TITLE: EMMA'S BIG STORY
GENRE: Middle grade/tween
It was a Thursday. I remember the day because Mom baked scones every Wednesday to take to the Plinkton Rotary meeting the next morning and I couldn’t study for my test on the Magna Carta because the kitchen table was covered with a mountain of blueberry scones that would have avalanched if I’d tried to move a single one.
Luckily my Magna Carta test angels were watching out for me, because Mr. Samuel ended up being absent and instead of giving us the test the substitute showed us an I’m-not-prepared-to-teach-you-anything DVD.
Documentaries are usually as boring as dust balls and I expected to be yawning and doodling pictures of Hugo Arkley (the cuter of the Arkley Brother’s band brothers) in the margins of WORLD HISTORY TODAY, but from the opening scene I was hooked.
This woman filmmaker rode on horseback up and down scrubby hills and over plains following a herd of wild mustangs across Nevada. There was a white horse in particular she’d kept track of practically since he was born.
It was surprisingly dramatic how those horses got along or didn’t, depending on their personalities. For instance you could tell right off that the young white horse would be a leader, the way he tossed his head and swished his tail, like, “I am amazingly great! I am the king of horses!”
Sure enough, when he got older he ended up bossing a lot of other horses around. But the documentary also showed tender moments between the boss horse and his wife and child horse (called a “mare” and a “foal,” in case you didn’t know).