Race the Wild Wind: A Story of the Sable Island Horses
Sandra Markle & Poly Layne Johnson
Walker, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ocated off the coast of Nova Scotia, arc shaped Sable Island is the home to about 300 wild horses. This picture book tells the story of how these sturdy animals have weathered storms and other inclement conditions and actually thrived in the rugged environment.
he story begins with the horses swimming ashore after being taken out to the island on a sailing ship. Once on the island, the small herd had to acclimatize itself to the sand, wind and odd sea creatures they shared their new home with.
lthough there was no shelter from foul weather and snow, there was enough to eat and no natural predators to fear. Over the years the horses not only adapted to their new surroundings, they also thrived.
andra Markle's beautiful horse illustrations make this picture book all the more enjoyable. Any child who loves horses will relish this story and re-read it again and again.
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