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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

We’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name. Now I don’t usually feel a need to warn you guys ahead of time, but here’s the low-down on this week’s book. Long story short, we don’t much care for it. A little disheartening too that Paul Goble won a Caldecott for this title 43 years before the first picture book Award (not Honor) went to an Indigenous illustrator (2021’s We Are Water Protectors). Kate and I discuss its many of the problematic elements. At length. With relish.

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Show Notes:

My book giveaway is still happening this week. If you’d like to enter to win a bound copy just head over here.

A couple links for you on the book coming via American Indians in Children’s Literature:

Kate says that all the animals in this book look 100% legit out of their gourds. Hard to argue against that one.

Here’s the horrible 2008 YouTube video we’re referencing re: Charlie the unicorn. Don’t watch this one with the kiddos.

*sigh* We’re such children. We shouldn’t even be thinking about this but once you see the mammary implications of the horse’s design, it can be difficult to unsee it.

Little details like these tipis would be much cooler if there were any kind of hint of authenticity whatsoever. Nothing in the back of the book, though.

Marrying your horse isn’t weird right? Right?

And in case you’re curious about that old Corduroy P.R. info, voila!

Kate Recommends: Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Betsy Recommends: The Sound of Metal

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.