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Caldecott Medal winner Paul Goble returns in this breathtaking Native American tale about a boy and an enchanted horse.
When a poor grandmother and her grandson stumble upon a weary horse, the boy sees the animal's potential and takes it in. Because of the horse's poor condition, the boy endures the taunts of others in the tribe; but during a ride down to the river together, the horse suddenly instructs the boy to ride "into the enemy's midst and strike their leader with [a] stick" four times. The boy follows this command successfully, but when he tries for a fifth strike, the horse is killed. Nevertheless, the tribesmen now dub the youngster "Boy Chief" for his formidable courage, and when he expresses his sorrow over his lost friend, a new "herd of spirited horses" for himself and his grandmother magically appear.
Stunningly reminiscent of traditional Native American artwork, Goble's book will have readers transported to another time. The author's storytelling is absorbing, while his pen-and-watercolor illustrations evoke the majesty of Pawnee culture (further described in his introduction). Serene and powerful. Matt Warner