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Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World

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From their earliest evolution to the invention of the “horseless carriage,” this picture book captures how—for much of human history—horses powered the world!

For thousands of years, horses and humans lived, worked, and played together, side by side. From the time they were first domesticated to the invention of the wheel, saddle, bit, and bridle; horses brought far-flung
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by Harry N. Abrams
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Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This is an interesting history of how people have interacted with horses from ancient times until the present. The front end papers depict 33 horse breeds (illustrations, not photos) and where they originated. Thermes discusses how different cultures used the horse--either for transport, for war, or for agriculture. In cities before mechanized vehicles, she shows that horses pulled all sorts of commercial or private vehicles. Then she discusses how the introduction of mechanized vehicles impacte ...more
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
A brief and colorful history of horses, their domestication, and their relationship with humans. Jennifer Thermes expertly presents all of the information with sweet watercolor, ink, and pencil spreads to engage readers of all ages. She does not leave out the more problematic aspects of horse history, such as the use of horses in war or the manure pollution in the streets, but she somehow manages to deliver these statements without judgement and appropriately for the younger audience. A good int ...more
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Sep 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Horse and humans have worked together for thousands of years. Although horses are not part of everyday life anymore, humans still wonder at this magnificent animal. The world would be a different place if horses had never existed.”
Horse people would agree that horses are linked to our souls and a necessary part of our world. This book is going to be a great addition to our library. It contains colorful illustrations detailing the history of the horse.
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. “Horses have changed the course of human history more than any other animal in the world.” Love this tribute to horses’ contributions, everything young readers want to know about this favorite animal, I learned so much! Energetic artwork, pleasing format, even endpages are used. Sure to be a hit. Don’t miss the case cover art!
Eileen Winfrey
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet history of the horse. The illustrations really make this book come alive with a balanced mix of info graphics and imagined scenes from history. Perfect for the horse mad elementary student.
Have you ever thought about the influences of horses the anthropocene? An absolute must-read for horse lovers, and a fascinating, lusciously illustrated, fact and map-filled history for anyone.
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Fascinating look at not just the natural history of horses, but the major impact horses had on cultural and industrial change.
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
A neat look at how horses have helped humans over time and shaped history. Nicely illustrated text features.
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4 stars for this informational book about the history of horses
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Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful and informative picture book about the ways humankind has horses have been intertwined through the ages. I especially found Thermes's illustrations charming and sensitive. Well done. ...more
Edward Sullivan
A colorfully illustrated, attractively designed, informative introduction to the immense impact horses had on human civilization and history.
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Each new fact we add to our understanding of an animal, the better we grasp their place in the network of life on our planet. Each animal, like each human, has an effect. Many of them have been impacting our lives before we were born. And they continue to do so.

At a winter camp one year shared with students, we were listening to a lecture about horses. We were close to a horse, closer than many of the gals and guys (including me) had ever been. One piece of information has stayed with me for de
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JENNIFER THERMES is a children’s book author, illustrator, and map illustrator. Her recent nonfiction picture books include CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE and GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. She has also created maps for books such as Thornghost, The Emperor’s Ostrich, and The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. Her latest book, MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND (Abra ...more

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