Title: Meeting of the Mustangs
Author: Cathy Kennedy
Series: – –
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age Range: 10+
A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and discover how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.
Source: Review copy from the author
If there’s a horse mad young reader in your life, then this book is ideal for them. I have always loved reading animal stories, and horses have been a big draw all my life – Black Beauty and War Horse will always be favourites – and I have little doubt that I would have enjoyed this as a child.
However, I have to admit, as an adult I find this book a little too much tell and not enough show. There is a good story here, but the story telling is rather detached. We follow the black colt’s adventures from a distance, being told what happens to him (and other members of his band), when some of the adventures he has would have been thrilling if actually seen through his eyes.
I also found his ability to recover from his various scrapes absolutely remarkable. He comes out from the most awful things with nary a scratch, let alone any scars to mar his perfect black coat.
He instinctively understands human language too when he happens upon them, and yet there’s no sense of communication between the horses. Not even body language like flickering ears, familiar greetings or any of the many little ways horses can convey their mood.
Having said all that, this is still an enjoyable read. The black mustang has quite a story to tell, covering plenty of ground and adventures. The various humans that come into his life can get a bit confusing at times, along with his changing name, and although I understood where the ending was heading, I do think it could have been made a touch clearer or at least run on a little longer to give a more definitive end. However, even though his recovery skills are incredible, I did appreciate that the mustang’s wild life wasn’t utterly perfect and bucolic without dangers or loss.
Overall, this isn’t perfect, but it tells a good tale that has plenty going on. If you love horses, then I’m pretty sure you’ll find something to like in this tale.
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