Why Can't Horses Burp?: Curious Questions about Your Favorite Pets

by Nick Crumpton (Author)

Why Can't Horses Burp?: Curious Questions about Your Favorite Pets
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Find answers to everything you've ever wondered about horses in this latest addition to the Curious Questions About Your Favorite Pets series. Can all horses be racehorses? Why do horses wear shoes? And what's the difference between a horse and a pony, anyway? A zoologist explains all of these, and more.Whether you are lucky enough to have a horse of your own or you dream of galloping away on a magnificent steed, Why Can't Horses Burp? is the lively, fact-filled book for you. From horses' desert ancestors to modern-day show ponies, it's certain to satisfy all horse lovers' curiosity.

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Kirkus Reviews

A fun gift or reference book for the newer horse enthusiast. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 5-9)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5—Did you know that horses can't burp? They have special stomach valves to keep food inside while they're galloping. While the book's title may give the impression that a lot of the content will be just as wacky as equine burps, that isn't really the case. Much of the information provides an interesting but fairly straightforward overview of horse history, care, and jobs. Each spread features a theme (such as "History of the Horse") with a related query ("How long have there been horses?"). Along with the answer, additional related facts are found around the page. From famous horses like Alexander the Great's Bucephalus to the differences between horses and ponies, readers are sure to discover new fun facts and tidbits. There is also practical advice such as how to assess a horse's mood based on the position of the ears. The illustrations are quite appealing. The horses, with their varied colors, shapes, tack, and expressive faces, have abundant charm. Even though sequential reading isn't required, the ending of the book may seem abrupt, as readers may be looking for a wrap-up conclusion. Back matter includes a glossary of terms (like farrier and curry comb). VERDICT A perfect primer for equine enthusiasts.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State Univ., OH

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An interesting...overview of horse history, care, and jobs... The illustrations are quite appealing... A perfect primer for equine enthusiasts.— "School Library Journal" (4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Thames & Hudson
Publication date
April 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF028000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Humor | General
JNF003110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Horses
Library of Congress categories

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