A Horse Named Jack

2018 Nominee Annie Karcher Best in Rhyme Top 20!

Jack is a rather silly horse. And when bored, he takes it upon himself to unlatch his stall and go for an adventure through the farm before escaping into the neighbor's garden for a snack. This rhyming story counts up to ten as Jack makes his way across the farm and then back down as he races home with the neighbor hot on his heels.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey [E]
Lexile 500
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level I
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585363957), PDF (9781534123021), Hosted ebook (9781534123199)
Copyright 2018
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Annie Karcher Best in Rhyme Top 20!, Nominated, 2018

Booklist - A Horse Named Jack

Jack, a bored horse living on a farm, has learned how to open the gate to his stall. Looking for entertainment, he sets himself free, kicking off a counting adventure. From 1 soft click of the lock, nature and farm elements such as 3 roosters, 5 kittens, 7 spiders, and 9 apples shape Jack’s journey from 1 to 10, and then from 10 back to 1 with items such as 10 tomatoes, 8 dogs, and 6 songbirds. (And that’s not all: Jack counts frogs, bumblebees, logs, puddles, carrots, and cherries, too.) The bouncy, humorous rhyming text and frequent sound words invite audience participation, while gentle, brightly colored cartoon-style illustrations add to the fun. Returning home, Jack is glad to see that children have arrived to play with him. However, after getting dirty from his many encounters, the highest priority is for Jack to have a bath.

Jack’s exploits should win over plenty of friends as part of a farm-themed or math storytime.

Kirkus Reviews - A Horse Named Jack

A friendly horse ventures beyond the farmyard. Jack, a big, dapple-gray draft horse, loves it when the neighborhood kids come visit him on the farm. One day the kids don’t show up, and Jack gets bored fast. “So Jack performs his favorite trick— / He lifts his latch with one soft click.” And with that Jack trots through the farm and down the road, getting into some mild mischief in the neighbor’s garden before dashing back to his yard. Once safely home, Jack is greeted by the neighborhood kids (who were just running late). The story is narrated in rhyming couplets that count up to 10 and down again, each number printed in boldface type (along with sound effects). Brown’s illustrations are softly colored with primary hues and gently sketched, making for dynamic and engrossing scenes. Little readers enchanted by horses will get a kick out of this title, as Jack fumbles around exploring his environment and interacting with adorable kittens, piglets, and ducklings. The greens, blues, and yellows give the book a welcome springtime feel. The children who visit Jack are a multiracial bunch. A pleasant jaunt. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Author: Linda Vander Heyden

Linda Vander Heyden has always loved quiet country and woodlands. As a child, she spent summers at her family’s cabin, fascinated by frogs and dragonflies (but not the pinching ants). Her love of nature and animals has inspired many of her stories and poems. Linda lives in the country with her husband, two dogs, three cats, and a horse named Jack!

Illustrator: Petra Brown

Petra Brown has been a children's book illustrator since 2006 when her first picture book If Big Can...I Can, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Best Emerging Illustrator. Since then she has been illustrating for a range of publishers in the United Kingdom and abroad. Petra comments, "I love drawing animals with human expressions. I find it such fun creating, for example, a thoughtful fox, a happy hippo, a shy sheep, or a caring bear! The other thing I like is creating landscapes, places where my characters can run about and have adventures. Living in a magnificent place like Snowdonia helps a great deal." Petra lives with her partner in Wales.

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