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

 February 9, 2017
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This review is from: Charlene the Star (Kindle Edition)
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
Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do

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Children’s books: helping others

Perhaps you have a talented child you loves acting or singing. Maybe he or she even writes children’s books about their experience. What if your daughter uses her talents to help others? That’s something Abigail Lupi does regularly.  How does Abigail help others? For several years she  has been singing at assisted living centers because she noticed many of the residents don’t have visitors. But that’s not all. Abigail is an enterprising young lady. She started her own group of thirteen girls who perform at children’s hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The singers and dancers are called “Care Grilz.”

Abigail earned a great deal of recognition for her talents. “She and only seven other children nationwide were selected by the magazine as “Kids of the Year” and featured in the February 2011 article, “Eight Amazing Kids Who Make A Difference.” “It was so amazing to see my face in ‘Parenting’ magazine,” said Abigail. “This award was a complete surprise. A phone call came ‘out of the blue.’ A woman at Parenting magazine said that I had come to their attention and they wanted some more information about me!”

Did you know Abigail began performing at the tender age of three years old? Isn’t that remarkable? At first, only she and her sister performed for the assisted living facility where their great-grandma lived. But before long, Abigail wanted to start her own group of talented performers. How did she choose the name for the group?

“We love what we do,” said Abigail. “I think there are three things that all the Care Girlz want kids [others] to know — you are never too young to make a difference, always try your best and do what you love.” Isn’t that excellent advice?

When I began writing children’s books my instructors said, “Write about what you know.” Because I grew up with horses, they’re featured in my books. In  my book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog,” Hattie the Chicken and her friends are very upset when they read the headline in the newspaper. Hattie comes up with a wonderfully creative plan to help her friends. Whether you choose to write children’s books or something else, I hope you love your work as much as I do.

For more about Abigail Lupi, please follow this link:

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copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Let’s imagine you have a big dream. You want to become a published author. But how could you find the time between your job, your children, etc. Remember, we all have obstacles that can derail us if we allow it to happen. Instead, remind yourself there is always a way. I’ve told myself that my whole life. For example, I wanted to become a champion horseback rider, even after doctors told my parents I’d never walk. But my dad wouldn’t accept that. He told me not to listen to what the doctor said. Together, we found a way to persevere. What if you’re afraid of failure? So am I. Example:When I learned to ride, most days I learned how to fall off and get up again. Did I like that? Not at all. I asked my dad,” Daddy why do I always fall off?” He responded,”That’s how you learn to stay on.” Boy, was a wishing for another way. But eventually, I managed to stay on the horse more and more often. What if I had given up? Then fears and doubts would have won. But instead, perseverance brought me many victories, both small and large. Failures can stiffen your resolve and that’s a good thing.

 What if you feel like you’re the only person on the planet who has issues like no time to write, or you’re tired after a hard day at work?  Maybe you need to take your children to a soccer game. You can jot down a few notes for your blog or your book while you’re at the game. Again, there is always a solution.
Finally, I’d say whatever you dream about, go after it. Set priorities. My parents always said, “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.” Don’t you think that’s excellent advice? Find your passion and develop it. It’s worth the effort, in my view.

copyright: 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlie the Horse

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Charlie the Horse wants to be a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he finds it’s much harder than he imagined. What happens when Charlie has problems on the race track? Does he focus on his work? You’ll love this endearing tale and you’ll learn the value of hard work and goal setting. Inspire your child!

Excerpts from Reviews of Charlie the Horse

I highly recommend this fascinating book to children, parents, and teachers. The story is educational as Deanie Humphrys-Dunne points to the importance of discipline, confidence, and persistence. The main character Charlie is adorable, talented, and amusing. The author encourages children to work hard at reaching their goals, overcome their fears, and believe in themselves. Did Charlie become another Charles The Great, and did he follow his passion to reach his dream? “CHARLIE THE HORSE” is as entertaining as Little House On The Prairie, and as inspiring as “BLACK BEAUTY.” From 5-star review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn

