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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: Horse Sayings: wit & wisdom straight from the horse's mouth by Bradford G. Wheler

Horse Sayings:  wit & wisdom straight from the horse's mouth
Author:  Bradford G. Wheler
Publisher:  BookCollaborative.com
Publication Date:  September 1, 2011
Pages:  136
Illustrations by 61 artists from 11 countries
ISBN 978 0 9822538 3 0
Available for purchase from www.BookCollaborative.com, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, or by order through any bookstore in the US, UK, Canada and Australia

“HORSE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom straight from the horse’s mouth” is an exciting and vibrant collection of equine art and text designed to celebrate horses and the people that love them."

In Horse Sayings:  wit & wisdom straight from the horse's mouth, Bradford Wheler compiled a lovely book of illustrations, paintings and photographs that will delight any horse lover.  Accompanying each illustration/photo are quotes related to the love of horses.  From individuals such as the Queen Mother, Winston Churchill, Will Rogers and Benjamin Franklin, there is wit and wisdom and tribute to the equines.  Here is a small sampling:
"There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing."   ~  Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)
"All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife."  ~  Daniel Boone (1819 - 1880)
"To many, the words love, hope, and dreams are synonymous with horses."  ~  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.  (1809 - 1894)
Bradford G. Wheler established BookCollaborative.com to publish books that will show case artists.  Though I would love to see Horse Sayings... in a larger coffee table format, as its content would be incredibly well -suited to such, the author notes that due to the cost of printing colour books with Lightening Source Inc.'s on demand system is almost six times more expensive as black and white, thus limiting the size and number of pages included in each of the books published by BookCollaborative.com.  Perhaps as the technology becomes more advanced, price will decrease thus increasing the flexibility afforded to publications such as this one, allowing books of larger format and more content at an affordable price point.

Besides wanting a larger format, my one criticism is the cover.  I would love to see a different background colour for the cover as the artwork featured there would be better showcased on a contrasting rather than a complementary colour.  Perhaps the aid of a graphic designer would help to produce an eye catching cover that will beckon all horse lovers to purchase Horse Sayings: wit & wisdom straight from the horse's mouth.

As an avid horse lover, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and yearned for more when I was done. This book will be a keepsake that will beckon reading and rereading and will earn its permanent position on the bookshelf.

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