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Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West Paperback – April 30, 1992
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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Engrossing as a story of the preservation of wild animals and truly moving as a story of a dauntless woman."
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The true story of Wild Horse Annie's crusade to save the mustangs is inspiring. Readers will cheer her on, all the way to the White House, in her struggle to preserve these beautiful creatures from extinction.
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Except, Henry took liberties with the history of Velma Johnston, eventually even claiming that she "owned the rights" to Velma's life. The fictionalization of Wild Horse Annie was seemingly approved by Velma Johnston herself, when she wrote "This clean, noble public image of Girl of the Golden West that I have become [via the book] is surely having a reforming influence on me".
So what WAS the history, and story, of Mrs. Charles C. Johnston, aka Velma Johnston, aka Wild Horse Annie? You'll find this in Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston, by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths. The evolution of Wild Horse Annie into a free-roaming horse activist, then into a national celebrity, is a most interesting tale. And it is a tale best understood in this book, Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston, and not Marguerite Henry's version.
HOWEVER, Marguerite Henry's book is unique and noteworthy in its own right. There is no doubt that it was an extremely significant "partnership" between Henry and Wild Horse Annie. For Henry, it sold hundreds of thousands of copies. For Wild Horse Annie, it was a critical tool for getting America's politicians and media outlets to be aware of the plight of free-roaming horses in the West, and the inspiration for getting children, huge fans of Henry's book, to bring "children power" to this fight.Read more ›
The way that horses are still killed for slaughter should be stopped. If you want more information, you can email me!
It has very nice illustrations, spirited, and anatomically correct (as opposed to cartoonish). They are done in black and white, and I hope that it will also spark her artistic endeavors.
Aside from being a good read for a young horse lover, it also shows what people -- and children in particular -- can do for effecting good changes in our country's legislation with compassion.
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I read this book over and over as a kid. It was probably the reason I now love books with strong female protagonists. Excited to share this with my nieces now.Published 2 months ago by Briana
All Marguerite Henry's books are wonderful, my daughter really enjoys reading her books.Published 4 months ago by Victoria E.
I bought this as a gift for my 11 year old grand-daughter. I read the book when I was about that age and loved it so much.Published 10 months ago by Lisa Richards
it took alo of hard work for annie to save the mustangs they wwere important to her must read about the mustangs and why they are importantPublished 13 months ago by cindy miller
As a child myself, I read all of the horse classics. Now I'm buying them for my great granddaughter, age 11, as she is interested in horses. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rosemary Lahmann
Fascinating account of the life and passion of "Wild Horse Annie" Marguerite Henry brings three old west and the 1950's to life with her descriptive, easy to read style.Published 18 months ago by Scoobydew58
Another Marguerite Henry masterpiece! Great book for young and old.Published 20 months ago by Roxie,Sebring,FL
this is a good book! you feel like your actually in the story.
I would recommend this book to everyone