The story is lovely, the information fascinating, and the values imparted are relevant to readers, young and old. Charlie is a champion racer, but he is also a champion of fundamental values such as work ethic, commitment to task, persistence and tenacity, and integrity and self-respect that are manifested in the effort to excel and be the best one can be. Another set of values that are thematic in the book is evident in the respect, appreciation, and gratitude exhibited by Charlie, who seeks the wisdom and prizes the mentorship of the retired racehorse General Quick. Another winner from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne! From 5-star review by author/publisher Sarah Mazor

Children will enjoy this delightful story about Charlie who is born from a long line of championship race horses. Charlie is a handsome horse with black hair and a crooked white blaze on his face. He wants very much to be a champion like his father and grandfather. He gets advice along the way from General Quick, an old retired racehorse. Charlie learns that it is not as easy as he thought to be a champion racehorse and that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed. He has friends Buddy and Glory who also are learning how to race. They help each other by encouraging and supporting one another during their training and practice races. Charlie has an engaging personality that will capture the hearts of children of all ages. The readers will find themselves cheering Charlie on in each of his races with enthusiasm. From 5-star review by author, Janice Spina

Charlie the Horse’ is a wonderful book not only for children but adults as well to learn about the road to the racetrack by thoroughbred horses. It is especially appropriate now that we are in the Triple Crown and summer racing season. Beautifully illustrated by the author’s sister, Holly, it is lovely book to keep forever in your library for enjoyment and reference. From review by author, Patricia Daly-Lipe (5-star)

Charlie the Horse begins with the birth of a very special colt. He is the son of a famous racehorse, Charles the Great. The colt’s mother names him, “Charlie the Horse.” She encourages him, telling him how handsome he is, and telling him that someday he may be a great racehorse like his daddy. He begins his days at the Racing Haven Farm, and learns a few tips for racing from another famous racehorse, General Quick. Soon the day comes when it’s time for Charlie the Horse to start his racing career. He proves to be one very talented horse, winning nearly every race. He likes winning and always does his best. From 5-star review by author, Sherry Ellis

With clear and relaxed writing, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne lets Charlie the Horse pass on this important message to his readers. Charlie learns through trial and error how to become a winning racehorse, and through his thoughts, his story inspires his readers to do their best and not let temporary setbacks discourage them. From 5-star review by Author Laurie Loveman

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes

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Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes

Charlene the Star is enjoying her particular talent, but she and her friends, Hattie, Elliott, and Wooliam, are looking for something exciting to do in their spare time. They start a new business and learn the value of friendship and teamwork. This story will inspire you and make you smile!

Excerpts from Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes:

This is a sweet and endearing tale about a beautiful horse, named Charlene, who seeks to pursue her dream to be a champion jumper. She befriends other animals, Woolam and Hattie, along the way who help and encourage Charlene on her road to success. Charlene in turns assists her friends in their adventures. From 5-star review by author Janice Spina

Instilling good values is important to us parents, nurturers and educators. Hence, we should be cognizant of the variety of methods available for the promotion of conduct and attitudes toward others and toward the self. One way to positively influence our children is to expose them to good books that are engaging, entertaining and fostering healthy approaches toward life. This is exactly why I highly recommend Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s lovely book “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes”, which enchants and entertains while it promotes wonderful traits and virtues. The interaction between the main characters (mostly of the animal world) in the book, their thoughts, their communication with each other and the behaviors they encourage come across so beautifully, they are bound to inspire young readers. 5-star review by author/publisher Sarah Mazor

An awe-inspiring story that will teach life’s lessons as much as it will astonish the heart! The author takes the reader on an amusing adventure as the story teaches moral value, friendship, problem-solving, and challenges. A magnificent learning stimulation with adorable characters, who come to life. The unforgettable characters teach life’s valuable lessons, the rewards of hard work, and how to be a good sport.From Review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn (5-stars)

Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes is a book that would appeal to young horse lovers and animals lovers. The added bonus is that it is a book that teaches good character. It’s about helping others, working hard, setting goals, doing your best, and being a gracious winner or loser. All of these are valuable life lessons. from 5-star review by author, Sherry Ellis