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Icelandic Horse Activity and Coloring Book is written in English, Icelandic, and German by author Karen Jean Matsko Hood. This book introduces children to Icelandic and German words along with information on the gaits of the Icelandic horse. Children will have hours of fun learning about the Icelandic horse and the fun of doing word puzzles, cryptograms, coloring, mazes, crosswords, number games, and many more wonderful educational activities. Through the importance of teachings in the values of kindness and gentleness in the love and care of all animals, the young reader will also learn about the history of this gentle breed of Icelandic horse and its increasing popularity in North America. Your children surely enjoyed the first edition and now you will want to purchase this second edition for your children and as a gift to a friend’s child.
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Karen Jean Matsko Hood has always loved children and has always enjoyed reading. Therefore, it was only natural that she would eventually have a passion for writing childrenís books.
She presents a unique combination of different themes and poetic formats. Her blend of traditionalism and modernism brings a current freshness and uniqueness to her own poetic voice. Her poems have been published in a myriad of magazines and publications. Her writing exhibits a unique musical verse as well as her voice of compassion and purpose. Hoodís writing of childrenís literature is strong minded yet lyrical.
Hood bases her books upon her knowledge experiences in life, and she writes about topics that she believes children will enjoy reading about. Hood also writes about personal and spiritual themes.
Hood tries to remind her readers of the importance of their lifetime link with nature and the environment. She stresses that children need to realize that social injustices and inequalities exist in todayís society. Hood strongly believes that people of all ages deserve dignity and social justice.
Hood was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. She received her Bachelorís Degree from the College of St. Benedict and St. Johnís University in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota. Afterwards, Hood attended postgraduate classes at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She and her husband taught science and math on the Island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After the couple moved to Spokane, Washington, Hood earned a Master of Arts Degree at Gonzaga University. She is in the process of completing her Ph.D. at Gonzaga University.
Hood is a certified teacher in the state of Washington and is recognized for her achievements. She is certified to teach biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and religious studies to grades four through twelve.
She is a passionate feminist and as is a fervently active advocate, for abused and neglected children. The author works from her home, which is in the rural suburbs of Spokane, Washington. Hood and her husband have nine children and also raise foster children. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the Spokane juvenile justice system. In addition, Hood promotes childrenís literacy and reading enjoyment.
Hood enjoys raising Icelandic horses and Icelandic sheepdogs. In addition, she helps find a home for barn kittens. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, raising flowering plants, cooking, baking, and entertaining for family and friends in her home. Hood has a deep respect for nature, the environment, and the Pacific Northwest.
Her passion for children, including those who are abused and neglected, has inspired her to be a prolific writer of childrenís literature. She enjoys writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children.
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