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Hello, Horse

Written by Vivian French

Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

Part of the Nature Storybooks Series

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Hello, Horse Review

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2019

Cleverly blending story and information and beautifully illustrated, Hello, Horse captures the best qualities of a horse called Shannon and describes how a very special bond between and animal and a child can be made. Vivian French brief text provides the perfect introduction to the different features of a horse and to details about how a horse should be approached by a child. She explains how to touch and feed a horse and also how to ride one! Catherine Rayner’s illustrations capture the gloss of Shannon’s coat, the sinews of her body and, above all, her characterful expressions which bring her to life perfectly.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for July 2019:

The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr

The Lost Tide Warrior by Catherine Doyle

Owen & the Soldier by Lisa Thompson

Squirm by Carl Hiaasen

Hello, Horse by Vivian French

Hello, Horse Synopsis

A beautifully produced Nature Storybook about horses, by Vivian French with pictures by Kate Greenaway medallist Catherine Rayner. From much-loved author Vivian French and award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner comes a charming new Nature Storybook about horses. Hello, Horse! gently introduces young children to Shannon, a friendly chestnut mare, and offers encouragement to children unfamiliar with or a little nervous of these large, beautiful creatures. The subtext is packed with practical tips, such as the right way to offer an apple, and also covers their behaviour - horses' need for company, for example - and life cycle. Tender words and art combine to create a warm and witty introduction to horses ... from the safety of the page!

Hello, Horse Press Reviews

Tender words and touching art combine to create a warm and witty introduction to horses - all from the safety of the page! - Nursery World

Facts about horses are sprinkled throughout to satisfy inquisitive readers. - ParentTalk

[...] a joy for any small girl or boy. - Newbury Weekly News

Whether they plan to ride a horse or not, young readers will get a great deal of enjoyment from browsing this gorgeous book. - The School Librarian

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ISBN: 9781406382976
Publication date: 01/07/2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406349948
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406382976
Publication date: 1st July 2019
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Farm Animals, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Vivian French

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of  her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed picture  book The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. Vivian teaches on the  illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the  mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. She  lives in Edinburgh. Read further information about Vivian French here.  

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