Gallop-O-Gallopby Sandra Alonzo, Kelly Murphy
This dynamic collection of twenty-one poems celebrates all things horse-relatedfrom 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.
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.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 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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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.