becomes part of their herd. At the end of the story there is no longer a young girl but a beautiful horse with black hair as beautiful as the girls. I felt this story is good for young readers because it allows their imaginat ...more
Kathryn Reeder
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I really like the illustrations in this Caldecott winner, and I enjoyed the story. I know this book is quite controversial, partially because Goble is not an American Indian (he's British). I am unsure what I think about the controversy, as this book was written over 30 years ago in a different era, and I personally feel like this book feels respectful. However, I certainly think an author's note and/or bibliography telling the history of the story would be useful. He does include a Navaho song ...more
Mallori Allphin
This book told a tale of a young girl and her adventures with wild horses. She started by simply caring for them but it soon became more. During a storm, the horses took off and she went with them. After the storm had passed, the young girl woke up to a beautiful view with the horses and her adventures continued from there. The storyline of this book was very well done. The narrator did a great job of actually becoming a young girl and making it seem like her voice instead of a too mature chara ...more
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Paul Goble is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. He has won both the Caldecott Medal and The Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year Award.
To date, Mr. Goble has illustrated over 30 books. He has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.
Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School
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