Horses: Wild & Tame by Iris Volant and Jarom Vogel
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
First Published: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Picture Books, Horses, History
Since horses were first domesticated thousands of years ago, these iconic animals have been a part of human history–they’ve plowed our fields, pulled our carts, fought in our wars and been our beloved companions.
Sometimes I forget that dinosaurs existed. It’s not something I think about very often, because I can’t do much with that thought. It’s sad, and I hope we won’t lose any more animals, though I feel like this is wishful thinking. But anyway, because I forget about the past, I also forget that the animals we see today did not always look like they do now.
The horse, for example, used to be as big as a dog. Can you imagine? If it hadn’t grown, there are so many human inventions that would not have appeared, or maybe they would have, but they would have been very different. How could a horse the size of a dog carry one or more persons? This shows that evolution is quite powerful… and necessary.
So I learned a lot about horses from this book. I had no idea the novel Black Beauty had such a huge impact on populations. I knew it was a classic, and that it was important because of the way it talks about horses, but I guess I didn’t think one single book could influence people to think differently about animals, especially if what they see in their societies is the complete opposite of what they read about.
I love that it’s accessible. I could see a child reading this without he/she having any problems with the language. It’s also extremely interesting, because the facts and info the author chose to include are varied and make the reader think. The illustrations are gorgeous and glorify horses, which are amazing animals. By the way, now I want a Pegasus.
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