The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Author/Illustrator: Paul Goble

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication Date: 1978

Genre: Animals, Fables, Folktale, Picture Book

Audience: 3+

Awards: Caldecott Medal, ALA Notable Children’s Book, CBC/ NCSS Notable Children’s Book in Social Studies

Overview:  One day a young native American girl gets lost in the wilderness with a herd of wild horses and loves living with them.  A few years later hunters find her, and she goes home to her parents, and realizes that she misses being with the wild horses, so she goes back to live with them.  In the end she lives forever among the horses, where she belongs. 

Activity: Incorporate this story with a lesson about Native American culture.  Have students write their own Native American legend. 

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen