The True-or-False Book of Horses

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Are there wild horses today?

Discover what's fact and what's fiction about horses! Award-winning author Patricia Lauber teams up with superb illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer to provide a fascinating introduction to the history, anatomy, and behavior of an animal that changed human ...

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Overview

Do horses really walk on tiptoe?
Can they solve math problems?
Are there wild horses today?

Discover what's fact and what's fiction about horses! Award-winning author Patricia Lauber teams up with superb illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer to provide a fascinating introduction to the history, anatomy, and behavior of an animal that changed human history.

The accessible true-or-false question-and-answer format adds to the fun for young readers who want to know more about these much-loved animals.

Through a true-or-false format, presents statements about the history, uses, and behavior of horses and discusses them.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Opening with a concise narrative about the uses of horses over the last six thousand years, Lauber's informative text becomes a series of statements true or false. "Horses walk on tiptoe." Yes, it turns out that a hoof is really a toe and the hock actually a heel; "Some horses can solve math problems." Nope. They just learned to read human tension when the right number of pawings on the ground was reached. Schanzer's drawings reveal a love of horses and will delight horse lovers with their variety of warmly presented breeds. Page designs are open and spacious with boxed and unboxed illustrations and approachable chunks of text. Lauber informs the reader of numerous fascinating horse behaviors, history, and uses without technical details, making the book approachable to young horse fanciers and informing to older ones, as well. All in all, a good addition to the horse shelf collection. 2000, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 10, $15.95. Reviewer: Susan Hepler—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-"Horses hear sounds that we can't hear" and "A horse's teeth are clues to its age" are just 2 of the 14 intriguing statements introduced here. The true-or-false format is fun and readers who are interested in horses will find the wide variety of facts entertaining and educational. Precise details in the colorful illustrations reveal the look of cocked ears and swishing tails as their meanings are made clear. Nickers, snorts, and squeals-some of the essential sounds of horse communication-are succinctly explained and humorously translated by talking horses. There is enough information here for brief reports and the pictures are pleasant to study and browse. This lively glimpse at this creature's history, behavior, and anatomy should be a popular draw, particularly for young equestrians.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
The striking golden palomino pictured on the cover will have this title galloping off the shelf. Do horses walk on their toes? Can you tell a horse's age by his teeth? The author/illustrator team that collaborated on The TrueOrFalse Book of Cats (not reviewed) takes a similar look at horses in this title. Their affection and admiration for the subject are apparent. Each page includes pictures of horses past and present as well as brief questions and answers. The text is engaging, introducing historical facts and anecdotes: the discovery of the wild horses of Mongolia by Russian explorer Nikolai Przewalski in the 1800s and the career of Clever Hans the counting horse who toured Germany in the early 1900s. Other pages describe the specialized anatomy of the horse: leg bones, teeth, eyes, hoofs, sense of smell, and something about horse behavior. The illustrator extends the text with thumbnail drawings of horse incisors at different ages (yes, you can tell the age of a horse by his teeth) and humorous sketches of horses with balloon captions explaining the message of nickers, snorts, whinnies, and squeals. An appealing title for animal lovers and horse enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 810)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688169206
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Lauber is the author of more than sixty-five books for young readers. Many of them are in the field of science, and their range reflects the diversity of her own interests-bats, dolphins, dogs, volcanoes, earthquakes, the ice ages, the Everglades, the planets, earthworms. Two of her books, SEEDS: POP STICK GLIDE and JOURNEY TO THE PLANETS, were nonfiction nominees for The American Book Awards. She was the 1983 winner of The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children's nonfiction literature.

As well as writing books, Ms. Lauber has been editor of Junior Scholastic, editor-in-chief of Science World, and chief editor, science and mathematics, of The New Book of Knowledge

A graduate of Wellesley College, she is married and lives in Connecticut. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, sailing, traveling, cooking, reading, and listening to music.

Patricia Lauber is the highly acclaimed author of, among others, Volcano, a Newbery Honor Book, and Flood, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Her fascination with horses began in childhood, when she loved to read about them. She learned to ride, and at the age of twelve spent a memorable summer on a ranch in New Mexico. Patricia Lauber lives with her husband in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Rosalyn Schanzer has written and illustrated several outstanding children's books, including her How We Crossed the West, which received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and, most recently, Gold Fever! As a child, she always enjoyed reading stories about horses. By the time the artist was twelve years old, she'd read all of the Black Stallion books, by Walter Farley; then she studied the muscle structures of horses so that she could draw them herself. Rosalyn Schanzer lives with her husband, Steve, their children, Adam and Kim, and their family dog, Jones, in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Patricia Lauber and Rosalyn Schanzer recently collaborated on The True-or-False Book of Cats, which School Library Journal called "A delightful look at the behavior of these popular pets ... A book that will frequently stray from the shelf."

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