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Horses

4.5 11
by Seymour Simon
 

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In Horses, Seymour Simon introduces elementary-school readers to horses through engaging descriptions and stunning full-color photographs. He teaches readers all about horses through pictures, diagrams, and maps. This book includes a glossary and index.

What animal can . . .

  • run so fast, its feet don't always touch the ground,

Overview

In Horses, Seymour Simon introduces elementary-school readers to horses through engaging descriptions and stunning full-color photographs. He teaches readers all about horses through pictures, diagrams, and maps. This book includes a glossary and index.

What animal can . . .

  • run so fast, its feet don't always touch the ground,
  • weigh more than 2,000 pounds,
  • sense people's emotions by their 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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060289447
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
176,704
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Horses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this ebook to read with my daughter. While the content is good, the formatting of the ebook is not. The publisher took the cheap way out. The ebook is formatted as if the pages of the book were just scanned and saved as an ebook. So, the text and images are on one page. The text is small and so are the images. You can't adjust either. I learned a lesson about cheap children's ebooks from this purchase and will be more careful next time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolotly love hourse they are by far one of the best and most butiful animals on earth. So all of the lovers of this amazing animals should by this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such in amazing book to read i did not want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everybody listen up if you dont like the book you dont have to always say bad things. If you see somebody that wrote a bad thing and you were too dont write any more. Stop being so rude. Ive cheaked it out at my school library and its fine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is in my library at school i love horses
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never really got to read this because ebook not reasponding
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey do not get this book i mean it is a good one if you don't put all that evolotion stuff i mean come on people just saying what i think but it gives you a lot of info on horses if you just ignor the evolotion stuff it is a good book and the wtiter is very smart :)and that is why i give it five stars :) !!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SHUT UP AND DEAL WIF LIFE OH MY GOD YOU CANT GET OTTA HERE AND STOP SAYING RUDE THINKS ANYTIME YOU WANNT I AWAYS HAVE TO COMMENT ON EACH OF HIS BOOKS BEAUSE YOUR RUDE I LIKE THESE BOOKS SO SHUT UP OH CRAP WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU-rage