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Free as the Wind: Saving the Horses of Sable Island Paperback – 1 Dec 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Red Deer Press (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889954461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889954465
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 0.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,721,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Yellowknife author Jamie Bastedo has crafted a straightforward story that is sure to inspire today's schoolchildren. Halifax artist Susan Tooke, who won the Mayor's Award for her illustrations in "Full Moon Rising," displays her considerable talent with paintings that capture the mystical spirit of Sable Island and its ponies."
-- "The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)"

"Jamie Bastedo and Susan Tooke, author and illustrator respectively, do a fine job here of recreating characters and landscape, and a moment in Canadian history."
-- "The Globe And Mail"

"Jamie Bastedo bases the text of his first picture book on a deftly woven mix of narrative and dialogue. The text is punctuated by onomatopeic words in italics that create the effect of a soundtrack: "I take pictures. Click" and "Whump-whump-whump. The big fan in the attic keeps me awake." The voice, reactions, and attitudes of Lucas reveal an authentic character, and the portrayal of his nurturing, supportive family likewise rings true.

"Nova Scotia artist Susan Tooke's 16 double-page illustrations are striking. The fresh openness in her sand and seascapes contrasts effectively with the crowded confines of her ship and city illustrations. . .

""Free as the Wind"'s cover will attract horse lovers, though, while its East Coast setting will appeal to Maritimers and its resolution will please everyone who loves a happy ending. As well, parents, teachers, and librarians will appreciate the book for its historical relevance and for the lesson it teaches: that lobbying can result in effective change."
-- "Quill & Quire,"

"Susan Tooke's illustrations are the strength of this book as they add richness and vibrancy tothe story. Using the combination of acrylic paints on watercolour paper, she extends the simple text by using flowing lines and rich colour combinations to evoke the emotions of joy and sadness that the story describes. Some images display the horses' wild and powerful spirit while others vividly capture the life of the Canadian people in the 1960s. Lucas comes alive as Tooke illustrates him with large emotive eyes and strong, realistic actions. Truly, the illustrations give life to this text and help to bring history into the present for the reader."
-- "CM Magazine"


"Yellowknife author Jamie Bastedo has crafted a straightforward story that is sure to inspire today's schoolchildren. Halifax artist Susan Tooke, who won the Mayor's Award for her illustrations in "Full Moon Rising", displays her considerable talent with paintings that capture the mystical spirit of Sable Island and its ponies."
-- "The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)"

"Jamie Bastedo and Susan Tooke, author and illustrator respectively, do a fine job here of recreating characters and landscape, and a moment in Canadian history."
-- "The Globe And Mail"

"Jamie Bastedo bases the text of his first picture book on a deftly woven mix of narrative and dialogue. The text is punctuated by onomatopeic words in italics that create the effect of a soundtrack: "I take pictures. Click" and "Whump-whump-whump. The big fan in the attic keeps me awake." The voice, reactions, and attitudes of Lucas reveal an authentic character, and the portrayal of his nurturing, supportive family likewise rings true.

"Nova Scotia artist Susan Tooke's 16 double-page illustrations are striking. The fresh openness in her sand and seascapes contrasts effectively with the crowded confines of her ship and city illustrations. . .

""Free as the Wind"'s cover will attract horse lovers, though, while its East Coast setting will appeal to Maritimers and its resolution will please everyone who loves a happy ending. As well, parents, teachers, and librarians will appreciate the book for its historical relevance and for the lesson it teaches: that lobbying can result in effective change."
--"Quill & Quire, "

"Susan Tooke's illustrations are the strength of this book as they add richness and vibrancy to the story. Using the combination of acrylic paints on watercolour paper, she extends the simple text by using flowing lines and rich colour combinations to evoke the emotions of joy and sadness that the story describes. Some images display the horses' wild and powerful spirit while others vividly capture the life of the Canadian people in the 1960s. Lucas comes alive as Tooke illustrates him with large emotive eyes and strong, realistic actions. Truly, the illustrations give life to this text and help to bring history into the present for the reader."
-- "CM Magazine"

About the Author

Jamie Bastedo is an activist, scientist, environmentalist and writerwhose work for young people includes Tracking Triple Seven, On Thin Ice, and most recently, Sila's Revenge. Jamie lives in Yellowknife.

Susan Tooke is an illustrator and writer whose work includes B is for Bluenose: A Nova Scotia Alphabet, Up Home: A New Brunswick Alphabet, and Full Moon Rising. She lives in Halifax.


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