Charlene the Star is another delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

 February 9, 2017
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Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.

If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Loved this book!

-Virginia Wright, Author of
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Snowman: A story of fate and frienship

Have any of you seen the amazing documentary called “Snowman?” Even if you’re not a rider, my bet is you’ll love it.
The story opens with rider and small riding school owner, Harry DeLeyer, narrating. He’d been with horses all his life. He and his wife, Johanna, were both born in Holland. During the war, they were part of the resistance, a group that helped Jewish people escape Hitler’s regime. The parents of someone they helped sponsored Mr. and Mrs. DeLeyer to come to America. Harry started his own riding school. Who were his best advertisements? His eight children; Harriett, Anna Marie, Harry Jr., Billy, Martin Joseph, Andre, and Haike.  He wanted them to be great examples of his teaching skills so he would attract others to his Hollandia Farm.
There were many similarities between  Harry DeLeyer and my dad. We also grew up on a farm and the horses were cared for before we went home. Our dad wanted us to be great examples with examples of our riding skills and sportsmanship. My sisters and I never considered not competing in bad weather. Our dad would not have been pleased. We also had our own Cinderella horse, Fleet Nancy. She was a failed racehorse, who’d been hurt in an accident just before my dad bought her. She may have failed as a racehorse, but she shined as a hunter and she loved her job.
One day Mr. De Leyer went to the auction in New Holland, PA, searching for a good horse for his lesson program. He got a flat tire along the way. When he got to the auction, it was almost over. He noticed a big gray horse loaded on the truck, headed for the slaughterhouse. He noticed the kind expression in the big horse’s eye and bought him for $80. Harry noticed markings on Snowman, showing he’d been used as a plow horse.
Snowman was wonderful with all of the riders. He took great care of them and everyone adored him. Things went along smoothly until Harry decided to sell Snowman to one of his friends, about six miles away. A few days later, Snowman trotted into Harry’s yard. Naturally, Harry thought his friend forgot to close the gate. But Harry learned the gate was not the problem. It was closed. Snowman jumped the fence.  The two men decided to make the fence higher. Still, Snowman came back to Harry’s yard. Eventually, Harry decided to take Snowman back.
Harry chose to train Snowman to jump. After 3 months of training, Snowman entered a small show. he won the jumper championship. People laughed, believing Snowman’s win was a fluke. So Harry entered a big show the next time at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club. This time, Snowman edged out a famous jumper by one point, to win the championship again.
Harry and Snowman were an amazing team. They won championships at Madison Square Garden, and other places. In fact, Snowman held a jumping record of seven feet for ten years!
Snowman knew Harry was his friend and he’d jump anything Harry steered him toward. They shared an amazing bond don’t you think?
Snowman is a beautiful story about the incredible friendship between a man and his horse. I hope you see the movie or read one of the many books about Snowman’s talents.

 copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Tails of Sweetbrier

Written by Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj


A warm and moving autobiography of a girl who had a dream of riding horses. That might not seem so tough to achieve until you discover that Deanie was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Deanie convinces her parents that she will work hard to achieve that dream, and her father opens up a riding school to support that dream.

Readers follow Deanie’s journey as she learns to walk, trot and canter on her pony, Little Man. As her confidence grows, she begins to dream of loftier goals. Despite a family tragedy with a barn fire that results in the loss of her horse, Chiefie, Deanie and her family persevere and rebuild. We follow their successes and failures as well as the physical hardships that Deanie endures.

The author teachers her young readers to reach for the stars. Work hard…

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animal stories for Kids: amazing

What do you like best about animals? Do you have a special relationship with them? An amazing young man named Jory Fleming does. I’ll bet you’re wondering what makes Jory exceptional. For one thing, he’s one of the thirty-two young people to win a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. That single fact is extraordinary in itself, but Jory has autism. He loves animals. In fact, he could create wonderful animal stories for kids if it chose to. You may know children with autism have trouble communicating. He was homeschooled by his mom, who admits she tried many things to help Jory progress. Mrs. Fleming states, “Some things worked while others didn’t.

Jory loves animals. In fact, it was his parakeet who helped him learn communication skills. During a recent TV interview, Jory said his bird helped him learn to relate to others because “They don’t talk and sometimes I’d rather not talk either. This amazing young man also has a service dog named Daisy. In addition to autism, Jory uses a feeding tube and wears braces, due to genetic disorders. Can you imagine overcoming all of these obstacles and earning the honor of studying at Oxford?  He will be studying Geography and Marine Sciences.

How did Jory react when he found out he won the scholarship? He said he “Thought they called the wrong person.”Are you wondering how Jory manages to maintain a 4.0-grade average? He said his “photographic memory” allows him to see everything he read on the page. How remarkable is that?

If you’re a fan of stories about beating the odds, consider checking out my autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier. This animal story for kids won several awards and recognitions. Like Jory, I set out to beat the odds, with the help of my family. You’ll find out the key to success, in my view. Whether you like writing animal stories for kids, or reading them, be sure to follow your dreams because “You have the power to make your dreams come true, so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!”

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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