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Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    I have always loved reading about our Native Americans. The HOR

    I have always loved reading about our Native Americans. The HORSE RAID is about the Plains Indians and how a boy became a warrior.

    This is really like two books in one. The forward tells the historical information and then the fictional story follows. Understanding the historical part makes the story all that much better.

    The story features a 14-year-old boy who wants to be grown up. His father wants him to wait to join a horse raiding party but his grandfather helps him to ride out after the party left. The boys think they are following the party without its knowledge but his father allows him four days before he approaches him and tells him they knew they were there.

    So they are allowed to join the party and the rest of the story is about what happens during the raid and when they return home. The books also describes how in tune to nature the Indians were and how they earned their place in the society. The illustrations that go along with the story add so much to the written words.

    Whether you are a teacher or mother, you will find this book to be something to add to your library.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    Some picture books are just so beautiful they┬┐re hard to put dow

    Some picture books are just so beautiful they’re hard to put down. Paul Goble’s Horse Raid falls into this category. The story, though told to young readers, is by no means simple. It’s a well-researched depiction of life in the Plains, when buffalo still ran wild, and horses were the measure of a man. The youthful protagonist wants to prove himself a man, and his grandfather helps him sneak out after his father’s raiding party. But father knows more than he lets on, and older readers will quickly see how plans have come together to give this boy his chance at adulthood.

    Responsibility, respect, and recognition of cultural mores underpin this tale. Neither war nor theft are glorified, but a world is brought to life, and the reader, young or old, is given a chance to share something of that world’s experience. Beautiful pictures adorn the pages, darkness bringing the secrecy of night, horses flying like the wind, riders wearing their eagle feathers, inviting questions to work out what they mean. Fighting, feeling, mourning and rejoicing, all are gorgeously depicted on pages filled with intricate details, complex pattern, and deceptive simplicity.

    Horse Raid is quite simply a gorgeous book—a well told tale, beautifully illustrated, honest, evocative, captivating, and true.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and I offer my honest review.

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