Horse People: Writers and Artists on the Horses They Love


Twenty-five great writers, in pieces created especially for this volume and handsomely illustrated by contemporary artists and photographers, share their unbridled joy and passion for the horse in our lives.
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Twenty-five great writers, in pieces created especially for this volume and handsomely illustrated by contemporary artists and photographers, share their unbridled joy and passion for the horse in our lives.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-This beautifully presented collection of essays, photographs, and artwork by horse lovers, some of whom are quite famous, demonstrates the human fascination with this animal. Among the selections are an interview with Dick Francis and a heart-tugging story by Jana Harris. Jane Smiley offers a personal story of panic and fear conquered through learning to jump a horse. Rita Mae Brown's horse, Peggy Sue, gives Ms. Brown's cat Sneaky Pie some stiff competition with the charming and amusing "Working with Humans," told from a horse's point of view. The illustrations provide a view of horses in many habitats, from Wyoming to Baltimore. This thoroughly delightful book will certainly please all those adolescents so aptly described in the essays (wearing the perfume "Eau de Riding Stable") as well as those who wonder what all the fuss is about.-Carol DeAngelo, Garcia Consulting Inc., EPA Headquarters, Washington, DC
A charming collection of 40-plus commissioned literary pieces and paintings and photos by writers and artists who share loving insight into their experiences with horses. Among the contributors are writers Jane Smiley, Tess Gallagher, and Rita Mae Brown; visual artists Jamie Wyeth, Janet Biggs, and Todd Devries; and photographers John Derryberry and Robb Kendrick. This is a thought-provoking and moving compendium, for horse enthusiasts, of course, but it's compelling also for readers who somehow exist without an equine love in their life. Profits from sales of the book go to a granting program to benefit animals in rescue agencies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579652128
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 4/15/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written, edited, or illustrated a veritable kennel of books, including Workman's Kids' Best Dog Book; Artisan's Horse People, Fishing with Dad, and My Bug; and The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties, and Talking Poodles and May Contain Nuts: A Very Loose Canon of American Humor. Many of his anthologies have supported humane efforts through the Company of Animals Fund, which he founded in 1990. He lives with his pack on 100 acres in central Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
"Astride the Twilight" 11
"My Grandfather and his Belgians" 12
"Boots, Saddle, to Horse, and Away!" 16
"Horsey Girl," 19
"Horse Riffs (A Journal)" 24
"Jumping," 26
"Nothing but Trouble Since the Day He was Born" 30
"Three Stories" 34
"Westward," 39
"Horsepower" 42
"Wyoming," 44
"Side-View: A Mother's Perspective" 45
"Connemara," 48
"Working with Humans" 50
"Breaking Horses: A Seduction in Letter form" 53
"City Horses," 57
"Angel Foot: A Double Portrait" 60
"Goldart" 64
A suite of paintings by Ivars Heinrihsons 67
"Paperback Rider: An Interview with Dick Francis" 70
"The Power of Horses" 74
"Obsolete--Not for Navigational Purposes," 78
"Summer School" 82
"Horse and Camera," 87
"On Whitey" 90
"Work Horses," 94
"Good Horse Keeping" 97
"Red Bandanna," 103
"Horses Cross, Donkeys Cross" 104
"Kashmir," 108
"The Bluebird of Happiness" 110
"Glory Days" 113
"Sparky Moves to Manhauan," 115
"Big" 120
"The Arabber Series," 126
"Rescue" 130
"Pony Tales," 134
"Impossible Horses" 136
"Texas, USA," 140
"Puissance" 142
"Dream Horses," 149
"Loving the Older Horse" 152
"Taking Flight," 155
Contributors' Notes 156
Credits and Acknowledgments 160
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