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Volume V Number 4 . . . . October 16, 1998
Although difficult to use for any research project, this delightful book begs to be devoured by the grades 4 to 6 horse crazy students, usually girls, who beg you for "another horse book, please." From its gorgeous, dreamy cover, featuring a beautiful yo ung girl pensively admiring her horse, to its large clear print and well-designed format, Horses Forever is an all-time bargain. Although the book has a table of contents, there is no index. The black and white photos (some historical) are inform ative and the glossy, coloured photos, grouped together after Chapter 3, are stunning. Horses Forever is packed with fascinating information about the domestication of the horse; the horse in war over the centuries; memorable rides; the horse in books and movies; horses that race (and win!); how to break (or gentle) a horse; ponies; wild horses; and horses of myth and l egend.
It was the custom in those days to stable the horses all winter long. But in the spring, when the smell of new grass wafted in, the plough horses grew restless for the pasture. It became a ritual to release the horses all at once. Everyone on the farm would stop to look on as the great wing-gates to the pasture were opened and the herd was allowed to stampede out of the barn.What I like about the above story is how it captures the two towering aspects of horses - the sense of danger, because horses are big and strong and fast, and also their generosity of spirit. Anyone who has spent a life with horses has tales to tell abou t that generosity.
Lawrence Scanlan, a horse rider himself, obviously loves and knows horses well. He has written a "must-have" horse book.
Joan Marshall is the teacher-librarian and enrichment facilitator at the Henry G. Izatt Middle School in Fort Garry School Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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