Read for: Children's Book Challenge
Synopsis: "She is the lead mare of a herd of wild horses that run the range. When people come to capture them, she leads the herd in a run for safety. But trucks and helicopters drive the horses into pens. Imprisoned behind barbed wire, the fire in the mare's heart is reduced to embers. Her spirit is almost broken--until a cowboy comes and promises to set the horses free. Joy Cowley's deeply felt story, with breathtaking illustrations by Layne Johnson, is based on the true story of Dayton O. Hyde, founder of the Institute of Range and the American Mustang, a nonprofit organization that owns the eleven-thousand-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is a special place, where the wild horse is allowed to be wild."
My Review: I managed to pick this one up for Munchkin at a library sale back in Wyoming. The illustrations are beautiful in it and I wanted to remind him of our visit. This was a beautiful way to tell the story of the Mustangs and the constant struggle over ranch land and free space for the mustangs to roam. It sparked a lot of questions for Munchkin and was a great way to start him thinking of things outside of himself and even our own surrounding area.
My Rating: While I appreciate the story and its basis in a true story, bringing to light the struggle of the Mustangs; without a doubt the artwork in this one is what really shines. I could look at these pictures all day long. We give it a rating of Three Paws.
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