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Wind Rider (Laura Geringer Books) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 23, 2008
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Wind Rider takes place on the steppes of Stone Age Asia, although the exact place didn't matter to me as I eagerly turned the pages of this beautiful and exciting story. I knew that the main character, pre-adolescent Fern, lived in an ancient world, with a group of people whose main focus must still be survival. Fern's mother, Moss, had lost so many children during pregnancy, childbirth, and in their infancy, that their tribe allowed her to let both of her twins live - Fern, and her brother, Flint - to become the only set of twins among all their people. This immediately sets Fern a bit apart, but it is her personality, her desires, her gifts and longings that really make her unusual, much to the frustration of her mother.
Fern has an affinity for animals, whom she sees not just as food, but as friends. She cares for injured birds; has a dog who does not work as a hunting dog but is instead her pet and constant companion; and she is fascinated by horses. The difference between Fern and every other "girl who loves horses" book is this: no one in Fern's tribe has ever tamed a horse. The exhilaration, the patience, the effort that is involved in the process, though, is a timeless story, one that echoes classics like The Black Stallion and My Friend Flicka. I also found some parallels to one of my favorites, The Little Prince, by St.-Exupery, in the process of taming something to become your friend, as well as your responsibility.Read more ›
Williams brings to life a girl who may have (legends are told about this) been the first to ride a horse she rescued in a bog, in the creative way children try out things grown ups believe are not possible. The relationship between the girl and horse makes sense to anyone who loves an animal deeply. This book likely appeals equally to girls and boys from ages 8-15. This title would be a good selection for classroom literature circles or as part of a study of ancient times and places. While she is "married" by the end of the book, nothing overtly occurs that would cause this book to be a poor choice for children