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Grade 5-8–Australian actress Caroline Lee enthusiastically and energetically narrates this recording of Elyne Mitchell's 1958 novel about wild horses (brumbies) in Australia. It is the story of Thowra, a silvery-white brumby, who becomes leader of his own herd over the course of the book, defeating other stallions and evading the men who try to capture him. This fairly realistic horse story occasionally slips into a more fantastical style, such as when the horses converse with each other and with other animals (cows, kangaroos, dingoes) and when Mitchell attributes human emotions and thoughts to Thowra. Lee's voice walks, trots, canters, and gallops through the story, as appropriate to the action. The book is prefaced with an Australian glossary, primarily consisting of descriptions of the local flora and fauna. There are musical cues for the beginning and end of each chapter as well as each side of the tape. Young horse lovers will relish this story.–Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, San Jose, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Elyne Mitchell (1913-2002) began writing for her children. Although the Silver Brumby books are her most famous, she wrote several others, mainly about horses. Passionate about the dramatic landscapes of the Australian Alps, her books convey the beauty and savagery of that area with a remarkable lyricism.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio; Unabridged edition (February 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743156332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743156339
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,087,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
The novel is set in Australia and is written in the style of seeing life through the eyes of the wild brumbies that populate the Cascades/ Snowy Mountains. The story revolves around Thowra a palomino colt who is born from Bel Bel (cream mare). Due to his colouring he is hunted and alienated by man and beast, and the story tells how the tiny silver colt grows from a unimportant foal to the king of the Cascades. It doesn't happen easily as Thowra and his half-brother Storm evade being captured, fight for the right to have a herd, and the right for supremacy in this hostile world.

I have enjoyed this series of books, and as I come from Australia I like how it contains much Aboriginal culture and words (eg Thowra means 'the wind'). These books are unlike most horsey books as the story is about the horses lives, successes and struggles instead of the humans. A good thing about the Silver Brumby books are that the are all interlinked as most are about Thowra's offspring, friends or just about him as a legend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about Australian life in the bush, or who is just an avid horse lover like me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oxzillia Schmitt on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was nine years old and I remember loving it. I read all the other books addictively for a few months then totally forgot about them. A week ago I was at the public library and, for some reason, I suddenly remembered those books I remembered loving so much. I decided to read the first one again.

Once more I was swept up in brumby country where stallions fight to the death over mares and where man is an enamy. I found myself immersed in the world of Thowra, the magnificent silver horse who ran with the wind. The scenery is so well described you can picture it and you can really see through Thowra's eyes as he gallops away with the men on horseback at his heals.

You don't need to be a horse-lover to enjoy these books. I'm not. All you need is an appreciation of seeing through the eyes of a character who isn't human and a love of animals in general. I recommend this book to those who liked Watership Down and to those who wish to be transported to a world that is totally different than any you have ever read about before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read the "Silver Brumby's" series since I was a child and every few years I re-read the whole series as an adult. I am 42 now! :) I love the Silver Brumby's daughter as it shows the bond between Thowra, the silver stallion and his beautiful silver daughter, Kunama who is hunted as much as her father is for her beautiful shiny coat. She is captured; but can Thowra rescue her from the grasp of men? Fantastic book!

I highly recommend the whole series to any one who loves horses, young or old. You can start in the series where you want, but I recommend starting with the Silver Brumby, as this is the first book and the story tells of the birth of a tiny silver colt being born on a stormy hostile night and how he and his half-brother Storm grow, evade being captured by man who longs to own the beautiful silver horses, how they fight for the right to have a herd, how he meets Kunama's mother, and how he fights for the right for supremacy in the hostile Snowy mountains. Excellent all around! Just writing this makes me want to read the series again for the 100th time!! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is about a silver stallion that everyone wants to capture and tame, but Thowra escapes all the time and steals Golden and The Brolga fights with Yarraman, would Yarraman be killed or still be the King of Cascade brumbies? Until Thowra grew strong, he fought and won as King of the Cascade brumbies! and i recommended this book to anyone at all that loves horses or wild horses. Read this book and you'll love it!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Athena on June 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read the Silver Brumby & The Silver Brumby's Daughter in the early 70's, The Silver Brumbie being first published in 1959. I read & reread it several times, reading it again in late 1990's, sharing the stories with my children. I have never forgotten The Silver Brumby and i think I will take a few days and read the books all over again! The launch of the Internet & a computer in 1996 allowed me to search the world for a copy to purchase from a bookstore in Austrailia where I found first edition hardcovers before the books were being published again. The Silver Brumby books are some of the most wonderful young reader books ever written. I am so glad there has been a resurgence in their popularity.
Previous reviewers have described the stories so I won't repeat what has already been stated. Elyne Mitchell does a fabulous job of setting the scene, describing the landscape, the horses, their lives as wild horses in the Austrailian landscape and the animals they come in contact with. Elyne Mitchell is a fabulous storyteller! Readers not only enjoy a fictional story, they also gain an education of Austraila.

Sadly the Brumbies are hunted and killed, just as our wild Mustangs are hunted and killed here in the US. Maybe someday the persecution of our wild horses and the beloved Brumbies will stop.
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This is the second in the classic series about the wild horses of south-east Australia. In my view it's the best of them all.
Kunama is a silver and white filly (her name means snow) kicking up her heels in the snowy mountains with her father Thowra (meaning wind) at the start of the book. As the seasons progress she meets other young colts and fillies and her stunning looks gain the unwanted attention of a big burly colt Spear. Kunama prefers a black colt Tambo, a pure racehorse running wild. Wallabies, mopokes, wombats and galahs populate the busy Australian spring. But all this pales before the threat of capture by humans who at that time (though not now) were permitted to graze cattle and rope wild horses during the summer.
Kunama has to stay hidden away in a secret valley but like any teenage girl she wants to get out and meet her friends - until she takes one chance too many and is roped by a man and boy who drag her back to the captivity escaped by her mother Golden. She has no way to escape and even if she did, other horses are on the mountains, including the unfriendly Spear.
Read as a horse story, the details are all correct; read as a metaphor it teaches young people some valuable lessons in a way they can relate to; read as a ripping adventure story, it can hardly be bettered. I read this more times than I can remember and the lyrical beauty of the writing would still engage me today.
Ms Mitchell wrote many books about her life on an outback station and skiing in the mountains. The first four are the best of this series; the later books have fewer characters and simpler stories.
This was early published as The Snow Filly.
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