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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

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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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For the most part, I enjoyed The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and truly loved the boldly expressive illustrations. However, while I can certainly understand why this book won the Caldecott Medal, and that many have fond memories of it, that many simply adore this book, the controversies of authenticity and charges of cultural appropriation that have been levelled at Paul Goble have made me approach The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses rather critically and with some trepidation. And while I do think tha ...more

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
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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This is a traditional Pueblo Indian folk tale. A young girl loves horses and takes on the care of the tribe’s stock. But during a violent storm her favorite horse is spooked by the lightning and runs away with the girl on her back; the horse runs so far that they do not know how to get back to the camp. However, they notice a herd of wild horses, led by a spotted stallion, and they join that herd for help and protection. Eventually the girl returns to her people, but she finds she misses the wil ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
i recently had a discussion with a friend of mine about which picture books we liked best when we were children. she mentioned really loving this one and i was surprised that i had never heard of it.

so i remedied that by getting it from the library and it was really enjoyable. the illustrations are unique and very beautiful. i'm not an artist myself so i don't know how to describe them well enough to do them any justice but to me they remind me of paper cut-outs. flat and sort of two dimensional
S. J.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Kylie Walter
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-334
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
Miranda Jones
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
These illustrations were beautifully done and really captures the Native American artwork; he used rich colors and intricate details on the clothing. The pictures really seemed to put the text to life. As a reader, I was able to feel the fear of the horses when the storm hit. I especially liked this book because I love horses and have always dreamed about seeing wild mustangs. What I found odd was that this young girl leaves her tribe to live with the wild horses. I wonder how she was able to su ...more
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Paul Goble was 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.
He gave 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 of Art in London. He became a United States citizen i
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