Back of Book:
The foal is born on a spring morning of sunshine and snow melt. If she had words, she would say willow, crocus, puddle and sky . . .
Red Badger is a newborn foal learning to stand when she slips and gets stuck in a muddy badger hole. It is a young boy who frees her, and his kindness and gentleness mark the beginning of their friendship — though she will always be wary of the ground that briefly trapped her. As the seasons pass on the ranch, Red Badger learns more about her world: Fall is leaf rustle and fence posts. Winter is white hills and long nights. The boy is hay, a gentle touch, playing in the snow and the sweet smell of peppermints. If a horse had words, the word would be . . . friend.
This is a beautifully written and heartwarming story told from the horse’s point of view that follows her relationship with a boy from the day she is born, to when she is sent to auction, to the day she and the boy are reunited at a rodeo where she has become a bronc and he a cowboy.
My niece is obsessed with horses. Anytime she can pick a book about anything horse related she does. I am looking forward to sharing this charming story with her. I absolutely love that this story is written from the horses view point. It draws readers into the friendship that the boy and horse have. I also love all the figurative language that is sprinkled within the pages. It allows readers to feel like they are apart of the rodeo. The illustrations are breathtaking and show readers vibrant colors. A must read for all horse lovers.
Ages 5 and up