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message 1: by Eastofoz (new)

Eastofoz Could anyone recommend books about horses for the 10-14 year old group and the 5/6 year old group (a board book or a lift the flap book would be great)? My oldest son son loves the Black Stallion series as well as the Misty of Chincoteague series and he's read Black Beauty. I'm looking for another series or a standalone.

Dk publishing seems to have some interesting non-fiction ones about horses. The Encyclopedia of the Horse caught my eye and I was wondering if it was any good. It has good ratings and I've never been disappointed with DK Pub books.

Any recommendations would be appreciated :)


The Encyclopedia of the Horse by Elwyn Hartley Edwards The Black Stallion Returns (The Black Stallion, #2) by Walter Farley Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Black Beauty (Abridged) by Anna Sewell


message 2: by Manybooks (last edited Jul 08, 2011 04:04AM) (new)

Manybooks | 7236 comments Mod
Marguerite Henry (who wrote the Misty series) wrote many horse stories. One of my personal favourites from when I was a child (and it won the Newberry award) is King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, which is a historical novel about the Godolphin Arabian (one of the alleged founding sires of the English Thoroughbred). Definitely worth checking out (although I think there might be some rather dated, politically incorrect parts, I've not read this since I was about ten, I'll have to reread it). Henry also wrote many other books, I've always wanted to read Justin Morgan Had a Horse and White Stallion of Lipizza.


message 3: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7236 comments Mod
If you can find a copy of this (it's been out of print for ages), Horses is a wonderful, clear and informative book on some of the different horse breeds. I had a copy of this when I was a teenager, and I loved this book, clear, concise, with great colour photographs.


message 4: by Eastofoz (new)

Eastofoz Thanks Gundula :) My guy's read King of the Wind but not the others. I'll check them out :D


message 5: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7236 comments Mod
Eastofoz wrote: "Thanks Gundula :) My guy's read King of the Wind but not the others. I'll check them out :D"

I think Walter Farley has also written a book about the famous American race horse Man o' War Man O'War (it might be interesting for your oldest boy, especially if he liked the Black Stallion series). Another book that I want to read sometime is War Horse, although I think that might be a rather sad story, similar to Black Beauty.


message 6: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7236 comments Mod
Two more classics that I want to read:

My Friend Flicka (this won the 1961 Newbery)


The Silver Brumby (I've read this in German, and loved it, but I've not read it in English, it's about wild horses in Australia, and I think there are also sequels).


message 7: by Eastofoz (new)

Eastofoz He has "Man O War" and he didn't like "My Friend Flicka" --I think that was the only horse themed one he didn't enjoy.

I'll check out The Silver Brumby! Thanks!


message 8: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7236 comments Mod
One picture book (not about horses, but about maple sugaring) that features two simply wonderful horses and might be a great book for your younger boy (although it's a very gentle book, with not much excitement) is Sugaring (I loved both the text and the illustrations and how the grandfather sees his two horses as partners and friends, not as resources to be exploited and used). There are other books featuring this family (grandmother, grandfather and granddaughter) which I have not yet read, although I really want to read them soon, especially No Foal Yet (the title reminds me of when we used to sleep in the barn at night when our horses were about to give birth to their foals, it was/is miraculous).


message 9: by Manybooks (last edited Jul 09, 2011 07:04AM) (new)

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Another book for young adults that I personally really enjoyed is Another Kind Of Cowboy by Canadian author Susan Juby. It deals with horseback riding (Alex realises that he would rather ride dressage than Western), but also with dysfunctional family situations, boarding school woes etc. One caveat though, if you have problems with the themes of homosexuality and/or teenage sexuality and drug use, the book does feature these themes (Alex, for instance, realises that he is gay, and there is also speculation that his two dressage male coaches are a couple). I really loved this story, but you might consider reading it first on your own before deciding wether you think it's appropriate reading material for your son. It is definitely a book for young adults, above age twelve or fourteen, in my opinion.


message 10: by Eastofoz (new)

Eastofoz The Sugaring one sounds really good and no Foal Yet sounds quite cute. I don't think he'd be interested in the other one--he really only likes the adventure kind of theme. Thanks again for all these great recs!


message 11: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7236 comments Mod
Eastofoz wrote: "The Sugaring one sounds really good and no Foal Yet sounds quite cute. I don't think he'd be interested in the other one--he really only likes the adventure kind of theme. Thanks again for all the..."

