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Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds
     

Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds

by Jeff Crosby, Shelley Ann Jackson
 
Thousands of years ago people living on the steppes of central Asia realized that horses could transport them long distances, help them fight their wars, pull their plows, and provide them with sport and companionship. Ever since, horses and human history have been intertwined.

The author-illustrator team of Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson celebrates all kinds

Overview

Thousands of years ago people living on the steppes of central Asia realized that horses could transport them long distances, help them fight their wars, pull their plows, and provide them with sport and companionship. Ever since, horses and human history have been intertwined.

The author-illustrator team of Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson celebrates all kinds of horses in this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled book. From fast horses like the Barb, which traveled to Spain from Africa in the early eighth century to become a foundation for many Spanish and European breeds, to war horses like the Mongolian that gave their owners military advantage (today there are more horses in Mongolia than there are people), to the hard-working horses ranging from the tiny American Miniature to the giant Clydesdale, Harness Horses,
Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies
is a treasure-trove of information. Today there are fifty-eight million horses in the world.

This is the perfect book for those who own (or dream of owning) a horse, who ride, or who simply like to read about these magnificent animals and the special relationship they share with humans.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…Kids will be taken with the stunning illustrations and popular subject matter, but the text is the real star here. The information is unusual enough that even avid equestrians will learn something intriguing…. While this monograph will surely appeal to horse lovers, it’s also a worthy educational tool to provide a lesson in human geography and world history.”
—Booklist
Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Horse lovers of all ages, rejoice! Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds is a glorious book you can spend hours enjoying and has the double feature of a cover that reverses to a wall poster, so you can spend days enjoying the beautiful horse art. Author/illustrator and husband/wife team Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson take the reader on a journey through the history of horses with beautiful, and meaningful, color illustrations and stories. The introduction states that "no animal has had a greater impact on human civilization than the horse" and goes on to illustrate the ways in which changes in our world are reflected in the ways the over 58-million horses in the world today share our lives. Five sections, Rapid Transit, Military Advantage, Horsepower, Equine Entertainment, and Feral Horses cover 43 different horse breeds, from the well-known Arabian, Clydesdale, American Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, and Mustang; to the less-well-known Gypsy Vanner, Norwegian Fjord, Marwari, Brabant, Falabella, Brumby, and many more. Each section focuses on the particular horse breed's relationship with man to improve lives throughout world history. Breed stories are illustrated with sidebars of a map of the featured country. World History, Geography, Animal Husbandry, Social Studies, and Art Appreciation are all woven into this fabulous book. A concise Bibliography follows. A fine addition to any library. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—After a brief introduction, the animals are grouped by the roles they have played in relation to people: "Rapid Transit," "Military Advantage," "Horsepower," "Equine Entertainment," and "Feral Horses." The concise and interesting information on each of the 43 breeds is accompanied by an illustration of the type as well as one of the horse in action and often includes a small map showing its origins. The excellent painterly pictures clearly capture the unique life of each horse, including dramatic scenes of the war horses, the excitement of circus performers, the hard work of those sent into the mines, and the compelling life of feral horses. A solid resource.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887769863
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NC1160L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson are graduates of the MFA illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They now make their home in Austin, Texas with their daughters. The duo’s first book together, Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds, received a nonfiction research grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was awarded the Gold Medal in Juvenile Nonfiction by ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards.

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