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My Kingdom for a Horse: An Anthology of Poems about Horses

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A gorgeously illustrated anothology of horse poems.

No saddle,

bridle, bit

for me,

I grip my

pony's mane,

and we

are one,

together,

...

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Overview

A gorgeously illustrated anothology of horse poems.

No saddle,

bridle, bit

for me,

I grip my

pony's mane,

and we

are one,

together,

galloping

free.

—from "My Pony" by Ruth Feder

Joyous colts gallop through snowy fields. Mystical white horses canter in the moonlight. From the wonder of a new-born foal to the quiet grace of a beloved mare at pasture, horses capture our imagination like no other animal can. A celebration of horses in all their majesty, this collection of poems will inspire any young reader who has ridden a horse—or has dreamed of riding one.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Horses are celebrated here in a variety of functions and environments. The mostly brief, one-page poems cover everything from racing horses to police mounts. There are poems about children on merry-go-rounds, a young girl performing stunts on a horse at the circus, a foal at its mother's side, and a Lakota warrior riding away from his enemies. The poets include Walt Whitman, Jack Prelutsky, Robert Frost, Christina Rossetti, Navajo Indians, and William Shakespeare. What really makes this anthology stand out are the impressionistic illustrations. Working in pastels and pencils, the artist has created soft-focus images with small dots and patches of color. Indeed, a scene of racehorses is reminiscent of the work of Edgar Degas. The pictures, both in color and black and white, are a perfect companion to the printed word and genuinely bring the selections to life. Buy this book for the poetry or the illustrations, or both, and readers will not be disappointed.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The 25 poems in this beautifully illustrated and designed anthology are evenly divided between real and imaginary horses and between rhyming and nonrhyming poetic forms. Schwartz has thoughtfully selected poems that show us horses at work (a police officer's mount, a young racehorse, a circus horse) and at play (merry-go-round horses, a child's toy pony). Many of the elements of poetry could be taught using this volume: several of the poems effectively use a galloping meter or successfully show the power of poetic metaphor through charging steeds glimpsed in crashing ocean waves or in racing clouds. Well-known poets are represented here with selections by Shakespeare, Frost, Whitman, and Christina Rossetti, with more contemporary poems by Aileen Fisher, Tony Johnston, and Jack Prelutsky. Two selections are by Native American poets, but no other minority cultures are represented (and the exclusion of a haiku along with all the other poetic forms seems an obvious oversight). The evocative illustrations by Berenzy (Home at Last, 1998, etc.) alternate between pastels and soft, moody graphite pencils that capture magical moments, such as the birth of a foal by moonlight. She has a genuine talent for depicting both realistic horses in motion and more ephemeral images such as the elusive unicorn, and her delicate, understated illustrations propel this collection into the winner's circle. As there is no other collection of equine-themed poems for children in print, this offering will be welcomed in larger poetry collection and by legions of horse-lovers young and old. (Poetry. 6-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805062120
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Ann Schwartz fell in love with horses when she took her first pony ride as a child. She was a children's book editor for many years and now works as a freelance writer. Ms. Schwartz lives with her husband in New York City.

Alix Berenzy has illustrated several other books about animals, including Home at Last and Into the Sea. She is also the author and illustrator of two adapted fairy tales, A Frog Prince and Rapunzel. Ms. Berenzy lives in Benton, Philadelphia.

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