The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar

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"In the summer of 1903, I picked daisies in the fields by the sea and saw the wild horses for the first time. There were ten of them-brown and sorrel and dappled gray. They flew across the sand like wind-blown seeds." A warm, touching story of a young girl and her dreams, illustrated beautifully by Ted Rand.

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"I grew up on a dairy farm in a region known as Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, along with one sister and three brothers in an area our Scottish ancestors settled almost two hundred years ago.

"Since graduating from Johnson State College Vermont with majors in both art and athletic training, I have worked as a coach, trainer, energy auditor for the Extension Service, and most recently as Elderhostel Director and cross-country ski instructor at the Craftsbury Sports Center before turning to writing full-time.

"I have many passions. I am an athlete, naturalist, artist, and a writer, and all of the things I do are rooted in the Northeast Kingdom. I run five to ten miles each morning, cross-country ski, mountain bike, swim, and play tennis. I also played field hockey all across the country for many years. I love the outdoors, and study and sketch birds and wildflowers which are most often the subjects of my watercolor paintings. For the past seven years, my husband, Tom, and I have been building a timber-frame house. We both enjoy working with wood, and Tom shares my love of the land, sports and animals: we have a Morgan horse, five dogs, and eight cats. We love gardening and have planted an orchard of old apple varieties. And I love histories and walking old cemeteries.

"My first children's book, The Canada Geese Quilt, grew out of my love and admiration for my grandmother, Helen Urie Rowell, and a special quilt the two of us made together. My grandmother began quilting when she was in her sixties, and over the next fifteen years she made over 230 quilts. I designed about twenty of them. Most of them are of birds, wildflowers and starry skies, but one is of Canada geese -- and that inspired the book.

"My husband and I live in Albany, Vermont, where I am always at work on new books."

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Based on a true story, this is a girl's touching recollection of the unusually severe winter of 1903, which she spent on a small island near Nantucket. Although her father, who worked for the Coast Guard, visited regularly, the girl and her mother were the island's only human inhabitants. But they shared this isolated piece of land with 10 wild horses, who "flew across the sand like windblown seeds and their dark hooves splashed stars from the sea." When the snow covered up the horses' grazing ground, the hungry animals appeared at the girl's house, where they were given bread, carrots and even straw from the youngster's own bed. The girl and her family ultimately moved on to live elsewhere, but she never forgot this very special place and its wild horses--her friends. Rand ( Knots on a Counting Rope ; The Sun, the Wind & the Rain ) excels at this type of sweeping, naturalistic art, and his pictures here successfully convey the story's drama and the dignity of these magnificent steeds. Kinsey-Warnock's appealing, poetic text is a stirring account of the struggle between people and the forces of nature. Ages 4-8.
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