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Mongolia

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It is a special day for cousins Dawa and Olana. Dawa's father is going to find them two small horses in the family's herd. Like other young Mongolian boys, Dawa and Olana are learning to be skilled horsemen.

Living as nomads on the grassy plains, Mongolians rely on horses to support their traditional way of life. Horses help with the daily work of rounding up the goats and cows that provide meat and milk for food, as well as skins for clothing and shelter. Dawa and Olana hope ...

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Overview

It is a special day for cousins Dawa and Olana. Dawa's father is going to find them two small horses in the family's herd. Like other young Mongolian boys, Dawa and Olana are learning to be skilled horsemen.

Living as nomads on the grassy plains, Mongolians rely on horses to support their traditional way of life. Horses help with the daily work of rounding up the goats and cows that provide meat and milk for food, as well as skins for clothing and shelter. Dawa and Olana hope that with their new horses, they will learn to be great horsemen.

Two nomadic Mongolian children listen to stories of the past from their father and yearn for their own horses, creatures essential to their way of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
After photos of an imposing mountain landscape and a dramatic evening sky, two young boys begin to listen to their father tell stories. Their faces appear in shadows, lending both an other-worldy aura and also the familiarity of bedtime stories anywhere in the world. Throughout the book there is an excellent effort to find common points between the lives of boys in remote Mongolia and back home in America: the boys pester their father for their own horses; they have to share their first horse; one boy sneaks sweet cheese drying on the roof and we see him grinning with the cheese stuck between his teeth. You want to meet these boys and their father, who seems to smile warmly through all his hard-working day. The adults seem so sure in their everyday tasks—folding up their cloth homes, or gers, to move to greener pastures; tying the slats for a new wooden roof; heating milk for yogurt; preparing a horse for a first time rider. The photographs and the book design are excellent, easily moving the reader from page to page. Even older reluctant readers are likely to find the facts and photos compelling. The only missing piece of information is an acknowledgement that there are cities in Mongolia and not everyone lives a nomadic life on horseback. Notes at the end provide more thorough information about the author's journey to learn about Mongolia and the rhythms of its daily live. There is a good map on the endpapers and a teacher's guide available online. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600601309
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Vanishing Cultures Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 975,319
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.

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