Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet

Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet

by Jessie Haas, Margot Apple
     
 

Horses, horses, horses! Enough horses for horse lovers young enough to need an alphabet book or old enough to read Xenophon. Here are horses from A (Appaloosas and Arabians) right through each of the twenty-six letters. The narrator dreams of having a horse farm with all these horses on it The young reader doesn't have to dreamhere it is, a present from Jessie Haas

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Horses, horses, horses! Enough horses for horse lovers young enough to need an alphabet book or old enough to read Xenophon. Here are horses from A (Appaloosas and Arabians) right through each of the twenty-six letters. The narrator dreams of having a horse farm with all these horses on it The young reader doesn't have to dreamhere it is, a present from Jessie Haas and Margot Apple. Pull up a saddle and join in this incredible equine experience. Horses, horses, horses!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A little girl wants to own a horse farm someday, even though right now she must settle for some figurines, a pony on a stick, and a vivid imagination. She conjures up images of all manner of steeds, starting with spotted Appaloosas and ending with Zebras. "A big blond Belgian will be my buddy. I'll brush him and bridle him and ride him bareback." The horses are beautifully illustrated in colored pencil, and the shading adds a feeling of warm realism as the child explains the differences in a variety of breeds. There is a lot of wordplay in the descriptions: "My Lipizzans will perform lively leaps, the lightest of lengthenings, lovely levades." A fun and informative addition for horse lovers everywhere.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young rider imagines the horses she'll have when she grows up in this charming equestrian alphabet. To introduce each letter, Haas and Apple (Runaway Radish, not reviewed) highlight different horse breeds and horse-related words. The opening spread, for example, shows "Spotted Appaloosas"-with the "A" highlighted in bold-next to "Arabian steeds." Later, the girl dreams that "[Her] Lippizans will perform lively leaps, the lightest of lengthenings, lovely levades." For the letter "X," Haas recalls the Greek general Xenophon, "who wrote the first text about horses." Says the narrator, "I'll examine it often for expert advice." Rendered in colored pencils, and defined by soft yet studied strokes, Apple's illustrations portray the animals' strength and beauty. With centerpiece sketches often flanked by smaller drawings, there is much to admire: a double-page spread for "Q" and "R" shows the narrator touching a blue ribbon to the neck of her "Quarter horse"; seven smaller drawings show them "barrel racing," "reining" and "calf roping" in a rodeo. Haas's "More About Horses" section provides detail, highlighting in bold print the breeds and terminology mentioned in the story. While sure to entice horse lovers, Haas and Apple's offering will also appeal to youngsters as they explore unfamiliar territory in a well-worn format. A fitting addition to the creator's equine oeuvre; a fine supplement to the ABC canon. (Picture book. 5-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688178819
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/22/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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