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Horses (2011): A Grand Overview, but Read to Yourself First

Patricia Hubbell, Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing! (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2011)

full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.


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A fun overview.

The official Amazon review for this book pegs it for an age range of 4-8, but I read it to my one-year-old this morning and he applauded at the end of it. (No, seriously, he clapped.) From the adult perspective, I thought there were a few places where it faltered—where the rhythm felt forced or it seemed as if the author were reaching for a rhyme (and I am willing to admit this may be because I went into reading it cold, rather than going through it myself a time or two to get the rhythm down before reading it out loud to the kid; “A horse can be black, brown, or bay/palomino, chestnut, gray” was a stumbling point this morning, but reading it now, I can see where to add the caesura to make the rhythm fit, for example; do yourself a favor and read this one to yourself a couple of times before reading it aloud!), but my child’s reaction should tell you everything you need to know about this one. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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