By: Robin Nelson
Publisher: Lerner Publications
Publication Date: February 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: February 2012
Many "horses are raised on farms." When you look at a picture of a mare, or female horse, who has very round sides she is probably going to have a baby. The father, or male, is called a stallion. It takes eleven months for a baby foal to be born. After it is born it is weak and it "must try a few times before it is strong enough to stand on its own." The mare will lick its baby with her tongue to clean it. They quickly learn to recognize each other when they sniff at each other.
Soon the foal begins to nurse (drink milk) from its mother so it will grow strong and healthy. If there are other foals on the farm they love to "run and jump together" as they play. After a month, the foals start to eat grass and "hay, corn, and oats that the farmer feeds it." They are still nursing at this time. You will also learn when they stop nursing, the age they are when they leave their mother, what a yearling is, when they become a yearling, and what horses are called when they are three-years-old.
This is a very basic, but high interest, beginning nonfiction book that newly independent readers will enjoy. Bold full page photographic illustrations follow a titled paragraph. For example, when we learn about what the gestational period of a horse the simple, bold print reads "A baby horse is born." In the back of the book is an index and glossary. This is one title in the series, "Start to Finish." There are free downloadable educational resources on the publisher's website.
Quill says: This is an excellent book that outlines the growth of a foal to a horse.