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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses | A Plains Native American Folktale

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Paul Goble’s The Girl Who Loved Horses is a beautifully illustrated, Plains Native American folktale. Goble’s work is highly acclaimed for its “stylized figures in glorious traditional Plains Indian garb”* and this book meets that description to a tee.

His illustrations are full of grassland plants and animals in accurate representation of the region and are simply phenomenal. You can smell the grass blowing in the breeze and the dust kicked up by the galloping horses in his work and you can feel the close connection to nature the Plains Indians had.

In this tale, the illustrations and text are one in the same. It begins with a girl in the village who loved horses... She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way. 

And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations, Paul Goble tells how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.

*Palmer, Nancy (May 1990). ""Dream Wolf" review". School Library Journal: 96.


  • Audies Award Nominee
  • Caldecott Medal for Illustration
  • Scholastic’s 200 for 2000 list of the best 200 children’s books of the millennium 


  • Written and illustrated by Paul Goble.
  • Published by Aladdin, March 31, 1993.
  • Ages 5 to 8 years.
  • 0.14" H x 10.01" L x 7.91" W (0.27 lbs) 32 pages
  • Softcover