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Who doesn’t love a good history book? History, if presented properly, can bring such a love for learning into our homeschooling journey. My oldest son loves history and horses. He says he wants to be a farmer when he grows up. So, when I had the opportunity to review History on Horseback by Sonrise Stable books I was excited.
History on Horseback the Early Years 1493 to 1866 is the first book in a two-part series by Vicki Watson about history from a horse’s perspective. The book itself is softcover to the touch and includes black and white photos throughout the book.
There are 53 sections in the book, not necessarily chapters, as they are anywhere from 1 to 5 pages long that describes a certain horse or type of horse in history. For example, the Lewis and Clark section includes how they acquired horses on their journey before going over the Rocky Mountains and has excerpts from their journals about observing feral horses in the area.
This book is full of nuggets of knowledge: sweet passages from journal quotes of famous leaders through history, fun facts, and old photographs and illustrations all in one. It’s like visiting a museum from your couch.
The author has done extensive research on this topic and her passion for it really comes forth in the presentation of all of it. From books to museums, including old photographs. She put it all in one spot.
Honestly, I would love more history books on all subjects in this format. I really like how the book itself has bite-sized pieces of information which makes it perfect for a Charlotte Mason based family or homeschooling family with young children. It would be nice however to be able to buy the book in hardcover as it’s such a beautiful book.
Any horse lover would treasure this book. We don’t own horses (yet). I have found this fascinating with all the pieces of information in this book. My favorite part about it is the excerpts from journals of people throughout history.
It really makes the startup of our country come to a whole new understanding historically and I think this is a must-have book if you are studying the startup of America. This is an excellent book to keep in a morning basket and cover one section a day or even weekly to really soak in the information depending on the age of your children.
With an older child who loves horses, they may read this book within a matter of a couple of days or weeks, as it is like a museum in a book. While a younger child is being read to, a full year of history. You can use this as a Charlotte Mason based history book for narration purposes and do one section at a time.
There are photographs all throughout the book. Not on every page, but every couple pages for sure which help keep little ones engaged.
I am excited about the next History on Horseback to release and hope that there will be further history books in the future in this format. History on Horseback the Early Years will be a treasured book in our homeschool library for many years to come.
There is also an accompanying study guide you can get for activities and worksheets to go along with the book if you’re wanting a further study or independent study for older children.
Check out the other reviews on the crew to see how they use the book and if it would make a nice addition on your library shelf.