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Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Hardcover – December 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; Library Binding edition (December 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027365700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027365702
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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. Although she loves her people, this girl has a much deeper, almost sacred connection to her equine friends. The storm gives her the opportunity to fulfill her dream--to live in a beautiful land among the wild horses she loves.

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. Considering how difficult it is for some communities to allow friendships to grow between people of different cultures, this village's support for the girl's companions of choice is admirable. Goble's bold paintings reflect this noble open-mindedness. The young horse fanatic of the house will joyfully add this book to his or her collection. Children are passionate people; they will relate. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Paul Goble's beautifully-told, Caldecott Award-winning book (S&S, 1978) receives a fine treatment in this book and tape set. It is the tale of a Native American girl whose tribe follows the buffalo. She tends the horses, and grows to love them so much that eventually she joins them. Accompanied by Native American music, the story is clearly and lovingly read by Lance White Magpie, and sound effects help bring it to life. One side of the tape includes page-turn signals, while the other does not. Audio quality is excellent. This would make a good listening center for units on Native Americans, art, or horses.
Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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 of Art in London. He has lived in the United States since 1977 and became a citizen in 1984. Goble's life-long fascination with Native Americans of the plains began during his childhood when he became intrigued with their spirituality and culture. His illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing, customs and surroundings in brilliant color and detail. Goble researches ancient stories and retells them for his young audiences in a manner sympathetic to Native American ways. Goble lives with his wife in Rapid City, SD.

Customer Reviews

Have been reading this book to my 5 year old for a year.
Olivia Chavez
If you're looking for a book for young girl I highly recommend this whether she has a passion for horses or not.
TVcrazified
The illustrations are simply beautiful and the story is enchanting.
priscilla almendarez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses" won the Caldecott Award in 1978, the most prestigious award for children's illustrated books. As a children's librarian, I am always curious when I first open a Caldecott winner to see if I can readily identify why the book won the award.

Paul Goble is certainly an artist who sees beauty. He sets his story in the days of the Native American ascendancy on the plains. He renders nature in plentitude and colors the most beautiful black I have ever seen. In this Native American fairy tale a horrible black storm sweeps across the plains, frightening the horses into a stampede, carrying the older girl with them. She is what we would now call a horse whisperer.

In the night scene Goble depicts the black of the sky with stars and moon and the black of the high mountains in two shades of black. The horses, outlined in white against the mountains, look like gouache. The scene is stunning.

Goble goes on to have the girl meet a spotted wild stallion, who accepts her and the horses into his herd. By the end of this lovely fantasy, she has become a horse and the stallion's mate. The verdant flowers and rocks and pairings of five sets of animals match the horse pairing. It could happen in a fairy tale.

This story would appeal to any child with a strong artistic sense. Goble paints so much into his story that the visual story can almost stand alone. I know children who would love to "find" all the extras included in the scenery. The artwork is truly extraordinary. This book is highly recommended for ages 5 and up.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 14, 2004
Format: Turtleback
"The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses" is a straightforward tale of the Plains Indians, retold and illustrated by Paul Goble, unlike those that he has told about the trickster, Iktomi. This myth does not folllow any one story exactly but is put together from a great number of stories belonging to the peoples who lived on the Great Plains that Goble had read or listened to over the years. This story is premised on the importance of horses to these peoples. The title character is a girl in the village would loved horses so much that she would led them to drink at the river and when she spoke softly to them they would follow her. Her people recognized that she understood horses in a special way, which explains why this story ends the way that it does.
Every day after doing her chores the young girl would run off to be with the horses. One day there is a great lightning storm that drives the horses, carrying the young girl, over the horizon to a land she had never seen before. There she finds a beautiful spotted stallion, stronger and prouder and more handsome than any horse she had ever dreamed of. He is the leader of all the wild horses who roamed the hills and he welcome her to live with them. But a year later two hunters from her people discover her in the hills where the wild horses lived and they will try to bring the girl back to her parents. The question is whether the girl can be happy back with her people now that she has lived with the wild horses.
Goble's distinctive artwork, which recalls the art of the Plains Indians of the 19th century, is particularly well suited to this simple tale.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is considered a children's book, and I haven't the foggiest idea why. This book has everything going for it--art, history, memorable characters, a tear-jerker ending and a just plain good story. This is arguably the most famous of Paul Goble's books--he has a whole series of Native American "children's books" and it has deservedly won awards. You--yes you--will spend a happy long time trying to find everything in Goble's intricate landscapes in each and every one of his illustrations. This book is my fantasy come to life. This isn't just a book--it's something to save from a fire. Unfortunately, I couldn't save it from my guinea pig Muffin, who ate the spine, but that's another topic
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter is horse crazy right now. That's what initially led me to this title. However, and fortunately, it turns out that the book is a wonderfully illustrated Native American tale, complete with a bit of magical realism. Thus the title of this review. We talked about what happened to the girl and why the tale goes the way it does.
The story is about a young Native American girl who falls in love with a herd of wild horse. She manages to join the herd and live with them for quite a while. (To say more would ruin the tale.)
My 7 year-old can read it unaided, but it does have more text per page than most early reading books. Though the story is about a girl, I don't think the tale is all that gendered, and boys should find it equally interesting.
A good lead in to this sort of fiction is the much easier picture book, Storm Boy, by Paul Owen Lewis [....] That is a magnificently illustrated tale from the Northwest, drenched in magical realism. In fact, we still read that book periodically; it's so enchanting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Paul Goble transcends perfection. Any artist, or anyone who loves art, will want to look at this book again and again...
Simon & Schuster recommends the book for ages 5 to 8, but any child approaching or in his or her early teens would be enchanted by the simplicity of the artwork and the way it so powerfully conveys the story the words tell. Even adults will enjoy this poetic picture book.
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