I Ride To Only Be Free
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Shunitra L. Ingram
For some when getting sick, the traditional approach, when seeking treatment, is always better such as going to the doctor or locating their local pharmacy. Paul Goble’s “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” however illustrates a Native American girl that absolutely loved wild horses to the point that they (the horses) cured an illness she had that not only restored her health but her mind, body and soul as well. In my paper I will look at how important the images illustrate and promote tenderness, acceptance, courage and compassion as well as how they tell the climatic story of the girl and the horses. I will also look at why I believe Goble won the Caldecott Medal of Honor award and what images I feel did the best at telling the story and capturing the moment within the story.
What is so special about horses? Even a wild horse in particular? Can a person, a girl or even a child have a true, serious or personal relationship with a horse? One that is seen as enough to help her get over her illness?
A young, Native American girl has a very special kinship with wild horses. This special type of bond is a bond deeper than no other. This special bond with the wild horses takes her through a journey and at the end of it, little does she know, she becomes one of them. While looking after the village horses, a thunderstorm takes her away to an unknown place that is ruled by a mighty spotted stallion that she later develops a friendship with over the time span of about a year. The young girl, who was lost, is then found by her tribal family, only then later to become sick. After a while she returns to the wild horses and regains her health and is delighted to live and be as one with the wild horses. Paul Goble “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” illustrates how important it is for one to find them in order to live a fulfilling life.