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Horses

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by Seymour Simon
     
 

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What animal can . . .

  • run so fast, its feet don't always touch the ground,
  • weigh more than 2,000 pounds,
  • sense people's emotions bytheir smell,
  • . . . and wear shoes?
  • Why, a horse, of course!

Horses are some of the most fascinating — and important — creatures on Earth. In fact, our world would

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What animal can . . .

  • run so fast, its feet don't always touch the ground,
  • weigh more than 2,000 pounds,
  • sense people's emotions bytheir smell,
  • . . . and wear shoes?
  • Why, a horse, of course!

Horses are some of the most fascinating — and important — creatures on Earth. In fact, our world would not be the way it is today if not for horses. Horses have carried medieval knights into battle, transported settlers to the American West, and hauled fire engines and buses. They even turned the wheels that provided power for factories! But one of their greatest, most enduring gifts to us is companionship and trust.

So come along with Seymour Simon, whom the New York Times calls "the dean of the [children's science book] field," and learn more about these amazing animals — straight from the horse's mouth!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
From the horse's mouth to his hoofs, the horse is illustrated in all of its glory in this large book. The author gives the names of baby horses (foals), females (mares), and males (stallions). He tells how horses were brought to America by the Spaniards and tells of their great historical importance to the cowboys of the Old West, to the Indians, and to the farmers who only had plows to work their fields. Horses can see some colors, but an interesting note is that they can see in an almost complete circle because of the position of their eyes. Large, beautiful portraits are exhibited on each page. From dark brown horses called bays to colorless ones called albinos, horses are illustrated in all of their glorious beauty. Like many scientists, he takes his information about horses from the evolution theory, stating that horses evolved from the Hyracotherium, which means "mole beast." Mr. Simon has presented an excellent portrait of this fine, beautiful animal. He is a winner of the Science Books and Film Key Award for Excellence in Science Books. 2006, HarperCollins Children's Books, Ages 6 to 12.
—Debbie West
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Simon provides the basic facts, which include the importance of horses to humans throughout history, their evolution, physical traits, interactions among themselves, and the various breeds. The information is clear and accurate. The striking color photos will capture readers' attention. However, it's unfortunate that they lack captions, particularly when showing different breeds. Children will pore over the photos and garner enough information from the text to make this book a popular introductory choice.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Well-conceived, beautifully presented horse books abound, so surely there's no need to sacrifice trees for this one, which reads like a poorly organized encyclopedia article, except that encyclopedias rarely make so many mistakes. Horses teeth do wear down, but they also keep growing, so they get longer, not shorter, as the horse ages. Bays and chestnuts are not types of brown horses. Thoroughbreds are a type of hotblood, but a polo pony is not necessarily a Thoroughbred. In the photo of the Amish woman, whatever she's driving, it isn't a plow. And so on. All minor points, but they abound, and combined with the stilted writing, add up to the impression that Simon knows very little about horses at all. The photos look like a standard horse calendar. Don't bother. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060289447
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
281,012
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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