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Little Horse on His Own (Early Chapter Books (Henry Holt & Company)) Hardcover – August 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Early Chapter Books (Henry Holt & Company)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805073523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Byars continues the gentle fantasy begun in Little Horse (Holt, 2002). The diminutive animal has begun to make himself comfortable in his new home among humans, but he still dreams of his old life in the Valley of Little Horses. A frightening thunderstorm wreaks havoc on the farm and frees him from his tiny stable. Finding himself on his own, he narrowly escapes the claws of the cat and makes his way to the stream that he knows will lead him home once again. But first he must escape a forest fire and a predatory bird. As in the first book, Byars masterfully conveys Little Horse's naive perspective. The prose is clear and uncluttered, and the action moves crisply. Readers who've enjoyed the first book will relish the scenes that show how the protagonist's character has grown and find this a satisfying sequel to his earlier adventures. Once again, author and illustrator effectively pool their considerable talents to create a landscape that is both believably familiar and dreamily fantastic. McPhail's charming, full-page and spot pencil drawings help fill in the details, and an endpaper map traces Little Horse's journey home. Children who enjoyed Ursula Le Guin's "Catwings" series (Orchard) and Kathleen Duey's "The Unicorn's Secret" series (Aladdin) will welcome this tale.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-4. Children familiar with Little Horse from his eponymous first adventure (2002) know that he comes by his appellation honestly; he belongs to a group of uncannily tiny equines. In this sequel he sets off to find the Valley of Little Horses and reunite with his mother, a journey that is, of course, fraught with danger. Byars excels at pitching her prose to newly independent readers without sapping it of excitement; storms "rage," horses "frisk," animals "dart." McPhail's black-and-white illustrations appeared slightly muddy in the galley, but, as in the first book, their presence lends clarity to Byars' otherwise rather subtle references to Little Horse's unusual size. Although there is no real emotional development alongside the physical journey, the brief, action-packed chapters will please horse fanciers ready to advance beyond traditional easy readers. Suggest the Little Horse duet as a stepping-stone to Ursula Le Guin's slightly more sophisticated Catwings animal fantasies. Jennifer Mattson
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Customer Reviews

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My 7 year old daughter adores this book.
Maggie May
Kids who are just staring to read chapter books will enjoy this horse story.
Melissa Sack
This is a great book for beginner chapter readers.
B. Martinez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on February 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Little Horse is enjoying the day as he grazes in the field near his home. All of a sudden a storm comes up. He is swept down the river and he finds himself all alone. He faces all sorts of obstacles such as a fire and a dangerous bird! Will he ever find his way back home? Read Little Horse on His Own to find out.

I liked this book because it was easy to read. Kids who are just staring to read chapter books will enjoy this horse story.

Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to children of all ages. Especially those who have a great interest in horses. They will enjoy getting to know the main character of Little Horse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on August 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Little Horse is happily enjoying his time grazing in the field, when a storm, complete with dark black clouds, and torrential rains sets him free from his holding. This, in turn, allows him to do what he was wanted to do since the river carried him away from his true home, find the valley of horses and his beloved Mother. However, Little Horse soon finds that his journey is to be far more dangerous than he could have ever expected, for the outside world holds many new obstacles that he must overcome, in order to find himself safe at home with his family. From smoky fires, to vicious birds, Little Horse must find his way around anything the enters his path.

Betsy Byars has created an enjoyable new book for young readers. Little Horse is a fun character, whom children will easily sympathize with, as his moods change from lonely to happy, and from sad to mad. The obstacles he encounters on his way back to the Valley are enjoyable, and will have readers rooting for Little Horse to complete his journey and be reunited with his Mother in the end. Overall this is a wonderful new read in the world of children's fiction, that will be cherished by all, whether you're a horse lover or not.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VS Grenier Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker

I have not read the first book of this series, Little Horse, in which Little Horse, who lives in a valley with other little horses, accidentally falls into a stream and is swept away from his home. After he fights the swift current and struggles onto an island, a giant hawk swoops down upon him and frightens him back into the water. Back on land, he runs for cover in a colorful forest of flowers and falls asleep, but a hand gently picks him up and tucks him inside a warm place like the cave he used to share with his mother. His new home is a miniature stall in a little boy's room.
In this sequel, Little Horse had never known the sky to be so black and the air so still, but a storm sets him free from the fence holding him captive, so that he can try to find his way back to the valley of the little horses and his mother. But where should he turn, and how will he ever get home alive with all of the obstacles facing him, such as unfriendly horses, a malicious bird, a pouncing cat, a smoky fire, and more? Betsy Byars, who is the Newberry Medal winning author of The Summer of the Swans, has created an enjoyable chapter book fantasy that provides more complex sentence structure than what is normally in easy readers. Young children should find it delightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie May on June 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 7 year old daughter adores this book. She says it has all the elements of a good story - suspense, adventure, and a happy ending.
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More About the Author

Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others.

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