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I still quite vividly remember signing Marguerite Henry's Album of Horses out of the school library in the early spring of 1977 (at the age of ten) and with much eager anticipation, but then not really all that much enjoying the different horse-breed specific anecdotes and sections (not because they were badly written, not because Marguerite Henry did not write adventuresomely and evocatively, but mostly because I personally felt that much essential horse-based information and details were missi...
I opened a book cabinet and found this book I was searching for to give a young rider. (I have 6 copies)I would think every horse lover would have this book on their shelf. It broadens knowledge of how beautiful all horses are.Marguerite did a wonderful job.
I own this book!I went through a very brief interested-in-horses period when a kid. My cousins, who lived across the street from me, owned horses, rode them, went to shows, etc., but I was just a bystander. I was a bit older than them and never got to own a horse. But...In my backyard, which bordered on a huge pasture owned by a neighbor, there was always a horse. A Palomino, which the owner claimed was also an Arabian. Gorgeous big horse. We'd pat him, feed him, talk to him; he was quite intell...
Wonderful stories of real horses are included in the brief chapters on several varieties of these animals. The illustrations are beautiful. The book is written at a level for children, but there is plenty for adults as well. Very, very enjoyable read for those who love animals. The author is obviously one of those people. She's written a flock of books about horses and other animals as well.
Children's Book One of my two all time favorite books as I child. I spent hours and hours over the years gazing at the pictures with dreams in my head. (I'm the kid that asked Santa for a pony every year.) In fact, one of my criteria for picking a husband was how well he could ride. Me and my cowboy have been married thirty years now, live on a beautiful little ranch and have horses, my very own happy ending. :)
I picked up this childhood favorite on a recent trip in the Pacific Northwest. This is one of Henry's non-fiction books, a collection of essays about various breeds of horses: light breeds, drafters, and ponies alike. I remember checking it out of the library often as a child. I'm sure at one point I learned something from it, but I believe the main reason I was drawn back to it again and again was Wesley Dennis's beautiful illustrations. A full-page color illustration for each chapter/breed and...
I remember looking through this book hundreds of times as a child. To this day, I think the illustrations are beautiful.
I had forgotten how much I loved Henry’s beautiful writing style. Her passion for horses shines through her books so much, like she can put into words the amazing feelings that horse people have felt about these animals. Marguerite Henry’s books should be read by every horsey person!
This is one book that has often been recommended to me many times but one that I never got around to. Although I had read some of Marguerite Henry's books I kind of gave up on the "Misty of Chincoteague" series after a while since of the constant new appearance of books (it is a practice that is continued to this day with new series). I found it an interesting work that explores the history of the equine world as well as some of its varied members including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Ea
Way back in the age of the dinosaurs, I owned a substantial horse book collection (mostly gone now.) This was one of my most-read books. I used to take it out the library constantly until I finally got hold of a used copy when I was college-age or thereabouts. I managed to read it several times in the years I had it, even when I had other books sitting around unread. It's an old friend.So perhaps my five stars for it is not entirely an objective look at the prose style (cute), information offere...
Four gold stars for a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Album of Horses was published in 1951, when I was a youngster. I was given the book, and read it over and over again. Of course, I loved horses, like most youngsters back then--especially girls. What I enjoyed this time around, close to 60 years later, is the understanding the artist and the author had about horses, the people who worked with them, trained them, handled them--it's as if I looked through a snapshot of a time when many childre...
A beloved childhood favorite. How many long hours I spent mooning over those gorgeous illustrations, memorizing the attributes of each breed, and dreaming of having my own horse someday! And how many more hours I spent working to try to create drawings of my own to match Wesley Dennis' graceful, expressive lines. A cherished memory.
A nice little treasure that any horse-loving boy or girl will love. The illustrations are pretty and the text is informative while still being engaging.
4.5/5I really do love this book. As a kid, it was one of my favorite books from the library - I would check it out all the time, and spend hours pouring over it, studying all of Wesley Dennis's perfect, perfect illustrations. As an adult, rereading my own battered copy, I still love this book, love the way that Henry doesn't just say, "here is this breed of horse; it originated in this country; it's pretty cool," but instead takes her readers on a journey with each entry, a story to pull you int...
