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The Escape (Horses of the Dawn Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

My daughter and I love Kathryn Lasky and have full sets of her o

My daughter and I love Kathryn Lasky and have full sets of her other stories. HORSES OF THE DAWN will no doubt join the ranks of popular Lasky books, although I think it will be more appealing to the upper middle grade audience due to the graphic nature of the storyline...
My daughter and I love Kathryn Lasky and have full sets of her other stories. HORSES OF THE DAWN will no doubt join the ranks of popular Lasky books, although I think it will be more appealing to the upper middle grade audience due to the graphic nature of the storyline. That said, it is a powerful and engrossing story. The animals become real and precious to us--as always--which leads to a personal investment in the satisfying outcome. My daughter loved this book and we are both looking forward to book 2.

posted by ShannonODonnell on February 6, 2014

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I was disappointed. I convinced my son to choose this over a fi

I was disappointed. I convinced my son to choose this over a fighting book and instead got a story wherein all humans are bad - even those who cared for the horses but had no power to help them. Repeatedly all humans were labelled as greedy. Then is described the ho...
I was disappointed. I convinced my son to choose this over a fighting book and instead got a story wherein all humans are bad - even those who cared for the horses but had no power to help them. Repeatedly all humans were labelled as greedy. Then is described the horses arriving to see a human heart in a stone bowl and the body parts and bodies of multiple people spread around amidst the bloody ground. Only the horses save an infant from sacrifice and shortly thereafter a horse's head is cut off and paraded around. All "gods" are spurned and scorned as if belief in them is stupid. This is not subject matter I think is appropriate for the recommended middle school age child, but I don't know that the writing is up to the junior high level. Sorry, I was really sad that such a seemingly appealing story would put such horrid images and thoughts in my child's mind at this young age.

posted by momof3boys12 on February 27, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    It was a very good book, but it was a little confusing for me si

    It was a very good book, but it was a little confusing for me since I don't know very much about horses. It is definitely a middle school or above book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    My daughter and I love Kathryn Lasky and have full sets of her o

    My daughter and I love Kathryn Lasky and have full sets of her other stories. HORSES OF THE DAWN will no doubt join the ranks of popular Lasky books, although I think it will be more appealing to the upper middle grade audience due to the graphic nature of the storyline. That said, it is a powerful and engrossing story. The animals become real and precious to us--as always--which leads to a personal investment in the satisfying outcome. My daughter loved this book and we are both looking forward to book 2.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Do you ever wonder what horses are thinking, or what all the nei

    Do you ever wonder what horses are thinking, or what all the neighs and whinnies mean to them?  Well, here is your answer – read Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky, this book will answer all your questions, it will also make you feel happy, sad, and most of all it can help you understand what it is like to be a horse.
    This book is about a filly (baby female horse) named Estrella and her journey from a sling on a ship to the open frontier and everywhere in-between. The setting is the south-west United States and Mexico, there is also a map at the beginning and end of the book for further assistance in geography.  The herd’s problems are just about everything: coyotes, mountain cats, men, dehydration, and of course, well, you’ll find out.  They meet new horses, make some friends and try to survive.  
    I absolutely loved this book; every chapter kept you on your toes and made you keep on reading and reading.  I especially loved it when Estrella described what it was like to run for the first time and how you could picture every little thing that was happening, even when it almost makes you cry.  Horses of the Dawn made me feel like I was right there in it all and experiencing all the action. 
    I enjoyed this book and I think all of you will too.  I would recommend it to anyone from age 8 to 95; it is really for every one of every gender, age, and author preference.  I think you will find this book interesting if you like entertaining fiction. 

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