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  • Item #: 052226
    ISBN: 9780753474594
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    So, why add another animal encyclopedia to this section when there are already two here from other well-known publishers? Well, this one is just different, and different in some very appealing ways! First of all, it is hardcover, which makes it a little more durable (yet more expensive) than the DK encyclopedia. But the primary reason for the difference is in its organization, which makes it more navigable next to a zoology or biology course. Although a similar number of animals are covered here as in the DK volume (about 2,000), they are more extensively organized, as you can see if you check out our table of contents images online. The breakdown mirrors common biological classifications, including simple animals, cnidarians, flatworms/roundworms, segmented works, mollusks, arachnids, crustaceans, centipedes/millipedes, insects, echinoderms, chordates, cartilaginous fish, bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and finally, mammals. Within each chapter, two-page spreads examine one sub-group in depth, such as "catfish and electric eels" in the bony fish chapter. If you flip to that spread, you'll find a short introduction to the sub-group, followed by a handful of examples of specific species within that group presented in short blocks of text with some basic information, the scientific name, distribution and size. In comparison, the DK volume is organized alphabetically by general animal group, such as "bats." If you flip to the page(s) on bats, you'll also meet a variety of different bat species, complete with lovely full-color photos similar in quality to what you will find here. Both are excellent resources, and endlessly appealing to browsing as well as use as a reference or curriculum supplement. Your choice may just depend on how you want to use the guide, and which type of organization you prefer. On a side note, while this is from a secular viewpoint, evolution is not covered in any amount of depth here; the emphasis is really on the animals! 320 pgs, hc. Jess

  • Item #: 002219
    ISBN: 9780890515150
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.75

    If you're looking for a fun yet fact-filled supplement about or introduction to dinosaurs from a Christian point of view, check out this book by Earl and Bonita Snellenberger. Besides captivating, biblically/scientific based facts and information, this activity book includes toys to make, games to play, puzzles, puppets, dot-to-dots, tangram puzzles, and mazes. The black and white illustrations throughout the book are perfect for coloring. The book includes tons of information about what makes a dinosaur, how fossils are made and restored, the history of dinosaurs and fossil hunting, faults in the evolution theory, Creation (in six, 24-hour days), the different types of dinosaurs and features their bodies had, Noah's flood, and more. The information is plentiful and, with the dozens of accompanying hands-on activities, students will have lots of fun as they learn the basics about dinosaur life and the different types of dinosaurs. As a bonus, a glossy, 2-page poster is included that pictures and identifies some of the most amazing dinosaurs. The book is not reproducible, so any patterns that must be cut out have a blank back and students can color, complete puzzles, and read directly from the book. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 043854
    ISBN: 9781600924354
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.25

    How about a trip to the zoo? - the seal tank is a lot of fun, and most of us can't wait to see the big cats, right? The fun is sometimes spoiled by only one thing (other than sunburn and ice cream spilled on your shorts, that is): the evolutionary descriptions that are so commonplace on the info plaques. While that is not worth canceling your trip for, it can spoil it a little, as you read through paragraph after paragraph of assumptions and unsubstantiated theories. So take the Zoo Guide with you! Packed with info and colorful photos, more than 100 animals are detailed through aspects of their individual design, their specific features, fun facts, and related family members. A fact file for each animal also gives information on class, order, family, genus/species, size, weight, original diet, present diet, and habitat. Published by Answers in Genesis, these guides promote a 6-day creationist point-of-view, and use a few pages in introduction to briefly discuss this perspective. Each animal's information includes a full-color photo highlights on God's design in the animal, features, fun facts, and biological data such as the animal's class, genus, size and habitat. –Zach

  • Item #: 018383
    ISBN: 9780890515006
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95
    Whether you’re planning a trip to the zoo or would like to complete an animal study within the comfort of your own home, this creation-based resource provides you with lots of information, tips, and activities for a fascinating look at 27 different animals. The book speaks to the user in either situation; however, it certainly leans toward the zoo-goer. The hardcover “field-trip-in-a-book” houses a spiral bound book as well as a “tool kit” – a pouch in the back cover holding additional materials. The book is divided into the following four sections: Before the Zoo, At the Zoo, After the Zoo, and Appendices. In the Before the Zoo section, you’ll become acquainted with the Complete Zoo curriculum, utilize the planning calendar and supplies list if you are taking a trip to the zoo, and enjoy 7 devotionals meant to prepare you for the trip and the amazing creatures God has designed. The At the Zoo section is the heart of the book. Here there are a couple of pages with information about field assignments (assigning children to different roles at the zoo – photographer, trail finder, etc.), field journals, and tips for behavior while at the zoo. Then it’s on to the animals! The 27 animals detailed are organized in 5 tabbed sections - birds, paws and claws, hooves, reptiles, and amphibians. There are 2-3 pages devoted to each of the 27 animals. These pages include lots of interesting text about unique characteristics/design, behavior, and lifestyle as well as photographs, fun facts, and a map showing where in the world the animal lives. The After the Zoo section holds several reproducible follow up activities for younger ages, intermediate students, and advanced students including matching exercises, word searches, coloring pages, and other activities to complete using the materials found in the tool kit. In the Appendices section, you’ll find helpful resources such as scripture verses to memorize, educator notes for parents/teachers, and a glossary. Throughout the entire book you’ll enjoy lots of colorful photographs of a variety of animals.

    The Tool Kit holds 4 different resources. First, there is a field card for each animal covered in the book. These cards hold general statistics for the animals, including how big, how heavy, diet, habitat, life span, special features, and more. Each statistic appears in the same order on all of the cards for easy comparison and information gathering. Next there are 7 biome cards, each with a picture of the biome on the front (along with a map showing where in the world that biome exists) and information on the back. Thirdly, there are 3 field journals included with the book (a reproducible form is included in the book in case you need more than 3). These “journals” are pamphlet-sized and made out of cardstock (an 8.5” by 8.5” sheet folded in half). The journal features 32 boxes to fill out on the trip to the zoo (or on the trip through the book!). The students record the type of animal, write its name in the blank, and draw or describe any special features in the blank space. Lastly, there are 12 name badges, which are glossy cardstock and feature space for the student’s name as well as their field assignment. All in all, this curriculum offers a great way to expand your trip to the zoo and does an excellent job of dispelling evolutionary myths about God’s creation and instead pointing to our wonderful Creator. – Melissa

  • Item #: 014569
    ISBN: 9780756619725
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.45

    Although most Dorling-Kindersley books are known for their gorgeous photography and eye-catching layouts, this encyclopedia is downright amazing. It is packed to the gills with close-up photos of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, with plenty of fascinating details on every one. The first part of the book presents general animal topics, including classification, senses, communication, camouflage, birth and growth, habitats, ecology and much more. The second part of the book, which is the largest portion, presents over 2,000 animal species, organized alphabetically by common name. I love this aspect, as it makes it very easy for children to look up the animals they are familiar with, whether they are dogs or penguins. A variety of species for that general name are presented within, so children can see the diversity that exists within each animal group. Most topics and animals are given a two-page spread which features a mix of general text, captioned full-color photos and illustrations, and often a striking, full-page photo of the animal as well. Fact boxes scattered throughout offer a succinct list of information on animal family, habitat, distribution, food, and approximate size for each group of animals. Although enjoyable purely for browsing, an index and glossary are also included. This "feast for the eyes" could easily capture the attention of your resident animal-lover for hours! 376 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 068070
    ISBN: 9781612128887
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

     Wild for horses…and this book too! I would have loved this book as a horse-crazy young girl. Not just pretty pictures, this collection of equestrian glamour shots is packed full of fun facts about 50 different breeds of horses, the meaning of horsey behaviors, historical horse events and more, all on the backside of each photo. The colorful photos throughout are gorgeous and just wanting to be hung up in any equine enthusiast’s room! Book includes pull-out pages of 24 small (12”x 10”) posters, 2 large (12”x 30”) posters, and 24 punch-out flashcards with breed profiles on the back. 50 pgs, sc. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 067913
    ISBN: 9781618931535
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.16

      The Animal Kingdom is one of the most fascinating aspects of planet earth. Millions of species exist: flying, walking, and swimming on our planet. This visually stunning book may not capture them all, but it certainly hits the highlights! Inside are over 2,500 animals, complete with over 1,000 color photographs. This vast array begins with introducing the Animal Kingdom and is divided into convenient chapters: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Arthropods, and Other Invertebrates. Chapters are loosely organized into sub-sections such as “Big Cats,” “Dogs, Wolves, and Foxes,” etc. While the book’s main strength is the incredible visual presentation, each page contains brief entries providing a concise animal overview, a “card” with the common & scientific name, size, habitat, and food preferences. Rounding out entries are concise “About Me”, “Fun Facts,” “ROAR,” and “Surprisingly Human” boxes to maintain reader interest. An excellent choice for any “general interest” animal lover!

