About the Book
En route to the New World, gold-seeking men throw horses overboard to lighten their stalled ship. Most survive and swim to shore and find themselves free for the very first time in their lives. Now, it’s up to a filly born at sea to take charge of the terrified herd.
- Words of encouragement keep an old mare from giving up in the ocean. Discuss a time you helped a friend or family member by using words of encouragement.
- What does it mean that Perlina was from the last herd and Estrella is from the first herd?
- Why do some of the horses want new names while others do not?
- Estrella has a deep connection to her ancestors. Do you know where your ancestors came from?
- Why do you think some of the horses had a hard time accepting their freedom?
- Why is it odd that Estrella becomes the leader of the herd? What does Hold On believe about Estrella?
- Alfo says, “You will discover, as you meet your true self, that you’re not encountering a stranger. So there’s nothing to learn. When you find your true self there are only things to unlearn.” What does this mean for the horses?
- Some of the horses had trouble “unlearning” things. Do you think it would be hard or easy for you to unlearn things like brushing your teeth before bed or raising your hand to ask a question in class?
- What do you think “leadership is partly knowledge and partly imagination” means? Do you think that is true for Estrella? What about for people?
- How are the new horse names more appropriate than their old ones? If you could choose a name that describes you, what would it be?