Why Do Horses Neigh?

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Do you love horses? If you do, you're not alone. There's so much to know about these amazing animals. Why do horses neigh? What are baby and adult horses called? How do horses communicate? Beginning readers can find out the answers to these questions-and many more-in this lively, fact-filled introduction to these popular animals. Filled with colorful illustrations and dynamic color photos of real horses, this is a perfect selection for any ...

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Overview

Do you love horses? If you do, you're not alone. There's so much to know about these amazing animals. Why do horses neigh? What are baby and adult horses called? How do horses communicate? Beginning readers can find out the answers to these questions-and many more-in this lively, fact-filled introduction to these popular animals. Filled with colorful illustrations and dynamic color photos of real horses, this is a perfect selection for any young horse lover.

Illustrated by Anna DiVito.

Questions and answers present information about the behavior and characteristics of horses and their interactions with humans.

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Holub answers the question posed by the title—horses neigh to say hello, but you don't learn that until about halfway through this nonfiction "Dial Easy-to-Read," Level 3 book, Grades 1 to 3. For all of those who have dreamed of owning or riding a horse, this book is a great first step. It introduces the characteristics of various breeds, describes the smallest and largest horses, parts of the horse's body, ways to measure and tell its age, and ways to recognize a horse, and how it recognizes people. Horses are speedy, and the fastest racing thoroughbreds can run at speeds over forty miles an hour. Horses are intelligent, trainable, and loyal. They also require lots of care, which means grooming as well as mucking out their stalls so that they have a clean, dry place to reside in. Horses do sleep, but mostly in snatches; although they will lie down, then close their eyes to sleep more deeply. Each section starts with a question such as "Why do horses wear shoes?; How do horses keep clean?; Who are some famous horses? It is an easy-to-follow format, and there are plenty of photographs and other full-color illustrations to illuminate the facts presented. 2003, Penguin Putnam,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Using a question-and-answer format, Rabbits discusses the different traits and behaviors of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils. While all are rodents, each one has its own peculiarities. Horses does the same for horses and ponies. Charming, full-color photographs and drawings, especially those depicting the animals interacting with humans, mostly children, enhance the large-type texts. A winning combination of tightly written narrative, age-appropriate vocabulary, and worthy illustrations guarantees that independent readers will enjoy these titles.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Holub (Why Do Rabbits Hop?, below, etc.) continues her series of easy readers focusing on a particular animal with this offering that will be popular with the younger faction of the horse-crazy set. She uses a question and answer format as the structure to impart a broad overview of the equine world, including horse classifications, behavior, characteristics, care, and an introduction to riding. She works interesting tidbits of information into the text, including some surprising facts that children will enjoy, such as the fact that horses sleep only three hours per day or the statistics about the world’s oldest horse on record. Humorous spot illustrations alternate with full-color photographs of horses, many being held or ridden by children. This combination of illustration styles provides an attractive visual variety, augmented by the leading questions on each page reproduced in purple type. The text is written for readers at the early fluency level, but this will find other uses as well: for younger children who are just getting interested in horses and for older children who are reading below grade level. The amount of information covered in a simple, interesting way makes this an excellent introduction to this popular topic. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142301197
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/27/2003
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers Level 3 Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 207,816
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Excellent series and this is a favorite

    There are 6 books in this series and our favorites are this one and the cats and dogs ones. I've taught for six years now and horses are big favorites with kids year after year. We haven't read the other 3 yet, about rabbits/hamsters/etc, snakes/turtles/etc, and birds, but we plan to over the summer. In a Q&A format, questions are posed such as: Why Do Horses Neigh? and answered in an easily read format that my students could grasp and enjoy. Good content and good binding so it stands up to repeated readings in the classroom, even in paperback. A worthwhile purchase.

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