What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know about Horses?

by Richard Van Camp and George Littlechild

The thoughtful, engaging narrator of this richly poetic picture book is a young Dogrib... read more

The thoughtful, engaging narrator of this richly poetic picture book is a young Dogrib Indian boy living in the Northwest Territories of Canada who is intrigued by horses. The boy wonders if horses have secrets, if they think that fireworks "are strange flowers blooming in the sky." And so on a frigidly cold day he asks members of his family and community, "What's the most beautiful thing you know about horses?" and their responses are both delightful and profound. Plains Cree artist George Littlechild lends his distinctive style to the artwork that accompany's Richard Van Camp's wonderful, deeply felt story. His boldly colored images are full of both whimsy and beauty, and imbued with a mystical quality as the spirits of horses seem to dance on many pages. "What's the most beautiful thing you know about horses?" the boy asks readers at the conclusion of this uplifting story. "And what's the most beautiful thing you know about you?" (Ages 5- 10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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