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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Liam is a police horse. He has a very important job. It is to “serve and protect”. He helps Officer Eric Lucas do his patrols, helps people when needed and, his favorite job, visiting young people at school where he gets lots of attention. Liam even has his own badge with his name on it. There are other police horses and police dogs, all specially trained to endure frightening situations while on duty, like trampling over uneven pavements and confronting unusual obstacles. They might even have to run through smoke. But Liam is well cared for, well trained and loved by all. “At the end of our patrol, I get to return to the barn and have some fun before starting all over again tomorrow.” Liam works hard, but he enjoys his job.
Ellen F. Feld’s picture book story, What Does A Police Horse Do?, is both interesting and informative. Using photographs of Liam and his partner, as well as other police horses and police dogs, the story is told simply to appeal to young readers and to teach them about these specially trained horses and dogs. Liam’s story is told in the first-person narrative, from Liam’s point of view. This allows the young reader to experience the role of a police horse from the horse’s perspective. It makes the story personal and more endearing to the reader. The author introduces many of the important things that a police horse does with his partner: crowd control, special events safety, helping someone in need, and good public relations. This book is a great learning tool for young readers.