Gallop-O-Gallop

Gallop-O-Gallop

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by Sandra Alonzo, Kelly Murphy
     
 
This dynamic collection of twenty-one poems celebrates all things horse-related—from the reflective to the very silly, from the winsome to the hilariously icky. Sandra Alonzo's lively, always evocative writing captures the energy and physicality of these stunning creatures. And with her richly expressive illustrations and a gorgeous palette, Kelly Murphy expertly

Overview

This dynamic collection of twenty-one poems celebrates all things horse-related—from the reflective to the very silly, from the winsome to the hilariously icky. Sandra Alonzo's lively, always evocative writing captures the energy and physicality of these stunning creatures. And with her richly expressive illustrations and a gorgeous palette, Kelly Murphy expertly creates shifting landscapes, changing seasons, and charismatic horse personalities. Alternately rambunctious and lyrical, Gallop-o-Gallop invites readers to celebrate our special relationship with these beautiful and inspiring animals.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This charming collection of poetry is devoted to the majestic horse. The short poems will delight horse enthusiasts, as they give attention to a wide variety of horse types, including race horses, farm horses, wild horses, and even fantasy horses (e.g., unicorns). The poems also detail different relationships owners have with their horses, horse grooming, and horse mannerisms. Readers will laugh and picture the storm a horse�s sneeze creates when reading �The Sneeze.� Horse novices and experts alike will enjoy �Color Scheme� which describes horses of different. Alonzo�s poetry is fun and enjoyable to read because of her descriptive words and imagery. Murphy�s horse illustrations are diverse in color and style: deep, nighttime blues accompany a horse bucking on a star while a horse galloping along a golden, sand dessert is shown to leave dusty, yellow trails behind. Her deliberate brush strokes keep the unity in her style and add depth and texture. Reviewer: Julie Minnich
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4
From the breathless experience of watching the birth of a foal ("Wake up! Wake up! It's almost time!") to the gentle greeting of an old horse who "Lumbers, lumbers/To the fence./With noisy, flapping lips,/He fumbles for carrots/Frommy waiting,/Outstretched hand," this collection is packed with poems for horselovers. Through Alonzo's 21 fresh and lively offerings, youngsters will encounter a "Winter Horse" ("Shaggy/Furry/Rugged"), a show horse ("My jumper cruises/To the water hurdle,/Leaps mud and rails"), an imaginary horse ("My sea horse can/swish/with/fish/Near lacy seaweed"), a "Buckin' Bronco" ("I'm a whirlin', twirlin',/manic machine"), and more. Each selection is presented on a single page or full spread and complemented by Murphy's well-composed, beautifully textured art, created with watercolor, acrylic, and gel medium on paper. Many of the paintings feature realistic images of horses in action or young girls interacting with their mounts, while others are more whimsical. For example, a poem about a stampede across an ancient prairie ("Like a storm cloud spewing dust") is matched with an illustration that looks like a cave painting. This delightful collection will be relished by readers who "Gallop-o-gallop-o-gallop along," even if only in their dreams.
—Lee BockCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
"Gallop-o-gallop-o-gallop along / singing-o-singing-o-singing a song / swift over hills, carry me there / the wind on my face / the sky in my hair." Singsong rhymes and heartfelt sentiments ooze from this collection of 21 horse poems that offer few surprises in content or form. Written for a younger audience than Jessie Haas's Hoofprints (2004), they also lack Hoofprints's bite and originality. Lines such as, "I do know something changed in me / that wondrous night our foal was born," barely deserve to be called poetry at all. On the other hand, the language won't actually harm anyone, the acrylic illustrations are pretty and horse-crazy children will read just about anything about horses. An adequate addition to library collections that don't have Lee Bennett Hopkins's My Mane Catches the Wind (1979) or other better volumes. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803729674
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2007
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.44(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Alonzo lives in Mariposa, California.

Kelly Murphy lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Gallop-O-Gallop 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This charming book is poety but don't let that stand in the way of your getting this treasure. The poems are short and simple yet profound. Great for early childhood read-aloud as well as first years in school. Very precious pictures that capture the essence of each poem. Also a plus is that the sequence itself tells a little story.