Brief Annotation: This is a story about a young Native American girl who loves horses. She understands horses in a very special way. She eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.
Genre: Fiction/Native American Folktale
Grade Level: 2 – 6
Reader who will like this: Readers who enjoy cultural stories would love this book! Any reader could connect through the imagery and rich language.
Rating/Response: 5 – This story is beautifully written and illustrated and portrays the Native American culture in a genuine way. That being said, this book might be difficult for younger students as an independent read, and would be better suited as a read aloud. I would definitely use this as an introduction to a lesson/unit revolving around the Native American culture.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever felt like you connect to something in a special way? Explain.
Reading Strategy: Synthesizing
Rationale for Strategy: Students can take the information presented in the story and connect that to information regarding the Native American culture as a whole. They can also synthesize the sequence of events to find deeper themes.
Posted by: Emma Henke