Saturday, March 17, 2012

Horse Diaries: Black Cloud by Patricia Hermes

Black Cloud is a mustang foal when you meet him. You follow his early life and wonder about his future...

Random House Kids sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published and is available at your local bookstore now.

The illustrations are done by Astrid Scheckels.  You can watch the foal grow in the pictures and Ms. Scheckels drawings accurately depict the mustang herd's simple lives.

This author understands horses, horse culture and their internal competitions.  It's a pleasure to read this tale until you get to the point where humans enter the story.  This is a truthful tale with men doing what they usually do; taking the best for themselves and killing off anything in their way. Black Cloud is "saved" but he's not sure he wanted to be.  

The ending in this book left me with my mouth open going:  "But what happened next???"

This would be an excellent book to use for a writing exercise in class.  See how the children would answer my question.  I bet you won't get two alike.

If your child loves horses, they will want to read this book.  Laws have been changed to protect the mustangs now but this story is historically correct.  We all need to learn from mistakes in the past.

Happy reading.

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