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Horses of the Dawn 1 The Escape

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Horses of the Dawn 1 The EscapeÊis a historical fiction for middle grade readers about the introduction of horses to the New World by Spanish conquistadors. It is told from the perspective of the filly born in transport whose mother is loaded on to the ship with several other horses. The Spanish conquistadors dump the older and weaker horses into the ocean when they need to lighten the load. The dam,...

Horses of the Dawn 1 The EscapeÊis a historical fiction for middle grade readers about the introduction of horses to the New World by Spanish conquistadors. It is told from the perspective of the filly born in transport whose mother is loaded on to the ship with several other horses. The Spanish conquistadors dump the older and weaker horses into the ocean when they need to lighten the load. The dam, Perlina is killed by a shark attack and the filly, Estrella makes it to shore with the others. This is a fast-paced tale with historical truths woven in about the wild mustangs coming to North America. It is the first in a series by Kathryn Lasky. She is the best selling author of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, The Rise of A Legend and The Wolves of the Beyond. Published by Scholastic Press for Grades 3-7, this is a book that will appeal to many boys that like horses and some violence and gore. It is said to be a bit frightening for sensitive young people although the scenes are meant to tell the dangerous encounters that the horses in the New World faced in the 1500’s. Estrella has to take control of the herd in the new land and they have to navigate through jungles to search for the grasslands they will call home.
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