Monday, January 14, 2013

A Horse of a Different Color

Hi all! Did you have a good weekend?  Was there some major football watching happening in your homes?  There was a lot. Too bad I don't have a book about football.

Actually, I'm fine that I don't. Doesn't bother me one bit. Moving on...

A few months ago Lilac became seriously fixated on horses. (Tomorrow I'm gonna share the book that I think started the obsession, the gateway book, if you will.)  Anyway, she wants to get a horse, she wants to pretend play about horses, and most of all she wants to read about horses, especially real ones!

Somewhere along the way she read the story of Seabiscuit, I think it was this book. Oh my goodness, the girl was hooked! She was looking for every Seabiscuit book for kids that has ever been published.

When we ran out of those, I went searching for more horse nonfiction. The first place I looked was DK. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love DK!! They are seriously my GO TO for nonfiction. They have a book on every topic--I'm not exaggerating, I really think they have a book on every topic possible.

I mean, when I went searching for horse books take a peek at the selection that came up, and this is just the tip of the iceberg: 
Horses (DK Pockets) with an new one coming this year
Ponies and Horses (DK READERS) for a variety of reading abilities
Touch and Feel: Ponies for the littlest horse lovers

After a bit of browsing, I found two titles that I thought she might be particularly fond of. (And can I just say right here before I show you the books, I was 100% correct! SHE LOVES THEM! She actually told me, "Mom, be sure to write in the post, Lilac loves these, okay?")  

Thank you DK!! A happy kiddo equals a happy mom! Now then, the books...
 Horses: The Ultimate Treasury is a gorgeous book! DK has a handful of what I call 'encyclopedia type' books on horses. I'm sure Lilac would have enjoyed each of them, but I think what really drew me to this one was the glossy sort of poster feel of many of the photos, including the cover.
  But it's not just the photo-spreads that stand out! This book covers such a broad scope of information on horses in such a clean and organized way.  Above you see a few of the pages on breeds and different work horses perform. There's also historical facts, information on riding, and even a section about keeping and caring for a pony. (I'm hoping Lilac doesn't see that part actually.) Bottom line, it's not intimidating nonfiction, but rather, its a great place for a curious mind!

   Now this second book, this is actually her favorite of the two. It's DK Readers: Horse Heroes: True Stories of Amazing Horses. Based on her Seabiscuit craze, I knew she'd love reading about famous horses from history.

Several of these stories are talked about briefly in the treasury, but this book goes into more detail. And of course, DK's signature sidebar snippets provide photos and extra information to give the reader more depth.  (See the queen there, I had to include her. When else is the Queen of England gonna be on our blog?)

I think I have a biography lover on my hands, but I wasn't sure if I could find good animal biographies. I'm very glad this book helped me out!

Hmmm, I wonder what she'll want to read next...
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