Thursday, September 15, 2011

Children's Book Review: Race the Wild Wind, A Story of the Sable Island Horses by Sandra Markle

Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover
Size: 10.75 x 9.625 in
Pages: 40 pp
Ages: 4-8
Grades: K-3
ISBN-13: 9780802797667
ISBN-10: 0802797660


A dramatic story of survival for the wild horses of Sable Island

From acclaimed science writer Sandra Markle comes a fascinating survival story about the wild horses of Sable Island. During a shipwreck, a young stallion leads a band of horses to safety on an arc of golden land-Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. In gorgeously illustrated panoramic views, readers will see how the herd quickly adapted to harsh winters before the warmth of spring brought new life and new foals. But when a severe summer storm puts the horses in danger once again, only by racing the wild wind can they survive the trials of nature in their new home.
My Review:

If your child is a horse lover, they will absolutely fall in love with Race the Wild Wind.  Both my daughter and I love horses, and I couldn't believe the beautiful oil painting illustrations included in this book.  It make the story that much more pleasurably to read.  Sandra Markle did a wonderful job in educating us about the Sable Island horses, and showing us what they have to go through living in the wild on Sable Island.  I found myself researching more about these horses after reading the story to my daughter, as I found it very fascinating.  Who knew that Thomas Hancock, a merchant from Boston shipped these domestic horses to Sable Islands in the mid 1700's.  These horses had to learn to live in the wild, and over time acclimated themselves to life in the wild.  Today, there are over 300 hundred horses roaming this island off of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Even if you or your child are not horse lovers, you will love this book both for its illustrations and the educational factor learning about these beautiful creatures.  This book has definitely become a bedtime favorite, and know that it will be read for many years to come.  Maybe one day we will be able to see these horses up close.  But, in the meantime, we can enjoy their beauty through the pages of Sandra's book and the illustrations that adorn its pages.

About the Author:

Sandra Markle is the best-selling and award-winning American author of more than five dozen nonfiction projects for young readers. She is a former elementary school science teacher whose books in her popular Outside and Inside series have earned several starred reviews and many awards. She lives with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery, in New Zealand. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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