Wild Horse Island


by Elisa Bialk

Published: 1951

So this is another booksale book, and one that I picked up because I love this illustrator, Paul Brown.  His line drawings are beautiful.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much story to go along with them.  Throughout this book, Jim is excited when his family moves west because he loves horses and dreams of capturing a wild one of his own.

It’s a fine book, with Jim learning to settle into his new home and making new friends, but the over-arching plot of the Quest for the Wild Horse is choppy and hard to follow.  The author tries to give us some lessons about growing up and becoming your own person, but it just doesn’t come through.

The book itself is a 2/5, but I’m afraid that I’m keeping it because I still like to look at Brown’s illustrations!