  • Item #: 067239
    ISBN: 9781600630668
    Retail: $10.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.50

     God is in the details! Animals show us God’s handiwork and lead us to worship. Divided into mammal, reptile, bird, sea creature and insect sections; gorgeous, detailed, full-color photography and drawings pack this book. For each animal (modern day unique and some Biblical), descriptions and related Biblical references pinpoint the animal’s beauty, uniqueness, and God’s complex design. Additional pages include special considerations: Scripture’s sorting of animals, metamorphosis, symbiosis, and more. Scripture from NKJV, 8 1/2"x 11 1/4", 92 pgs, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 066994
    ISBN: 9781591937272
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.50

       In the same series as Nature Log and Bird Log, the Bug Log gives young naturalists a place to record insect sightings. There are 30 two-page log entries, where kids can record the name of the bug, the date/time, season, weather, location, visual details, sounds, additional notes and a drawing of the bug. The last portion of the journal includes 8 pages for additional photos or artwork plus 8 bug coloring pages. 5.5” x 8.5” and spiral-bound.

  • Item #: 065451
    ISBN: 9781937200831
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.50

       Everything is either living or non-living, and this 8-week study will introduce your student to the systematic way to sort, identify, name and classify all the things on this earth that are alive. Two books are required for use with this study guide: Classifying Living Things and Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth. Students will go through these books chapter-by-chapter and discover the world of living things. Along with these books students will need a pen or pencil, eraser, and colored pencils. Students do the assigned reading and complete the written exercises. Sections 1-3 teach the general information for classifying and sections 4-8 cover each of the five kingdoms.

      The first week students will use Classifying Living Things and begin Tree of Life in the second week. In week one, students do the reading and answer questions. Week two, students read, answer questions, and do a research project on Carolus Linnaeus and write a paragraph about their findings. Week 3 is reading and questions again. Weeks 4 through 8 follow the same format – read and answer questions, choose a single species from the kingdom being studied and classify it, use colored pencils to draw your chosen subject, and write a paragraph describing your subject. There are blank pages at the back of the guide for writing notes. This study is very easy to use, and students will have a good introductory understanding of taxonomy – the classification of living things.

  • Item #: 065083
    ISBN: 9781892033338
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $21.95

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  • Item #: 065082
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    3" x 5.5"

  • Item #: 059368
    ISBN: 9781591935384
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Take your children on an adventure outdoors! Introduce them to the long valued skill of animal tracking. Part instructional and part activity, this workbook explains tracking and how to evaluate an animal track, signs of animal presence, necessary items for tracking, a tracking journal and instructions on preserving a track. Intermingled within this useful instruction are information coloring pages on a variety of common animals, crossword puzzles, mazes and other enjoyable worksheets. A great resource to introduce even the littlest member of your family to one of the mysteries found in nature! Includes answers in the back. Neutral presentation of Science. Non reproducible. 64 pgs. sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 059030
    ISBN: 9781410952226
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Get ready to roar with this fun photo book. Enjoy beautiful color photographs with facts about lions on each page. Your little ones will love learning about where lions live, how they hunt, and much more. A glossary in the back defines vocabulary words, and references for age-appropriate web sites are included for further learning. 24 soft cover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 057009
    ISBN: 9781770851832
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $4.19

    If you're studying caterpillars and butterflies, this would be an incredible resource. It's part field guide, part how-to guide, and it introduces the basics of the caterpillar/butterfly life cycle as well. The first pages show examples of different types of caterpillars and identify caterpillar anatomy. Then readers learn about the life cycle, with photos of a particular moth at each step as an example. The next several pages discuss keeping a caterpillar to observe and how to house and feed it. The remainder of the book introduces kids to caterpillar and butterfly/moth phases of several common species, along with a list of foods in case they would have the opportunity to keep a caterpillar of that species. I really appreciate the abundance of full-color photos throughout, which give the reader lots to look at! 32 pages, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 056730
    ISBN: 9781591866169
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.46

