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Mustang Canyon Hardcover – August 26, 2002
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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PreSchool-Grade 1-This easy picture book consists of a few vignettes in the life of "Little Pinto," a new colt in a band of wild mustangs. This young animal witnesses a challenge to the leadership of the herd's stallion, sees and hears the threat of a low-flying airplane, and falls into the river. His mother crosses the water and leads him back to safety. Very young listeners and readers will want to go back to this exciting, reassuring title again and again. An afterword gives a brief background on the history of horses in North America and a glossary explains horse-related terms. San Souci's lovely spreads done in earth tones capture the joy of the running horses in their desert setting.
Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS-Gr. 2. Thundering wild horses leap off the pages of this handsome offering from the team who created Red Wolf Country (1996). On the opening spread, just-born Little Pinto learns to stand and nurse. By the next page, he's off and running with the herd through gorgeous desert canyons. London adds suspense when a series of interruptions startle the herd at a river--first an aggressive, unknown stallion and then a plane used to round up horses. Then Little Pinto takes a frightening plunge into the rushing white water; when he makes it to the other side, he is comforted by his mother. The words are spare, immediate, and informative, and San Souci's lavish, sharp watercolor artwork brings children close to the wild herd and the blistering desert heat. An afterword touches on the horse's history in North America, and a glossary defines words used in the text. Just as thrilling as the horses themselves are their wide-ranging travels across the austere landscapes. A must for cowboy wannabe's and horse fans; suggest this for science units, as well. Gillian Engberg
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The young reader or listener will immediately identify with the newborn "Little Pinto." After three weeks, Little Pinto takes his place among the herd of wild horses following their leader "Old White Face." In the tradition of Bambi, we learn at the conclusion that this horse is Pinto's father. Like Bambi's sire, Old White Face is ever-present: He's alert to danger, and protective of the entire herd. Unlike Bambi's father, Old White Face is ever-present.)
The book has three core action scenes, and Old White Face has a prominent role in each of them. He battles a "magnificent red-sorrel stallion," as he "screams, lashing out with his sharp hoofs like whip snaps of lightning..." Later, a low-flying place approaches, and Old White Face (remembering that "planes have come before--to round up mustangs,") stands on his hind legs, and warns the other horses. As the horses run off, Little Pinto falls into the rushing river: "He skims off boulders and is swept thrashing around holes in the rapids, haystacks of white powder...all the way to the far side," where he pulls himself out to the relief of his father, Old White Face, and his mother.
The powerful images of Jonathan London's non-rhyming, poetry-shaped text but non-rhyming text beautiful complements San Souci's spectacular pictures, all of them 2-page spreads. You can feel the love these two have for their subject, and words and text celebrate their individuality and love of freedom. London (who lives in the beautiful California town of Graton) and Sans Souci ([...]) include a heartfelt afterward about the origins of the mustangs, as well as a combined glossary and key to different horse breeds. You also gotta love an author who holds an annual "Big Night" (the great film about an Italian restaurant) screening with potluck dishes from the movie. Publisher Candlewick once again sets the standard for production values; this apparently overlooked treasure will appeal to most children, whether horse-lovers or not.