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Title:
Wild horses I have known
Author:
Ryden, Hope.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
90 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Text and photographs depict mustang social behavior observed by the author, as well as an account of how the mustang established itself and adapted to being a wild horse in the American West.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1060 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.0 2.0 29529.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.3 4 Quiz: 19218 Guided reading level: S.
ISBN:
9780395775202
Format :
Book

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Naturalist Hope Ryden's stunning photographs accompany clear, conversational essays telling of her observations and experiences as she tracked the mustangs of the West. Wild horses evolved and roamed in North America until becoming extinct ten thousand years ago. Not until the early sixteenth century, when the conquistadors brought tough mounts to carry them as they explore what is now Mexico and the Southwest, did the horse reappear on American soil. Hope Ryden describes how the Plains Indians adopted the horse, which transformed their culture. But many of their horses escaped into the wild and reverted to primitive behaviors-such as forming tight-knit social groups with complicated social hierarchies-that enabled them to thrive and survive. Horse lovers and history buffs, as well as all who relish a good true-life adventure, will be fascinated and moved by this compelling portrait of a national treasure. Bibliography.


Author Notes

Hope Elaine Ryden was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 1, 1929. In 1951, she received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa. Afterward, she was a fashion model and a flight attendant. In 1958, she was a crew member aboard Pan Am's inaugural trans-Atlantic jet passenger flight. She developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad.

In 1961, she joined Robert Drew & Associates, a noted documentary production company. She later worked for ABC News. She was a writer, director, and producer of documentary films. Her books on wildlife included America's Last Wild Horses, God's Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote, Bobcat Year, Wild Animals of America ABC, and Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers. She also wrote for National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and The New York Times Magazine. Her documentaries featured the actress Jane Fonda at 25 as she prepared for her starring role in The Fun Couple on Broadway, two Peace Corps nurses in Malaya, and a Boston man who saved some 9,000 animals in Suriname from starvation or drowning. She died from complications of hip surgery on June 18, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Ryden's newest nature book is a delight--not just for horse fanciers, but for anyone interested in animal behavior. Years spent studying the wild mustangs of the Pryor Mountains have given her insight into how the animals interact, and her ability to get close to the horses provided opportunities for shooting dozens of spectacular color photographs. Writing in a conversational (though never flippant) tone, she conveys the fascination of being able to closely observe individual animals, such as Old Nellie, the cagey head female of one stallion's "harem." She also gives readers plenty of action--close encounters with skittish horses and stallions battling for dominance. Her final chapter covers the sad history of the over-hunted creatures. The pictures, which are separated from the main text, are a nice large size, and smaller captioned photos at the back show different types of coat and mane coloration. Sources appended. --Susan Dove Lempke


Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Based on three decades of observation, Ryden shares her thoughts about the origins, nature, and habits of wild mustangs. The grace and spirit of these free-roaming creatures are beautifully captured in her striking photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-This fascinating photo-essay is a study of the wild mustangs of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range located along the Wyoming-Montana border. Ryden has spent years observing these horses, and this book is a tribute to their spirit and beauty. As the author lovingly describes the actions and behaviors of individual animals, she affords readers a real voyage into their everyday lives. She discusses where wild horses came from, what happened to them during westward expansion in this century and the last, grazing rights, and land-use issues. Explanations of the animals' complex social structures and survival methods are greatly enhanced by the stunning, full-color photography. Single- and sometimes double-page photos appear in sections after each chapter; they range from close-up shots of a mother and foal to broader perspectives with breathtaking background vistas. The last chapter describes the colors and markings found in wild horses, complete with photographs. Libraries that own Alvin Silverstein's The Mustang (Millbrook, 1997) will still want to purchase this one for its far superior pictures and riveting text.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.