    Identifying birds involves not only our visual sightings. In fact, I would say frequently we hear a bird long before we see it—if we are able to glimpse it at all. Using today's technology, this interactive field guide presents colorful images, descriptive details, "At a Glance" summary and an online accessible file for 100 North American Songbirds. Children and parents will quickly be able to identify that new bird sound. It is easy to get started. One option to access the online files is by using a QR code reader app on your smart phone (one already downloaded or one from the list provided!). Point your phone camera at the printed code box on the individual bird page and take a snapshot. Within the QR code is a digital online address that will link you to an audio file to hear the bird sound. For those without a smart phone, the authors have provided the internet link near the code. Type this address into an internet browser to access the sounds without using smart phone technology. (Internet/3G/4G access required). A handy resource to take your bird watching to the next level! 224 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 053590
    ISBN: 9781935778202
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.36

    While I perused this book, I couldn't help but keep thinking of my sister Janine, who always insisted she was going to be a herpetologist when she grew up. It's an excellent text on reptiles and amphibians, written at a middle-school level and chock-full of not only good, but fascinating information. The first chapter really grabs the reader's attention with brief descriptions of "weird but true" members of the amphibian and reptile families, and the following chapters explore the characteristics of these families, broad groups within each (frogs, salamanders, caecilians, turtles, crocodilians, lizards, snakes, and tuataras), the roles these groups play in ecosystems, reptile and amphibian ecology, past and present uses for reptiles and amphibians, current threats to these groups, reputations and cultural beliefs based on reptiles and amphibians, and conservation efforts related to them. It's a very well-written text that could provide the basis for a reptile and amphibian unit study or that a student very interested in the subject may want to read purely for enjoyment. Black-and-white photos are found on nearly every page spread, and a section of colored plates in the middle provide full-color photos of some species. There are plenty of additional sources listed in the appendix, from books to web sites and lists of related organizations. 250 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 050830
    ISBN: 9780794531133
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.69

    Color and learn about butterflies at the same time with this charming and realistic coloring book. Open this book and you have colorful images of butterflies on one side beside outline images to color with pencils or crayons. The name of each species is at the top of the page along with a sprinkling of butterfly facts. Coloring tips, such as how to shade, are scattered throughout. A variety of plants and flowers add to the colorful backgrounds. Imagine taking this book outside in the sunshine, hoping to see a real butterfly flutter by as you color it's likeness on paper. I can see middle-schoolers enjoying this book as much as little ones. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 040059
    ISBN: 9781936208012
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.23

    As the mom of a budding zoologist, I quickly found that most of the books we read covered the same information…oh, there may have been variations in content or images, but the animal species were nearly identical. I felt like we were always studying the same things. If you ever felt the same way with your little zoologist, I think you will be pleased with this excellent resource. From a Christian perspective, this book introduces children to some of God's unusual animal and plant creations found within nature.

    Written and photographed by a father and son missionary team, the chapters are beautifully photographed and well-written. As a visual learner, I really appreciate how each of the topical chapters is color-coded, meaning that individual life forms studied are presented on uniquely colored pages. The information is presented in a story format and ranges from 3-7 pages per specimen. You and your children will be captivated reading about the Northern Potoo, Jabiru storks, black howler monkeys, monkey-faced orchids (yes - there really is such a flower), the poison dart frog, the Indian piper, the cacao tree, weasel and much more. Scripture references, observations about the marvelous design of our God and scientific names offer a refreshing look our Father's world. Magnificently illustrated with full color photographs, the entire family will be eager to learn more about God's creation. HC. 149 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 034347
    ISBN: 9781580175838
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.86
    Here we have been selling this book for a year, and I never looked at it or realized just how cool it was until now! I love this book (I guess that is why the grade level says "through adult!); it is just about the coolest thing since buttered bread. Maybe even better than that if you're a horse lover like myself. The basics of horse care and riding are all covered, divided into topics such as Grooming, Feeding, Mucking, Safety, Ground Work, Tacking Up, and Riding. Almost every section has a two-page spread with a lot of information, how-to's, and tips. And for all those horse lovers out there that don't have a real horse to practice on, they can do almost everything with this book using the horse play section which guides the reader to do some activity with the stickers. There are four different scenes: in the barn, outside the barn, the tack room, and an outside pasture/arena. Four pages of stickers (which are actually not real stickers, they are more like colorforms - very re-usable, won't rip, go on and come off easily) are included in the middle, and believe me, they thought of everything! There are horses, riders facing both directions, saddles (English and Western), bridles, halters, lead ropes, currycombs, feed and water buckets, cowboy boots, feed, you name it! Because of their stick- and stack-ability, you can combine a bunch of stickers into one very fine creation. The possibilities truly are endless with this activity book! ~ Megan
  • Item #: 029848
    ISBN: 9781626864894
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.25

