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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

by Paul Goble Illustrated by Paul Goble

In a nomadic community, horses play an important role in daily life, but one girl shows a stronger affinity for the horses than anyone else in her tribe. She cares for the horses, knows their favorite places to graze, and heals them when they”re hurt. One peaceful day, while she rests among the horses, a sudden thunderstorm disturbs the herd and she is swept away with them to a land far from her family.

A wild stallion, the leader of the wild horses, welcomes the girl and her horses into his herd and together they roam the hills, free and happy. When hunters from her community finally discover the girl after months of searching, they are overjoyed to find her safe and try to bring her home. The stallion fiercely defends the girl as one of his own, but she falls when her horse stumbles and the hunters are able to return her to her relatives. Though she was glad to see her parents and friends, the girl must ultimately make a choice. Will she stay with her people or return to her family of wild horses?

7, 8
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 3
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Classics, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables

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