I would consider Another Kind Of Cowboy more as a family story, and it's definitely one for young adults interested in dressage riding (but there certainly is not much of an adventure type of story, more of a typical teenage angst type of tale). Hope you find some suitable books (and check my bookshelves too, I have a whole shelf of "horse stories" some though are in German and Swedish).


message 12: by Eastofoz (new)

Eastofoz Will do!


message 13: by An (new)

An (banno8) | 6 comments I am not surprised that a child did not like My Friend Flicka (Mary O'Hara) , though made into a movie (roddy Mcdowell played Ken) and a children's tv series- also a recent movie - it is written for adults and has adult content as r Thunderhead and Green Grass of Wyoming which continue the story.


message 14: by An (new)

An (banno8) | 6 comments as a child, i read many books about horses. I especially liked those by cw anderson -- which were beautifully illustrated. they also appeal to different age groups, but r intended for children:
http://www.equitainment.com.au/factsh...


message 15: by An (new)

An (banno8) | 6 comments there r other books by marguarite henry -- many beautifully illustrated by wesley dennis. most r for children but some r more mature. u can tell by the # of illustrations
http://www.paperbackswap.com/Margueri...


message 16: by An (new)

An (banno8) | 6 comments here is goodread's list
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/13...

these seem more recent.


message 17: by An (new)

An (banno8) | 6 comments books i still remember as enjoying r
silver snaffles, pony jungle, lost horse (glenn balch more middle school or high school:
http://balchipedia.wikidot.com/glennb...


message 18: by An (new)

An (banno8) | 6 comments walter farley's book the black stallion series being very famous -- more middle school level. also wrote island stallion series.


message 19: by Eastofoz (new)

Eastofoz Thanks for the suggestions :-)


message 20: by Christine (new)

Christine | 36 comments For grades 5-8:

I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts
Blood Red Horse (The de Granville Trilogy, #1) by K.M. Grant Green Jasper (The de Granville Trilogy, #2) by K.M. Grant Blaze of Silver (The de Granville Trilogy, #3) by K.M. Grant
The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby , Belladonna by Mary Finn , Firehorse by Diane Lee Wilson , A Horse of Her Own by Annie Wedekind
Belladonna is new to my library and I haven't gotten any feedback on it. On all the others I have gotten very positive feedback. The Ginny Rorby book has been especially well received. My horse books are especially popular with girls, though. The K. M. Grant books and the Katherine Roberts book are probably the best boy bets.


message 21: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear | 1501 comments Marguerite Henry's Misty Inn for the younger end of the range - 8-10 maybe?

(bumping this so I remember to consult the lists).


message 22: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear | 1501 comments Black Beauty apparently still appeals to horse loving girls. I got niece #2 a graphic novel (with the original text in the back) for Christmas and she can't put it down!


message 23: by Manybooks (last edited Dec 28, 2020 12:37PM) (new)

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QNPoohBear wrote: "Black Beauty apparently still appeals to horse loving girls. I got niece #2 a graphic novel (with the original text in the back) for Christmas and she can't put it down!"

Black Beauty is a personal favourite, but I actually am glad that I first read it in my twenties and not as a child, as I think the abuse and neglect Black Beauty and especially Ginger suffer would have really gotten to me emotionally when I was younger (especially since we bred horses and did a lot of riding). And while I did enjoy Anna Sewell's Black Beauty : the graphic novel, the visuals of horses being abused and n particular Ginger’s dead body being carted away, yes, that really made me cringe (and this as an older adult reader).


message 24: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear | 1501 comments I warned my niece Black Beauty might be upsetting. Then she asked if the horse was beaten. I didn't pre-read the graphic novel but she seems Ok with it. Black Beauty is the version I gave her. It has the original text in the back. The graphic version is a tiny portion of the book. I flipped through it and I didn't see anything that I thought would upset her. She's not a sensitive kid like her cousin. (Her brother is zombie boy).


message 25: by Beverly, Miscellaneous Club host (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) | 2334 comments Mod
Lisa wrote: "I can’t help but suggest Windsor Heights Book Series. All true stories and every chapter is illustrated. The stories are full of horses and other animals. Written for middle readers but hold the at... If this post is not allowed here by authors please delete "

You are correct Lisa. Authors are allowed to promote their own books in the Authors/Publishers/Promotional folder in this group only. Please feel free to start a topic in that folder to promote your series of horse books.


message 26: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6250 comments Mod
QNPoohBear wrote: "Black Beauty apparently still appeals to horse loving girls. I got niece #2 a graphic novel (with the original text in the back) for Christmas and she can't put it down!"

Wonderful!


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