      This adorable set is a great way for your children to be introduced to human anatomy. The 28 page, oversized book (7.5x14.2”) takes your child on a journey through each part of the human body – Bony Frame, muscles (On the Move), respiratory system (Deep Breath), Blood Flow, Beating Heart, digestive system (Eating), Liver & Kidneys, Brain, Nervous System, Seeing & Hearing, and Skin & Hair. Cute, animated illustrations have a lot of kid-appeal, as they learn about their body. A glossary provides a list of words with definitions that may be new to young students.

      The larger, thick puzzle pieces (28) assemble to make a 38-inch floor puzzle of the human body. Even better, the unique way the pieces fit together allow you to move the limbs. Children can learn to identify the parts on their puzzle, as they read their way through the book. Pieces can be stored in the box attached to the back of the book. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 029316
    ISBN: 9780822595571
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.23

    This fascinating book about silkworms features detailed information on their life cycle, anatomy, food, the silk-making process and the industry today at a level that's both interesting and understandable to young readers. The 48-page book contains interesting and fact-packed text along with lots of close-up, color pictures of silkworms, silkworm moths, and other insects. Would make a great topic book to go along with insect studies, or even unit studies that touch on Asian history and silk-making. - Jess

  • Item #: 026912
    ISBN: 9780486451787
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.50

    If your child just can't get enough horses to read about and color, this "big book" is the perfect gift! This 159-page coloring book includes pages from several other Dover coloring books, including Horses of the World, Ponies of the World, Favorite Horses, and Wonderful World of Horses (see the Coloring books section of General Supplemental Materials for individual horse titles). If you're familiar with Dover coloring books, you already know that the pages feature realistic, detailed pictures, and often some informational text as well.

  • Item #: 006894
    ISBN: 9780785833871
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    Subtitled, A Visual Directory of 100 of the Most Popular Songbirds, this gorgeously illustrated book will quickly become your favorite birding companion! Beginning with an introduction to how, why, when and where birds sing, you will also learn basic backyard birding techniques. After introductory information is an "at a glance" identifier and detailed directory. The directory showcases each bird in a 2-page spread. Birds are gorgeously illustrated with lifelike color and detail. Information provided includes scientific name, common name, rhythmic song flow, migratory locations, habitat, behavior, identification and attract methods. Includes an audio CD of birdsongs (track listed on bird page). This CD and the additional content on attracting birds and creating habitats are the factors distinguishing it from our other product, North American Songbirds (item #056730). Spiral bound with hard board cover. 256 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 006644
    ISBN: 9780794518479
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $28.49
    This book is not a science text, but it will help you with whatever science textbook you are using. It's a comprehensive science reference guide covering physics, chemistry and biology. Each area of focus features color-coded subtopics with significant detail. The chemistry section contains subtopics for general, physical, inorganic, organic, and environmental chemistry. The biology section includes ecology, botany, zoology, human biology, genetics and general biology. The physics section is divided into mechanics, heat, waves, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and general physics.

    We've come to expect compelling color pictures, graphics and charts from Usborne, and this book does not disappoint. Every page has excellent visuals and concise explanations of scientific laws and principles. For example, the biology section includes a subtopic covering the nervous system. The book shows and describes the parts of the neuron including the cell body, the dendrites and the axon. The graphics do an excellent job of showing the interaction between nerve cells and how the chemical neurotransmitters work at the synapse between the cells. You learn the difference between association (or relay) neurons and motor (or instruction) neurons.

