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The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar Hardcover – September 6, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

Based on a true story, this is a girl's touching recollection of the unusually severe winter of 1903, which she spent on a small island near Nantucket. Although her father, who worked for the Coast Guard, visited regularly, the girl and her mother were the island's only human inhabitants. But they shared this isolated piece of land with 10 wild horses, who "flew across the sand like windblown seeds and their dark hooves splashed stars from the sea." When the snow covered up the horses' grazing ground, the hungry animals appeared at the girl's house, where they were given bread, carrots and even straw from the youngster's own bed. The girl and her family ultimately moved on to live elsewhere, but she never forgot this very special place and its wild horses--her friends. Rand ( Knots on a Counting Rope ; The Sun, the Wind & the Rain ) excels at this type of sweeping, naturalistic art, and his pictures here successfully convey the story's drama and the dignity of these magnificent steeds. Kinsey-Warnock's appealing, poetic text is a stirring account of the struggle between people and the forces of nature. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 1-3-- Based on a true 19th-century incident, this memoir builds on the rhythms of nature. A seven-year-old girl narrates her life on lonely Sweetbriar Island, off the coast of Nantucket. She, her mother, and her Coast Guard father share the island with a band of wild horses. The horses symbolize the harshness of island life in this mood story. Like the human family, they enjoy the summer and fall, and survive the winter with determination and hope. Readers will be haunted by the contrasts of the seasons, portrayed in appropriate colors. Rand's arresting watercolors emphasize the blues and grays of the changing sky. Sensitive younger listeners might be disturbed by the agonizing hunger of the horses, however, and they may question the inconclusive ending and wonder what became of the island horses after the family moved away. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , NM
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton; 1st edition (September 6, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525650156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525650157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock Illustrated by Tend Rand.
This lushly illustrated book tells a story sure to enthrall both girls and boys, alike (not to mention their parents...). It is a tale of a harsh winter on a small isolated island in 1903. Will the humans make it through the winter? What about the wild horses? Can ONE little girl make the difference?
The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar is based on a true story that took place on Tuckernuck Island, just off Nantucket, in the winter of 1895. This children's book is frequently used in a home schooling curriculum and there are websites designed to cater to that on the internet.
Whether purchasing this book for your child's reading enjoyment or for educational purposes, The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar is sure to catch your child's interest. Currently Out-of-Print.
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Wild is a good word, and this story shows the positive side of it from a child's perspective. This is one of my favorite children's stories. It shows the beauty, joy, and connections of childhood and of how children see the world.
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This is a powerful story about a girl's unusually strong bond with a remote island, its untamed wildlife, and, especially, a herd of wild horses that struggle to survive through a very harsh winter. What stronger bond is there than between a young girl and a horse? The girl maintains hope and kindness in the face of desperation and uncertainty, and through her we reminisce about a simpler and purer time when we held reverent the wild and powerful elements of nature around us.

The artwork is amazing throughout. I wish I could get prints of some of the illustrations.
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