Spur Awards Winner, Best Western Storyteller, Western Writers of America, 2015
Silver Award, Multicultural Picture Book, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2014
Gold Award, Children's Picture Books, Mom's Choice Awards, 2014
"With imaginative scenes of bright colors and the streaming limbs of horses and Lakota warriors, Donald Montileaux helps preserve the practice of traditional art and oral storytelling. Both a lesson on the abuse of power and a suspenseful story, Tasunka incorporates American history and native legend to create a beautiful book that serves multiple purposes. The Lakota translation completes the work and contributes to the folklorish essence of the book."—Foreword Reviews
"Montileaux renders the expansive plains in greens, blues, reds and browns, intensifying color to heighten drama, as in a scene of a buffalo hunt. . . . Throughout, the striking, many-hued horses gallop, manes flowing, their powerful haunches tapering into thin, elegantly inked lines.The simply told legend, brilliant illustrations and handsome book design combine for a compelling, important work."—Kirkus Review
Curiosity leads a young warrior to track a new animal. It leads him far from home, but at last he finds a herd of the strange new creatures. They are horses that shimmer with color and run swift as the wind. The Lakota capture and tame them, and the people grow rich and powerful. They become filled with pride. With their newfound strength they rule over the plains. Then the Great Spirit, who gave the gift of the horse, takes it away.
Donald F. Montileaux retells the legend of Tasunka from the traditional stories of the Lakota people. Using the ledger-art style of his forefathers he adds colorful detail. His beautiful images enhance our understanding of the horse and its importance in Lakota culture.
"The care Montileaux took with the story marks the story itself as distinctive. His art adds a beautiful dimension to the words on the page."—American Indians in Children's Literature
"The proof is in the pudding. When it's bedtime, and it's time to choose books to read, my three-year-old daughter has picked this book out from among dozens of other books and asked me to read it to her several times. I feel confident she would give it 5 stars. As for me, I love the Donald Montileaux illustrations."—Amazon reviewer
"The drawings are beautifully rendered and the moral of the story is one that many children -regardless of heritage- need to learn."—Barnes and Noble reviewer