THE FIRST HORSEMAN by Pers Crowell

THE FIRST HORSEMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A beautiful book, but somehow uninviting for reading at the age level where it belongs. The format- long and narrow- suggests picture book age; the double column text is not attractive at any age; artistically, the superb drawings, reproduced in strong black line (a relief after the muted grey-black of so much of today's line work), the decorative quality of the spots, and the dramatic values of the full pages, the beautiful paper and wide margins and gold stamped cloth binding, all enhance the eye appeal -- but at an adult level....As for the story, it has convincing scientific values in its picturing of prehistoric man and the first attempt to domesticate the wild horses. It is the story of one youth, Vuldar, who made come true the prophecy that the new leader of the tribe would come riding. Interesting details of hunting prehistoric animals, of life in the tribal society of the era, provide background for what is basically a horse and boy story, at a more intellectual level than usual.

Publisher: Whittlesey