From the field to the stable and from riding to rest, Michael Rosen captures what it is to be a horse in haiku poetry. There are three sections each marked by a heading or title to the following haiku. Each one talks about horses, what it does and the surrounding areas. The poems are formatted to make the story flow. These prose poems complete this horse tale. — Jeanette
Paired with Stan Fellows’s splendid illustrations, Michael J. Rosen’s resonant haiku is a gift to anyone who loves horses, nature, or poetry.
From field to stable, from rest to riding, poet Michael J. Rosen captures the nature of horses with spare and graceful haiku. Filled with Stan Fellows’s evocative artwork, this collection celebrates the beauty of horses while peacefully grazing or in all their powerful and dynamic action. Lovers of horses or haiku or those who simply appreciate the natural world will enjoy this contemplation of one of earth’s most beautiful creatures.
About the Author
Michael J. Rosen has written or edited more than 135 books for children and adults, including The Hound Dog’s Haiku and The Maine Coon’s Haiku. A college zoology major, he finds that many of his books are inspired by his lifelong observations of animals. Michael J. Rosen lives in the Appalachian foothills of central Ohio.
Stan Fellows has illustrated several books for children, including John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky and The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Birding Poems by Michael J. Rosen. He lives in Colorado.
In their fourth book of animal haiku, which began with 2009’s The Cuckoo’s Haiku, Rosen and Fellows pair crisp, contemplative haiku with sumptuous watercolors that reflect the strength and beauty of horses, as well as the bond between the animals and the humans who care for them...It’s a majestic collection that should leave readers spellbound, especially those devoted to horses themselves. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A collection of haiku with a horse theme is paired with watercolors in this picture book...Altogether a fresh and masterful contribution to the genres of both haiku and horse. —Kirkus Reviews
Full of light and shadows, the impressionistic watercolor-and-pencil illustrations capture the reflective tone of the verse. Occasionally they also clarify the literal meaning of a poem, enhancing the experience for young readers. This handsome volume of verse will resonate with poetry lovers who dream of horses. —Booklist
Fellows’s watercolor illustrations reflect seasonal and time changes and depict a lot of movement and expression effortlessly. The artwork even conveys more dramatic moments with ease such as a horse leaping over a hedge. The poems all work together but can also stand alone. A beautifully illustrated collection of haiku for fans of horses and poetry. —School Library Journal
Luminous watercolor and pencil illustrations complement this wonderful collection of horse haiku. —World Magazine