Why Do Horses Have Manes?

Why Do Horses Have Manes?

by Elizabeth MacLeod
     
 

Kids don't need to own or ride a horse to love this book, as it is not about riding but instead showcases the horse as a fascinating animal. The handy question-and-answer format makes it perfect both for browsing and for school-project research.See more details below

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Kids don't need to own or ride a horse to love this book, as it is not about riding but instead showcases the horse as a fascinating animal. The handy question-and-answer format makes it perfect both for browsing and for school-project research.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
Much of the information in this book is presented in a question/answer format that is a good device for providing small bits of information and keeping the reader's attention. Chapter I, "When Horses Flew," describes prehistoric horses and their place in mythology. Some of the questions asked and answered here include "What did the first horse look like?" and "Why do horses let people ride them?" Chapter 2, "Paints, Percherons, and Palominos," describes the various types of horses today from very large breeds to miniatures. Questions in this section include "What's a miniature horse?" "Is a palomino a breed?" and "Are there still wild horses?" Chapter 3, "The Mane's Tale," discusses special adaptations. Among the questions are "Can horses really sleep standing up?" and "Why do horses walk on tiptoes?" Chapter 4, "Straight from the Horses Mouth," includes information about ways horses communicate. "Who's who in a herd?" "Why do horses nuzzle and groom?" The book includes several special features. One of these is a section of jokes and riddles called "Horse Laughs;" another is a page featuring common expressions called "Horse Talk." There are directions for making a horse bookmark, playing horseshoes, and a table to calculate one's age in horse years. Vibrant color photographs are interspersed throughout the lively text. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

This slim volume uses a question-and-answer format to provide short, basic information. It is loosely divided into four sections with titles that are not always self-explanatory. Randomly covered topics include physical aspects of the horse, some historical facts, a few of the creature's idiosyncrasies such as unusual friendships with other types of animals, and "trivial pursuit" inquiries covering hero horses and how to play horseshoes. The material can be found in many other books, but the brief text and appealing color photos could provide an easy reading opportunity for casual browsers.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554533121
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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