Books by Henry Horenstein

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

A Is For...? (36 pp.; $16.00; Oct.; 0-15-201582-5) This clever alphabet book invites viewers to discover the animal—one for each letter of the alphabet—that Horenstein has captured in an intriguing tinted black-and-white photograph. It is no easy task, as often, only one part of the animal in question appears: a fin, tail, horn, eye. To add to the challenge, the link between the animal's name and the letter of the alphabet under discussion is not always apparent, e.g., the ox for X. The photographs have a soft and somewhat old-fashioned look, and encourage repeat viewings. A fuller shot of every animal as well as information on photography appears in the back, where Horenstein also explains that he took 7,000 photos to find the 57 used in the book. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
MY MOM'S A VET by Henry Horenstein
Released: May 1, 1994

Crisp, appealing color photos and a first-person narration by preteen Darcie detail her eventful summer week helping her mom, who has a large-animal practice in rural Connecticut. A checkup for a little donkey; diagnosing a lame horse; dehorning a kid; vaccinating a sow to protect her young—the variety of tasks is fascinating as well as instructive. Darcie also shares her mom's concern for a horse whose injury was avoidable and helps out as one cow gives birth and another has an emergency operation. This is the real stuff, an upbeat but authentic portrayal of the knowledge and skills of a country vet. The splendid photos and attractive layout are sure to attract readers. (Nonfiction. 8-12) Read full book review >

Bright, clear color photographs give this look at a typical trucker's day plenty of visual appeal. Young Sam is going out with his father to make a delivery, so it's up at 6 a.m., over to the docks in a 16-wheeler for a load of fresh fish, and then off down the road—with stops only for lunch (at a truck stop, of course) and for a "smokey" doing safety checks. Many of the photos are obviously posed, and Sam may be just a bit old to be traveling with a teddy bear, but everything—from the bright red Mack cab to the late-autumn New England foliage—is drenched in cheerful sunlight. The brief text—mostly snippets of conversation—helps to establish a mood of easy camaraderie between father and son, as well as to explain the action where necessary. This doesn't have the pulse-pounding drama of David Lyon's The Biggest Truck (1988), but it will still delight young truck-and-train devotees. Read full book review >