Black Cowboy Wild Horses, A True Story
Julius Lester & Jerry Pinkney
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998
Based on a true story of an ex-slave, Julius Lester tells a story of a cowboy who, without a word or a rope, befriends a small herd of wild horses. In silence he watches the horses, moving when they move, responding how they respond, until an opportunity comes. Using his own horse, he challenges the lead stallion and takes over leadership of the herd. Pacing with the herd, he eventually leads them to a corral, and they follow. Fascinating.
A story of patience. A story of nature. Beautifully illustrated with wild horses that tell their own story. The story will long be remembered.