Mystic Horse

Mystic Horse

by Paul Goble

Hardcover(1ST)

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Overview

From the first brilliant rush of horses to the triumphant sight of beautiful bays, chestnuts, shiny blacks, whites, grays, and paints galloping across the pages, Paul Goble's very special book will delight all who love horses and all who love stories that tell of the spiritual connection between people and animals.

His magnificent, detailed paintings evoke an almost forgotten world as he recounts a stirring legend based on the oral tradition of the Pawnee. Focusing on a poor boy and his grandmother, adventure begins when the boy discovers an old, limping horse. Though ridiculed by his tribe, the boy cares for the horse and brings it back to health. In turn, the animal helps his friend achieve greatness, only to be betrayed. The boy's remorse is sincere, but will he be forgiven?

Captivating readers, Caldecott medalist Paul Goble shows how a loving friendship changes the lives of a people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060298135
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 463,149
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Paul Goble grew up in England, where he developed a deep interest in the culture of the Plains Indians. In 1977, he came to live and study in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Greatly influenced by his adoptive father, Chief Edgar Red Cloud, and other Native American people, Paul Goble has created an outstanding body of work that celebrates Plains Indian culture. His distinguished books include the Caldecott Medal-winning The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, Her Seven Brothers, Adopted by the Eagles, and Storm Maker's Tipi.

Paul Goble says, "Throughout my books I have tried to reflect the special Indian feeling of mystical relationship with nature." The New York Times describes Paul Goble's work as "a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry," declaring, "it succeeds beautifully." His artwork resides in a number of collections and institutions, including the Library of Congress and the South Dakota Art Museum.

Paul Goble lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with his wife, Janet. He was recently named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by South Dakota State University inBrookings.


Paul Goble grew up in England, where he developed a deep interest in the culture of the Plains Indians. In 1977, he came to live and study in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Greatly influenced by his adoptive father, Chief Edgar Red Cloud, and other Native American people, Paul Goble has created an outstanding body of work that celebrates Plains Indian culture. His distinguished books include the Caldecott Medal-winning The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, Her Seven Brothers, Adopted by the Eagles, and Storm Maker's Tipi.

Paul Goble says, "Throughout my books I have tried to reflect the special Indian feeling of mystical relationship with nature." The New York Times describes Paul Goble's work as "a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry," declaring, "it succeeds beautifully." His artwork resides in a number of collections and institutions, including the Library of Congress and the South Dakota Art Museum.

Paul Goble lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with his wife, Janet. He was recently named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by South Dakota State University inBrookings.

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Mystic Horse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kjarthur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vivid, fluid and capturing illustrations that draw you in and have you linger on the story. The illustrations capture the beauty of the time period, animals and landscapes. A redemptive story to share with many. Get more than one book, so that one may be on display.
bluemopitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this folktale and Goble's version of it, but for me it lacks a bit of explanation that would really flesh out the story. Why does the creator forgive the boy for disobeying the horse, causing his death? Is it just because he is truly sorry and seems to genuinely mourn the horse? Why does he reward the boy with good fortune and many horses? The illustrations in this book are beautiful. It is a bit different from the other Goble books I have read, since the look of the Pawnee clothing, hairstyles, and symbols are quite different from those of the Sioux Indians who feature in many of Goble's illustrations. This book could be used in a curriculum about folktales and Native American culture.