Magazine article Montessori Life

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Magazine article Montessori Life

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

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THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES By Paul Goble Aladdin, Simon & Schuster Paperback, $7.99

This Caldecott Medal-winning book tells the story of a Native American girl who lives on the Great Plains in the time of the buffalo. She takes part in the work of the village, but her true love is spending time with and taking care of her tribe's horses; she has a special affinity for them. One day, while she is accompanying the herd in the fields away from her village, a great storm blows into the area. The horses stampede and carry the young girl away with them. They become lost, but a beautiful stallion welcomes them to join the herds of wild horses. A year later, the young girl is spotted with the herd and captured after a great struggle with the stallion that had claimed her. She returns to her people but languishes there and is given permission to rejoin the herd of wild horses. She returns to her village once a year, until one year she does not come. Hunters find the herd of wild horses with the stallion and a new, beautiful mare at the lead, giving rise to the legend that she was transformed into a horse to be "happy evermore"

Children will enjoy this story on many levels; it will be especially pertinent when they have studied the culture of the Plains tribes and learned how important horses were to the people. …

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