I don't think I've seen Wesley Dennis's work in color. They're incredible and the black and white smaller pieces frame Marguerite Henry's text. The text comes in sections of three pages per breed, exotic color, and donkey and mule. A lot of the narrative for the breeds featured in another Henry book bring you back to those books, but you don't have to have had read them to understand the story and history. A few stories at the back are three paged flash fiction and not breed based.One story that...
This was a book in my room at my grandmother's house - I think it technically belonged to my aunt, but I enjoyed reading it on every rainy Saturday afternoon. Being a horse-crazy little girl, it was wonderful just from the pictures, but as I got older and read more proficiently the information was great as well. It might not be "up to date" for the new century, but the illustrations are timeless and lovely and the way the facts about each breed are presented is actually entertaining.
I loved these books growing up. I have a long list of them requested from the library. I was a horse girl!
I loved this book during my horse-crazy phase, and have kept my mom's copy because it is so lovely. Wesley Dennis' illustrations really make it, but the stories are also sweet and enjoyable.
Great horse book for kids
"In the wide-set eyes of the Arabian horse there is still the fire of sun and stars, and in their motion the flow of small winds and the tide of great ones. War horses. Builders of other breeds. Yet holders of their own purity."Really cute glimpse of several main breeds of horses (many of them featured in other Henry books). We get to see not just the image of the breed, but also the history: where they came from, why they're called what they're called, where their color or strength or appearanc...
When I was little I had an old copy of this book, passed down from a family member, the covers worn around the edges and some pages mended with old yellowed tape (right across the picture of the Shetland pony). Eventually we did get a trim new copy, but I'll never forget the charm of that old one that I knew first.A lot of the topics from Henry's classic horse novels are here—the wild ponies of Chincoteague, the Lipizzaners of Vienna, Thoroughbred race horses, mustangs, etc.—but there are many m...
My grandfather gave me his copy of this book when I was 10 years old. I was really interested in horses at this point and read it pretty quickly. At the time, a lot of it was lost on me, because I was 10 and the style of writing is vastly different from the way writers usually write now. Reading through it again as a 20 year old, 10 years later, I found it to be interesting, but the stories seem to be written for an older child rather than young one. It's necessary to have a broad understanding
I think this book is really good for children who have an interest in horses, and want to know about the lineage of some of the more popular breeds. It actually tells the story behind each breed's ancestry, and does so in a manner that will make you want to turn the page. This book was written in a unique manner, which results in drawing you into each story. Excellent read, and I would definitely recommend it to horse lovers.
This was one of the first books about horses I read when I was a little girl...it is still some 50 years later the one that holds my eye and heart because of its beautiful artwork. Absolutely artfully beautiful, captivating and having survived the ages, a book of love for these magnificent creatures. Give it to that little girl you know who is 'at that stage' where she is madly in love with horses...she will thank you for it over and over.
I was given this book as a gift many, many years ago as a pree-teen. The illustrations are gorgeous. I would spend hours reading about the breeds and looking at the pictures. I even received colander with these beautiful pictures that Christmas. Every time I see a picture of the cover I get a warm fuzzy feeling. I gave a copy to my daughter. It's a perfect gift for a young horse lover. I hope it stays in print forever!
This is one of many classic horse books that define my childhood. The short stories of the different breeds of horses still bring to life the characteristics that will make the seasoned equestrian to the twit who thinks a pony is a baby horse smile and appreciate the beauty and history that is the horse.
I checked this book out of my school library in fourth grade the same year I started riding horses. I loved it so much that I stole it by hiding it on my parents' bookshelves behind their books and saying I left it on the bus and couldn't find it. I waited until the school year was over to retrieve it, and it's still on my bookshelf today. I don't regret a thing.
This is such a trip down memory lane. I had this book as a little girl and fell in love with it. I had developed a love of horses, after reading Black Beauty & the Black Stallion books. I memorized all the details about the different names and breed characteristics. This was a much loved and well worn volume.
I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. This is an excellent read on types of horses. I read this book religiously as a child, and had forgotten how good it was. The descriptions are excellent, and the drawings and art-work is so lovely. You always get the best with Ms Henry!
These marvelous books wouldnt be the same without the collaboration of the incomparable illustrations by Wesley Dennis.had to re-read with maddie after watching the Nature program on the Lippiza horses.