Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World

by Jennifer Thermes (Author)

Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
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 lands closer together at the speed of a gallop. Trade, agriculture, transportation, and more were expanded in new ways--all made possible by the power of the horse. In dazzling spreads packed with maps, sidebars, and other hidden gems, explore the special connection between horses and humans. Discover how horses evolved and track their migration as they come to live on six continents. See the everyday jobs done by horses for centuries. And consider the profound changes that came about when gasoline-powered engines arrived on the scene. An encyclopedic look at this magnificent animal, Horse Power offers a unique view of world history from the ancient past to today.

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Review quotes

"With colorful illustrations drawn in a child-friendly style, the book intersperses double-page spreads, spot illustrations, and more than a few simplified maps showing small horse figures cavorting on continents." — "Kirkus Reviews"
Jennifer Thermes
Jennifer Thermes is the children's book author and illustrator of Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure and an accomplished map illustrator. She lives in Connecticut.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Harry N. Abrams
Publication date
April 20, 2021
BISAC categories
PET006000 - Pets | Horses
Library of Congress categories
Human-animal relationships
Animals and civilization

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