My Kingdom for a Horse
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My Kingdom for a Horse

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A gorgeously illustrated anothology of horse poems.

No saddle,
bridle, bit
for me,
I grip my
pony's mane,
and we
are one,
--from "My Pony" by Ruth Feder

Joyous colts gallop through snowy fields. Mystical white horses canter in the moonlight. From the wonder of a new-born foal to the quiet grace of a beloved mare at pasture, horses capture our imagination lik...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Well I will say that I usually enjoy poetry but a whole book of poetry about nothing but horses was a little much for me. Yes given the title should have been a dead give away it wasn't. Some of the poems were really good and there were others that I didn't care much for but given I do live in the Bluegrass state and the home of Keeneland and the Kentucky Derby the poems were very appropriate.

My favorite: The Unicorn
The Unicorn with the long white horn
Is beautiful and wild.
He gallops across the...more
Victoria Long
This poetry book has impressively included twenty five poems all related to horses. Betty Anne Schwartz has compiled poems from carousels to race horses to unicorns. Even poems referencing horses, comparing clouds and waves to horses. A child very interested in horses and ponies would love this to introduce poetry. The child would have to be very interested in horses though, as it is 45 pages of equine poetry. Alix Berenzy has very impressive artwork, but it does not quite work with the poetry....more
Betty Ann Schwartz did a miraculous job in My Kingdom for a Horse. Being from the horse capital of the world, of course I chose to review a book of poems about horses when given the chance. The pictures in this book are just phenomenal. The pictures are dark and mysterious all thought the book which i think is really neat. Being a personal nanny, watercolored books that use darker colors the children automatically think that they are going to be a bit scary. So, i chose to read a few of them to...more
Sarah Prekopa
A wonderful collection of horse poems by various authors but all illustrated by Alix Berenzy, this anthology is surely a delight for any horse lover. Poems about strong horses, foals, the horses of the sea, mystical horses along with many others is collected in this book.

I chose this book off the shelf because of the beautiful and capturing front cover illustration. Done in what looks like charcoals and pastels, the vibrant colors of the pastels are enhanced by the dark charcoals, giving the il...more
Erin Prosser
When i picked up this book, the beautiful pastel colors and detailed illustrations on the cover immediately caught my eye. I also couldn't help but see the horse, which interested me alot. So i decided it would be my book i would read for my Poetry Shelf.

In My Kingdom for a Horse by Alix Berenzy, the collection of poems about horses is very beautiful and shows the reader about all different kinds of horses. I also thought it was really cool how Berenzy picked different poems about different kin...more
Oct 02, 2012 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
I feel like great poems get past over all the time. Either people look at them as being too short to actually have any interest too them or, they may miss getting to flip through multiple pages that you don't normally find with a poem. Betty Ann Schwartz did an excellent job collecting various poems about horses and putting them all together in one book for readers to enjoy. A lot of times if we do read a poem about something, we do not feel the need to seek out other poems regarding the subject...more
Joseph Seo
This book had different poems about horses and it was really good. The illustration was amazingly drawn. It has a unique and interesting style. My favorite poem in this book is The Unicorn by William Jay Smith. It was written really well and I loved the imagery in this poem. I also loved the rhyme scheme this poem had. I feel like this book is more for the older kids than the younger kids. The poems in the book seems to have an older tone to it. I feel like children might get bored reading all o...more
Christina Mathers
My Kingdom for a Horse is an anthology of poems about horses. It was edited by Betty Ann Schwartz and illustrated by Alix Berenzy in 2001. There are a little over twenty different author's poems in this book. The jacket of this book is beautifully made. It shows a girl with long hair riding on a horse through water. This book offers a Table of Contents with a list of the poems and what pages they are on. Each poem is about a page long, but some have pictures that take up half of two pages with t...more
My Kingdom for a Horse by Alix Berenzy was an AMAZING example for a poetry book! I really enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend this book to any teachers looking to read aloud to their students. This book really grabbed my attention because of the amazing horses that it shows and describes. I think it would be extremely easy for students to make several connections to this book because of several different reasons. All students love animals! It is very easy to discuss and even do exerci...more
Holly Smith
"My Kingdom for a Horse" is a collection of poems about horses from many different authors. This one was harder to read because I wanted it to be more like a story, then just separate poems. The illustrations in this book left to the imagination while reading the poems though. While you could see part of the image it was a clear, painted picture they were still wonderful to look at.

To use this in the classroom, I would do it a couple of different ways. I would read the poems aloud to the studen...more
What an amazing poetry book! I LOVE IT! The reason I chose to read my Kingdom for a Horse is because I am from the horse Capital, Kentucky and I also own horses myself. Most children have learned or heard about the Derby, Church Hill Downs, and Keenland so I feel as if this book would be perfect for my classroom. Most students probably have seen the horse’s run here in the horse capital and I believe my students could make connections with the poems. These poems are beautifully written and captu...more
Melanie Richmond
This was my Poetry book.

I really enjoyed this book. For my own classroom, I would probably relate it to horse racing and how much that has affected our state. The poems use such great imagery, and the illustrations are beautiful. I would definitely use this in my classroom.
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