This nonfiction picture book about horses has a fresh focus: how people over the ages have decorated horses in special ways. Organized into three categories—warfare and hunting, performance and competition, performance, and ceremony—the book introduces horses such as the chariot-pulling war horse of the Persians to the rose-decorated winner of the Kentucky Derby.
Jeannie Brett studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She has illustrated 16 books including L Is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2001), M Is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2002), and My Cat, Coon Cat (Islandport Press, 2011). She wrote and illustrated Little Maine (Sleeping Bear Press, 2010) and Wild About Bears (Charlesbridge Publishing 2014). She lives in Montana and Maine with her husband and her muse, a Maine Coon Cat.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always loved horses and the relationships between people and animals. When I realized that people had decorated horses over the ages for so many different reasons, I knew other people who love horses would also be interested in this topic.
How did you decide on Jeannie as the artist for your book?
The editor knew her work and sent me samples, which I really liked, so I agreed to have her illustrate the book. She’s done a great job!
Do you have any suggestions for how this book might be used in the classroom?
Yes! Young people enjoy learning about different cultures, and this book could help students decide on a topic to explore in more detail for a report assignment.
For Bailey Boy