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Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum – A canter through art history

Authored by Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Published by Puffin

A comprehensive look at how horses have been depicted by artists over the centuries.

From prehistoric cave paintings to modern artists like Jackson Pollock, this book looks and delights in the human portrayal of horses. The reader is guided through a picture book art gallery of both sculpture and paintings. Throughout there are useful explanations and back stories to what you see and helpful summaries about the artists and works featured at the end of the book.

An appealing text for children who already love Dr. Seuss, it moves on from his classic rhyme format for a more formal style. The reader is directly addressed through questions such as ‘What did the cave artist see in a horse? We don’t know. It’s a mystery. What do you think?’.  The most joyful aspect of this book is the accompanying illustrations by Andrew Joyner. The bring the text to life and add energy to the explanation text.

This book would be extremely useful if studying the timeline of art with children in the primary years. It could be used as whole text or could be dipped in and out of if studying specific artists, such as Picasso.