Face to Face With Wild Horses

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You approach with caution, drawn to their equine beauty. The sleek stallion, the magnificent mare, and the gentle foal look like any happy family. But don’t get too close. These are wild horses, untamed by humans. Now photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott take you inside the world of the wild horse. This husband-and-wife team of committed experts makes a case for the conservation of one of America’s favorite wild species.

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You approach with caution, drawn to their equine beauty. The sleek stallion, the magnificent mare, and the gentle foal look like any happy family. But don’t get too close. These are wild horses, untamed by humans. Now photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott take you inside the world of the wild horse. This husband-and-wife team of committed experts makes a case for the conservation of one of America’s favorite wild species.

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This nonfiction text which is part of the "Face to Face with Animals" series, combines exceptional photographs with a fascinating story and factual information about wild horses. The authors are photographers who tell the story of their unique experiences while photographing and studying these horses. The author tells of one of her first encounters in Wyoming while attempting to photograph a small band of horses. After a frightening experience, she learns that she has to wait for the horses to approach her instead of coming to them. Facts are interspersed throughout the text in sidebars. A map shows when and where the wild horses began to live in North America and where they now can be found throughout the world. Descriptions of their physical characteristics and abilities are given, and a wonderful chapter tells about a newborn and how he spends his first days and early years. We find out how and why the horse populations have to be controlled. Reference sections include additional facts, a scientific experiment, a glossary, and a section that tells how you can learn more about these animals. Children of all ages should be enthralled with the amazing photographs and engaging story. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Two handsome series entries by two husband-and-wife teams of researchers/photographers. Both books are lavishly illustrated with outstanding color photos. Orangutans pulls readers headlong into the disappearing jungles of Borneo as the authors track these large but elusive primates, offering excellent data along the way. Wild Horses enters the world of the mustang of the American West and engages readers not only in the story of a young foal, but also in equine global distribution and the role of the Bureau of Land Management in mustang survival. Each book offers sections on "How You Can Help," "It's Your Turn," "Facts at a Glance," and a fascinating column of "Research and Photographic Notes." Intensely personal and informative, with eye-arresting covers, these attractive titles invite readers to walk companionably with specialists hard at work in the wild.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304668
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Face to Face with Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 953,354
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

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    Wild Horses won't be able to drag you away

    Do you know the difference between a "feral" horse and a truly "wild" horse? Horses that used to live with people but have escaped or were let loose by their owners are called feral. But wild horses have never been tamed or kept in captivity. Authors and photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott take the reader "face to face" with free-roaming horses who live off the rugged land of the American West. They explain how the native wild horses of the American plains spread through Asia and into Europe where they were later domesticated, then died out in North America, but were brought back to this continent in the early 1500s by Spanish explorers. Some of them escaped and became truly wild animals again.
    With stories of their first-hand experiences and copious full color photographs, Momatiuk and Eastcott tell about the wild horses' family, or harem, bands, consisting of a dominant stallion, his mares, and their foals. They also discuss the importance of managing the herds both to preserve them and to balance their needs with those of others. In addition to side bars with interesting tidbits on how horses communicate and what they eat, there are five pages of additional material at the end of the book with suggestions on how we can help protect wild horses, "Facts at a Glance," a glossary, and a section on where to find out more information, plus an index for quick reference. If children like reading about animals, "wild horses" won't be able to drag them away from this book.

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