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Westminster West, Vermont, author Jessie Haas has written numerous acclaimed books for young people, including Unbroken, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, a Parent's Choice Gold Award winner, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and CCBC Choice. One of her recent novels, Shaper, won a Golden Kite Honor Award.
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Everyone knows horse-crazy kids - the 12-year-old who would rather hang out at the stables than at the mall, the 8-year-old who spends every spare minute curled up with a horse book, or the teenager who is more comfortable jumping in the show ring than learning to drive a car. "Horse Crazy!" is a jam-packed treasure chest of a book that will keep horse-obsessed kids (ages eight and up) busy for hours on end. Nearly 400 pages of equine information are divided into three broad sections: In the Saddle (and the Stall and the Show Ring), In the Spotlight: Horses in the Arts, and In the Know: All About Horses. "In the Saddle" offers practical information on working with horses, with all the details and fine points of horse handling that fact-obsessed kids crave. How do Western-style riders hold the reins? Is a helmet always necessary? What makes a rider successful in the show ring? The answers are all here, along with coverage of model horse shows, a look at the world of Thoroughbred racing, tips on how to choose a horse camp, information on career possibilities in the horse world, and much more. "In the Spotlight" sets free the creative impulses of the young horse enthusiast. Kids may want to write horse stories, take a drawing pad and pencil to the stable, or wander around with a camera. Tips and friendly advice give young artists the confidence to get started. "In the Know" teaches kids about equine anatomy and history, horse adoption options, and what horses can safely eat. Every section of "Horse Crazy!" is filled with fun sidebars, breed IDs, crafts to make for friends (equine and human!), amusing facts and bits of lore, horse word roots, movies to see, books to read, and activities to share with horses. There is never a dull moment in the life of a horse-obsessed kid!
When Phin Chase witnesses a violent murder, he knows he must leave town. But no matter how fast he runs and where he hides, there is always someone close behind. Who is it? And what does he want? Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, this adrenaline–laced novel features a horse with the ability to track like a bloodhound, a resilient hero, a mystery that will keep readers hooked, and a relentless chase across a wide swath of the American Midwest. ...
Great adventure book for boys!
Arabian steeds, Lipizzans, Peruvian Pasos, Trotters, and Thoroughbreds--just a few of the 22 magnificent creatures in this mane event. This alphabet book puts everyone in the winner's circle with a herd of horses, a host of horse-riding terms and phrases, and a little horse history and legend. Full-color illustrations.
Here's the book every young rider should own. The first young person's book to deal specifically with safe horsekeeping. Beginning with a review of the nature and instinct of horses, this easy-to-read book moves on to cover safe stables and pastures, secure fences, safe tack, grooming, riding in groups, showing, and more. 100 photos and line drawings.
In clear, concise language, Jessie Haas explains the safety issues surrounding everything form approaching, handling, and leading a horse to tacking, mounting, and riding. Topics covered include: * Creating safe stables and pastures * Checking tack for wear * Tying for safety and comfort * Selecting safety helmets and footwear * Choosing a riding style and an instructor * Loading and trailering * Riding in groups, on roads, and in unfamiliar areas Plus you get valuable information on feeding, saddling, turning out, and even choosing a first horse. Safe Horse, Safe Rider is a must-have for aspiring and experienced riders. Every page offers insight into the nature of horses and how best to work with them for a safe and rewarding experience.
Radish is a feisty pony--and the best teacher Judy has ever had. He teaches her how to ride, and how to go fast and far, and even how to fall off. But most of all, he teaches her to be patient. And when Judy outgrows him, he teaches Nina all the same things, and most of all, how to be brave.But girls grow, and ponies stay the same size. What will Radish do with no one to bully--and to teach? It takes his running away for Judy and Nina to find the perfect solution, one that keeps Radish from being outgrown ever again!
Twins Fran and Kiera agree it would be wonderful to own a pony. One day their father brings them Jigsaw, a Shetland pony who needs a new family. But with Jigsaw comes trouble. The more Fran and Kiera like something, the harder it is for them to share. Illustrations.
Molly and Anna are busy getting their horse Scamper ready for the horse show. Anticipation, anxiety, and excitement are experienced by the horse show participants, and the illustrations capture the characters' warm relationships. Will they win ribbons? They may win one if their costume is clever enough.They may win more if they're good enough riders. But everything depends on whether Scamper behaves himself. Scamper knows what he likes. Scamper does what he wants. And you never know just what Scamper is going to do. . . . Full color.
Nora and Gramp are collecting sap from maple trees to make maple syrup. The horses, Bonnie and Stella, are working hard, too, pulling the heavy sap tank through the snow from tree to tree. This third story about Nora and her grandparents brings the beauty of a Vermont farm in early spring vividly to life.