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Children's LiteratureCowley's version of Dayton O. Hyde's quest to remove horses from their prison on the plains of the American West and free them to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary of South Dakota is a dream come true for horse lovers everywhere. Cowley and Johnson team up to effectively capture the grave injustice, great struggle and deep emotion involved in this little known story of our American frontier past. Young and old animal lovers alike will grasp the helplessness of the penned horses and rejoice in the fulfillment of the cowboy's dream to liberate them. The extraordinary paintings make the story real as the reader is able to see the beauty of the wild horses, the ugly fear of uncertainty, and the horror of the gaunt, captive horses. This delightful work of art appeals to younger readers through its accessibility and to older readers because of its beauty and powerful message. Cowley's carefully placed words tug at the deep, yet simple themes pervading this amazing story of the struggle to set horses free. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 14.
— Sarah Nelson