Yes, I know! I am a day behind! It was that type of day yesterday.
I haven’t done a library pick post in awhile so I thought, “Why not?” It seems it is always nice to find a topic and know you can get most of these books at your local library, and I love to share what we find!
We have been discovering and learning about horses and survival skills over here at the Buckner residence and as I try to get books on subjects, I get to see which subjects my children really dive into, and which ones are just so-so.
For example, though my daughter “likes” horses, she is not a horse fanatic. How can I tell? Well, when we got the unit study on horses (Click here to view more details) and ordered books from the library, she didn’t dive in as much as I thought she may. She has learned some of the information, she has read some of the books, but she didn’t really care about learning THAT much about them. (Maybe it was overload?) We didn’t even finish the unit study we embarked on. I think I learned more out of it in some ways than she did, as far as the history and types of horses there are, but there are many great books out there that go over the basic topics of types of horses, horses in history, how to take care of horses, etc that I thought I would share with you some of our finds! Some of these books I just glanced at, so an over-all picture of each book will be a little bit difficult, but you can always click on them and check them out on Amazon to get a clearer picture of what’s inside!
From what I can remember about this book, it seemed like it had a good amount of history on horses as well as what people use horses for. It had some nice pictures in it.
The Best Horse Ever by Alice DeLaCroix
This was one of the first books my daughter picked up out of our book basket. She liked it and liked the idea of riding horses and possibly taking care of them. The character in this book talks about what it is like to try to own your own horse and become friends with it. This is a good easy-reader type of book.
For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses by Christina Wilsdon
This book is great for girls who want to dig in a bit more about horses and I think it is made for girls above the second grade level. I think my daughter was interested, but not that interested, in reading all the words but as I looked through the book, the information is so valuable to horse-lovers! It went into horses, and taking care of horses, etc. My daughter glanced through, but did not “dive in,” even though she is a grade or two above in reading levels.
The Kids’ Horse Book by Sylvia Funston
I think this was one of my favorites, in a way, because I really liked how this book had interesting information and some fun interactive, thought-provoking pages as well. They add horse jokes, pictures where you have to figure something out, and other things to keep it interesting and lively. The pictures are well done and Artsie was sharing information and jokes with her brothers, which got them slightly interested in it as well. (That always makes a book Mom-approved!)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
My daughter devoured this book. She read it and was able to tell me everything that happened to the poor horse and how he was treated throughout his life. What a sad story! I cried when I read it. It was very interesting and gives all the ways horses were used during a certain time period and how different people treated their horses, whether lovingly or brutally.
Right now we are trying to read through Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry but I think interest is waning so I will put the subject down and pick it up another time, possibly with Monkey.
I got a chance to read through King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian and that was very interesting! A muslim boy who can’t speak but takes care of horses is sent to France with his stallion and it goes through how the horse gets sold to one person, and then another, and how the boy and him are together, with a really neat ending! I think with most fiction horse books always shows the struggle of horses and humans (good and bad), how they work or do not work together, and how they overcome mistreatment.
There are so many other great books out there! This is just the tip of the ice berg. If you live in New York and are part of the Mid-Hudson Library system, all these books are available (though some I still need to bring back to the library!) through the inter-library loan service. If you live elsewhere, they may have it, too, but, if not, hopefully some other great horse books will show up! If you have any horse books that you enjoyed, please let me know in the comments below!
If I have time, I will share the books my son has been getting from the library that go with survival, boy scouts, and camping next week.
Be inspired today!