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Title:
Horses!
Author:
Gibbons, Gail.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Presents information on horses, including their physical characteristics, behavior, and how to ride a horse.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 73486.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 34037 Guided reading level: M.
ISBN:
9780823417032
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

No other animal has captured people's imaginations or changed their lives as have horses. Their grace, strength, and beauty have made horses sought after as well as useful. What would kings and queens, knights and conquistadors, cowboys and stagecoach drivers, or farmers have done without them? In this informative book, Gail Gibbons relates some of the long history horses and humans have shared. She looks at horse biology and behaviour, and includes colourful, clear, and accessible diagrams that will interest all who want to know more about these popular animals.


Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. Using her characteristic informational picture-book format, Gibbons introduces this magnificent animal to young readers. She begins with a history of the species (including its mysterious disappearance from North America), discusses the main sizes and breeds, and explains many of the specialized terms associated with the animal. Gibbons also comments on gaits, behavior (a short twitch of the tail means that a horse is nervous), and the life cycle. Attractive, full-color labeled illustrations fill every page, with many expanding on a particular point in the main text. Report writers won't find an index or even a table of contents, but Gibbons does include an appendix of extra facts, and the book's accessible format will attract browsers as well as legions of young would-be equestrians. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Another quality nonfiction title from a veteran author. Gibbons presents an abundance of information about these "powerful, graceful, and majestic animals" in a pleasing and well-organized format. Using succinct and interesting language complemented by colorful and accurate illustrations, she describes the history of horses, their anatomy, how they communicate through sounds and body movement, care and grooming (including the wide range of tools needed to maintain a healthy coat), and different breeds. Finally, readers learn that horses "are good friends and companions." Thoroughbreds, Welsh ponies, Clydesdales, and many others are shown grazing and prancing across the pages, and the carefully placed captions define terminology and often clarify or add to the text. This book will definitely make the winner's circle.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.