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Friday, December 2, 2016

Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

This is a beautifully written story – in a classic, traditional storytelling style.  The story focuses on a certain black colt and his fellow horses.  They are the main characters in this story, and they are portrayed to have the same thoughts, emotions and senses that we have.  The descriptions of the various settings are vivid and colorful, and they allow the reader to literally feel the ambiance and stand alongside the colt.

The author wrote this while still in grade school and her imagination really shines through.  This is the kind of book that I would highly recommend be included as part of required reading – for both homeschooled and regular-schooled kids.  I would love to have short story writing to be brought back as part of Language Arts.  Meeting of the Mustangs would be a stellar example of one excellently written fictional story.

My primary and middle school kids definitely felt the obvious difference between this book and the current fantasy books that proliferate our local bookstore.  They said this reminds them of the classics they read in the past – Lassie, Moby Dick, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion and even the Little House books.

Since this is more of a “life” story of the colt, there isn’t exactly a traditional plot, nor the usual climax and resolution of an adventure book.  In that regard, this may also not be to everybody’s taste.  

I received a review copy of this book.

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