Children's Literature - Patrick HunterSaddle up to learn about the bronc bustin', barrel racing, bull riding world of Rodeo. Filled with large, colorful photographs, you will learn everything from types of rodeo events to the history of rodeo itself. Each "chapter" is divided into short two-page spreads that focus on one aspect of rodeo such as a particular rodeo event, the type of horses used, and facts and figures from the history of rodeo. The chapters manage to convey the overall information without getting into too much detail or leaving essential information out. Sidebars and captions add more information and commentary on the subject covered. For the price you really would be hard-pressed to find something better for your shelves. Part of the "Horsing Around" series. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter
School Library JournalGr 3-5–Horse lovers will relish the details in this series about equine competitions. The books begin with “101” sections that elucidate the particulars of the relevant event. Other chapter spreads discuss history, best breeds, and horse superstars. Dramatic photographs in various sizes and from different perspectives show riders parading in vivid regalia or participating in intense competitions, and horses being groomed or cared for by vets (Steeplechase's picture of a grinning horse will elicit smiles from readers). Fact boxes provide trivia such as an explanation of the phrase “long in the teeth.” This series could be used for reports or for pleasure reading.
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