Stories and legends we share with children are part of the oral traditions that define us and our place in history. This legend speaks to the value of story telling and presents and engaging way to learn history.
Kathleen Arnason of Gimli has taken the Legend of The White Horse, whose statue stands near St. Francois Exavier; Manitoba and expanded it to appeal to young children. She introduces Whistle, an attractive filly who is drawn by a high-pitched sound towards the spirit of the great white stallion.
Judy McInnes’s pictures of the little horse and her forest friends are beautifully done, showing both artistry and imagination.
A series of questions at the end of the book about legends and the animals should make this story useful in the classroom.