    With over 350 pages, a glossary, and complete index, this book makes finding information quick and easy. Use the book to review material already studied, or as additional explanation or clarification of current lessons. - Jerry

  • Item #: 005415
    ISBN: 9780486410593
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.75

    This journal is an excellent take-along for your next outdoor field trip. Filled with exciting facts, this workbook provides helpful descriptions to help you identify 48 common North American birds. Written by nature artist Sy Barlow, this book includes space on each page for a sticker illustration of the bird described, along with fascinating information on bird size, habitat, nesting and eating habits, and number and color of eggs. Additional space is provided for recording the date, time and location of the sighting and other notes. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 003273
    ISBN: 9781426314025
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    Animal enthusiasts will enjoy hours of puzzling fun with this wire-bound activity book. Kids can complete puzzles, do step-by-step drawings, play trivia games, use stencils and stickers, and so much more. Over 75 pages of animal-themed activities will keep kids entertained for hours. Book measures 10” x 12”. ~ Emily G

  • Item #: 001251
    ISBN: 9781885061553
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.50

    By the same publisher as Nature Log, here's one specific to birds. Log sheets ask for particular information, such as wing shape, color, beak shape, etc. This log contains more pages than the Nature Log, and allows bird watchers to keep a running record of birds observed (Life List), and a bird part identification page. It also contains Photo/Artwork pages on which your young naturalist can paste a picture, draw a bird, paste a photo, or glue feathers from observed specimens.

  • Item #: 000845
    ISBN: 9780763658175
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.36

    Poor worms! They never get any respect. Worms are slithery, slimy, wiggly…and yucky. This picture book aims to change this attitude by pointing out the many fine attributes of these earth-burrowing creatures. Throughout the pages, a gardener grandmother shows her grandson the great things that worms do such as fertilizing soil and helping gardens "breathe" by loosening the dirt. She also provides an anatomy lesson on the parts of a worm. Delightful color pencil and gouache illustrations enliven the story, and diagrams and fun facts appear throughout. A "How to be a Wormologist" section at the back provides tips for spotting and handling worms. 30 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 000431
    ISBN: 9780789489821
    Retail: $22.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Honestly, of all the books about horses that I've ever seen, this is the one that I would consider the horse Bible. This was the first horse book that I ever owned and through it I got one of the most wonderful horses in the world - but more about that later. The lengthy introduction covers horse breeds, types, temperaments, relatives, conformation, life cycle, color patterns, markings, gaits, sporting and working events, saddles, bridles, bits, origins and more. These pages are packed full of information, pictures, illustrations, etc. The meat of the book is devoted to discussing over 100 individual horse breeds, divided into three sections: ponies, light horses, and heavy horses. Most breeds receive a two-page spread and a plethora of information about that breed including environment, origin, temperament, breeding, characteristics, colors, and uses. Pages also include a map section with a highlighted area of the region the horse originated from, a key showing the types of horses which influenced the breed and the traits that they passed to it, and a silhouette illustration of the horse standing next to a 6' tall man for size comparison along with size ranges. Front and center, of course, is a photograph of the horse which takes up the majority of the page with distinctive points of conformation marked out to assist with breed identification. The end pages include a glossary of equine lingo that not all are familiar with and an index so you can flip back to your favorite breed easily until you have the page memorized. This book was also my art inspiration (horses are the only thing I draw at all well), and I often took this book with me as a guide when I was drawing - my goal was to draw all the breeds, but I never got that accomplished! Besides educating me, this book did something else for me - it was in this book I saw my first picture of a Friesian (pg. 116!!) and then and there I decided that I had to have one at some point in my life (not knowing at the time how expensive they are). I had never even touched one before last spring where, because of this book, I decided that I would do my required internship (for the horse program I was in) at a Friesian breeding facility. I had never seen one up close, but they were still on my mind, so I located a farm up in Minnesota. After two weeks there my dreams came true - my bosses gifted me with an almost two-year old Friesian cross (that's right, he's only half Friesian, but he is gorgeous!) which I named Tonto. It was truly one of the most amazing things that ever happened to me and, of course, I owe it to God and this amazing book! ~ Megan