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The Horse's Haiku

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Paired with Stan Fellows's splendid illustrations, Michael J. Rosen's resonant haiku is a gift to anyone who loves horses, nature, or poetry.

From field to stable, from rest to riding, poet Michael J. Rosen captures the nature of horses with spare and graceful haiku. Filled with Stan Fellows's evocative artwork, this collection celebrates the beauty of horses while peaceful
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Candlewick Press

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Considering that horses have always been amongst my very favourite animals, I was seriously hoping and praying that Michael J. Rosen's The Horse's Haiku would be both textually (poetically) and illustratively right up my proverbial alley so to speak (and would thus in no way be a personal disappointment). And yes indeed, I can definitely and with absolute certainty and pleasure state and claim that The Horse's Haiku is a truly wonderful and lyrical celebration of the horse, with Michael J. Rosen ...more
Stephanie Bange
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fifth installment of Rosen's haiku series focuses on the ever-favorite horse. This time he has divided up his 5-7-5 syllable haiku poems into four sections: In the Field (10 poems that flow one into the other and loosely make up a story), At the Barn (11 poems that loosely tell a tale), and Under Saddle (12 poems that show the horse's majesty). There is a bonus haiku in back, with brief thoughts from the author.

With some poems sharing a two-page spread, plenty of them have their own two-pag
Cindy Dobrez
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rosen continues his animal haiku exploration with a collection of horse poems. The poems are lovely small moments in a horse's life, stellar examples of haiku. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and suit the poems. This collection will span a wide age range of readers who love horses. It would make a nice gift book for the rider in your life.
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Prolific poet Michael J. Rosen (author/editor of over 100 books) here turns his attention to horses. Rosen uses the poetry form of haiku to address three aspects of domesticated horses’ lives: unfettered in the field, comfortably installed in the barn, and partnering with a rider in the saddle. The watercolor illustrations are gorgeous.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book of haiku poetry focuses solely on horses and their daily lives. Starting with their time in the field as young foals, the poems include dust baths, rainwater pools, and dappled shade. Moving into the barn, readers get to see humans interacting with horses, feeding them apples, and going on a ride together. The next chapter of poems has an even greater focus on riding, galloping and jumping.

The poems capture the beauty and grace of horses, the unique relationships they have with the peo
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Softly-colored watercolor illustrations complement 33 haiku that celebrate the splendor of horses. The poems are divided into different sections: "In the Field" and "Under Saddle," and readers will be hard pressed to decide whether they love the poetry or the illustrations the best since both work together so well, capturing the essence of this most noble of beasts. My favorite lines were these: "frozen hoofprints stamp / into the fossil record / of February" (unpaged). Readers and aspiring poet ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It would be too easy to skim through this and not absorb its beauty. Slow down and really read these lovely poems with even lovelier watercolor paintings. Quiet wow.

frozen hoofprints stamp
into the fossil record
of February

(painting is smudged horseshoe prints in the snow -- gorgeous)
The paintings are stunning and full of emotion. The poems are beautiful the word choice in several is amazing.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely collection of haiku poems chronicling small moments in the daily lives of horses. Beautiful watercolor illustrations. A delight for horse and poetry lovers.
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection of haiku about horses is organized into three sections: In the Field, At the Barn, and Under Saddle. Watercolor illustrations on each page allow the reader’s eye to graze while the mind contemplates the sparse verse. A note on haiku concludes the collection and teaches the reader how to enjoy haiku in everyday life. The Horse’s Haiku would be suitable for a read aloud for younger children, or as a read along as part of a larger poetry unit for older elementary students.
I'm not as much of a horse person, so the theme here didn't reach me as well. But those horse lovers out there (of all ages) will probably LOVE these. And the illustrations are beautiful.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Rosen's Website should provide all this and more. It's
Nonetheless: Michael J. Rosen is an American author and illustrator with over 120 books of fiction, nonfiction, humor, picture books, poetry, and more. With a strong interest in nature and animals, reflecting his animal behavior degree from Ohio State University, Rosen resides within a peaceful crease of Central Ohio