Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Hi Friends!

OK, this is going to be short. My sister is visiting from out-of-state and I am talking about my publishing journey tonight at First Friday for Bethesda Writers Center at Leesburg. Yes, I’m nervous. In addition to her visit, I am giving her a family reunion Saturday and on Sunday we go to a high school reunion.  So I will tell you right now; I most likely won’t have time to visit your PPBF sites. Unless of course I do. 🙂

If you have time, check out my page on “About Annie’s Special Day” up on the top bar. Have a great weekend everyone!

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses book cover

Title: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Author/Illustrator: Paul Goble

Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, fiction

Appropriate for: All ages

Resources: Here is a before and after reading discussion guide. :

Here is guide for third graders on basically everything social studies. Videos, horses, nature, Indians and more than ten lesson plans.

Here is a very comprehensive lesson plan with writing exercises and an estimated time of 45 minutes.

Here is uTube video but I think it was read a little too fast.

What the jacket says: In simple words and brilliant paintings that sweep and stampede across his pages, Paul Goble tells of a Native American girls’ love of horses.

Her people saw that she understood the herd in a special way. The horses would follow her to drink at the river. And in the hot sun she would sleep contentedly beside them as they grazed among flowers near her village.

One day a thunderstorm drove the girl and the horses far from home, and the people were frightened. The girl was lost beneath strange, moonlit cliffs; yet, next morning she was glad, for a beautiful stallion who was the leader of the wild horses welcomed her to live with them.

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, 1979

An ALA Notable Children’s Book

A NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

One of the Children’s books of the year: chosen by the Library of Congress.

Why I loved it:  I read this children’s book for relaxation and then realized it may make a good pick for PPBF. The illustrations are truly magnificent but the idea of a girl staying with a band of wild horses for over a year boggles the mind. It is definitely a fantasy and one needs to transcend disbelief. For what would she eat? And how would she live during winter? A small child may not ask those questions but then again they might. And the one answer I would have is that Indians know more than we do. Their survival skills are numerous and if they persist one could go on to read other books that would answer these questions. At any rate the book is gorgeous and the story beautiful. I loved pouring over the illustrations and reading the simple text. It reminded me of adult books I have read like The Clan of the Cave Bear, a historical novel by Jean M. Auel about prehistoric times and her other books in the series. Only this was

Providence Atheneum

Providence Atheneum (Photo credit: rockcreek)

a picture book for kids.And Wow, what a book!

I think you will really like this one. 🙂

Please join Susanna at her blog and visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna’s blog  for lists, one on themes and one that’s alphabetized for easy selection of that perfect book for your child or for your pleasure. All of them have teacher guides and resource guides for easy discussion or class plans.

About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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25 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

  1. Ohhh, I love anything about horses. I grew up with horses over the back fence and always dreamed of owning one. I would love to be in this girls shoes and be with the horses. This was an interesting review and I would love to find the book if only to look at the illustrations. Thanks for sharing Clar!


  2. Joanna says:

    Wow, a 79 Caldecott medal winner. I would love to delve into this one and to read it to kids to see their responses!


  3. I remember this book from years ago. It’s an interesting look into the Native American culture. I hope your talk will go well…enjoy your busy weekend, Clar!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Jarm. My weekend is half over now and yes, I am enjoying it.

      This book may have misrepresented some of Indian lore with not seeing their daughter for a year and the daughter living among the horses for a whole year. Not sure about that. 🙂


  4. This book sounds wonderful! thanks for adding it to our PPB list, Clar.


  5. Carrie Finison says:

    I’ve always loved horses and this book was a Christmas gift to me when I was 10 or 11. I loved it! I’m sure I still have it around somewhere… Enjoy your weekend!


  6. My Clar, you’re one busy woman.
    I love horses. The book looks like a great read.
    Enjoy your family and don’t be nervous. You’ll do great! 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving


  7. Whew, Clar, your weekend is making me tired already. But I am so excited for you and your talk. Very cool!


  8. Well, as a dyed-in-the-wool horse lover, you had me with the title, Clar! 🙂 This book sounds wonderful, on many levels, and I will certainly have to hunt it down and read it. I’m very glad to be adding it to our list! Good luck with your talk – which is probably over by now I’m so behind this week! – I hope it was a smashing success! 🙂


  9. This sounds like such an interesting book. Thanks for an awesome review!


  10. Funny, I’ve not run across this book. I love anything Native American and about horses, especially wild. Great choice. Hope your weekend went well.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia. I love all the Indian lore, too and Paul Goble is so goood for that. My sister’s favorite is Buffalo Woman. I’m going to look for that next. 🙂


  11. Judith says:

    Clara, good luck with your talk…I am sure you will do a great job. Have fun.


  12. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    I hope your talk and family and school reunion weekend was a success!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, we’re having a great time. Just came back form touring the National Cathedral. We didn’t go to the reunion bc at the last minute realized it wasn’t specifically for our years and only five other people we didn’t know were going.

      I’ll claim the weekend a big success. The family reunion worked out great! 🙂 Thanks so much!


  13. I have a copy of this book on my shelves, Clar…it is a beautiful story, portraying a strong girl who dares to dream. Great review….and lovely page for “Annie’s Special Day”! And I LOVE “Clan of the Cave Bears”…I was so disappointed with Jean Auel’s latest in the series…I actually couldn’t get through it and even tried going to the last 50 pages so I could find out what happens…but I wasn’t even able to finish that. Have you read that one…if so, what did you think?


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