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Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet Hardcover – January 22, 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grades 2-4--A little girl wants to own a horse farm someday, even though right now she must settle for some figurines, a pony on a stick, and a vivid imagination. She conjures up images of all manner of steeds, starting with spotted Appaloosas and ending with Zebras. "A big blond Belgian will be my buddy. I'll brush him and bridle him and ride him bareback." The horses are beautifully illustrated in colored pencil, and the shading adds a feeling of warm realism as the child explains the differences in a variety of breeds. There is a lot of wordplay in the descriptions: "My Lipizzans will perform lively leaps, the lightest of lengthenings, lovely levades." A fun and informative addition for horse lovers everywhere.
Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4-8. Every young girl horse fancier has this sweet dream: "When I'm older, I'll have a horse farm. All kinds of horses will live with me." Soft, colored pencil drawings depict the girl riding an array of horses as they participate in various functions from galloping to rodeos. The title suggests an alphabet of 26 kinds of horses, A-Z, but eight letters are devoted to horse-associated words, such as jodhpurs, Kentucky Derby, neigh, unicorns, and Xenophon (who wrote the first text about horses). Three pages of back matter offer "More about Horses" with definitions, brief bits of history (Eohippus), and descriptions. The terms, which include words highlighted in the text, don't follow the order of presentation, but horse fanatics won't care. They will enjoy the charming illustrations of their beloved passion. Julie Cummins
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Top customer reviews
I love that the main character is Chinese, just like my daughter! This story is for both young and old horse lovers. The pictures are drawn using colored pencils, which to me is pleasing to the eye. At the end of the book there are 3 pages of more details on some of the horse and other things that the author talked. Because of that,this book will grow with my daughter and her love of horse! Now we listen to the words, pointing and saying horse, learning her alphabet, seeing a girl that looks like her and to spotting & naming certain breeds!
I liked that the book can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
The book isn't just a picture book using the alphabet. It's a book that can tickle the fancy of a young horse lover, or even older ones, but it's also good for someone who wants to learn a bit more about horses. In the back there is a list of horse terms that are explained well.