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School Library Journal - Audio
PreS-Gr 2—Gail Gibbons's detailed introduction to horses (Holiday House, 2003) is packed with historical facts, breed information, care and grooming tips, facts about their anatomy and methods of communication, and more. Those familiar with Gibbons's nonfiction titles will wonder how the labeled illustrations translate to audio. The answer is not elegantly-at least not for nonreaders and beginning readers. Corey Pierno first reads the text beneath the illustrations on each page, and then the words found in the illustrations and insets, such as equine anatomical terms, names of pictured breeds, and brief horse facts. With this nonlinear print format, unskilled readers will have difficulty following the narration. Pierno's well-paced and deliberately pronounced reading is supplemented with sound effects of neighing, whinnying, and galloping horses as well as brief snippets of background orchestra music. Page-turn signals are optional. Confident readers will enjoy this pleasant read-along while learning much about horses. Children with an interest in horses will find this title an adequate springboard for further reading.—Jennifer Verbrugge, Dakota County Library, Eagan, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430109600
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: CD with Hardcover
  • Product dimensions: 10.42 (w) x 10.71 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004


    One would be hard pressed to think of an animal that enjoys more popularity than horses. Consider the parts they have played not only in our country's history but also throughout literature. Children admire them and can imagine all sorts of adventures on horseback. Gail Gibbons has brought her usual perception and skills to this entertaining book about one of our favorite animals. Noting that the horse's earliest ancestors lived almost 60 million years ago the author traces the migration of horses and their domestication. We're reminded of how useful they were: plowing, pulling wagons and carts, transporting people. Included is an examination of this animal's anatomy as well as notes on purebred horses from the Arabian to the Palomino to the Clydesdale. 'Horses' is both entertaining and informative for all ages.

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