Christine’s review of Charlene the Star

Charlene the Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Children’s author Deanie Humprhys-Dunne has recently done a revised edition of Charlene the Star. This delightful children’s story has a wonderful life lesson. It explores the concept of finding what you do well – and that which you enjoy – and pursuing this.

Charlene the Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene the Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

This is the first book in the Charlene the Star series. Charlene is a beautiful chestnut filly with a rich red coat. She is a thoroughbred with a family that has performed well on the track. Although she grows up in a beautiful home and is well cared for, Charlene questions if there might be more to life than running. She just doesn’t seem to have the heart for it.

Following her mother’s wise advice, Charlene decides to give racing a go. After all, it is anticipated that she will do it well – and enjoy it. When this doesn’t seem to be the case, Charlene remembers another piece of advice from her mother. She was told to try her best but if she didn’t like racing, then to find a way to let her trainer and exercise rider know.

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Charlene is under the care of some observant handlers. When they realise that her heart isn’t in racing, they consider what else she could do.

Charlene the Star is a short story made up of some delightful characters. It is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.

For those who are looking for horse books for their young readers, you can’t go past Deanie’s books that are for children, with life lessons. There is always a moral to the stories and they are positive. At the end of this story is a set of questions to test reader’s memory and comprehension of the book.

Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
http://childrensbookswithlifelessons.com/
Fiction – children
In My Library? As an ebook copy, yes!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

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Tails of Sweetbrier

Written by Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

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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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Are you setting goals?

Hi everyone,
Do you believe in setting goals? I think it’s a good idea because you have something to work toward. But make your goals realistic. Don’t write down you want to make a million dollars this week, or lose 10 lbs in a week. You want to set yourself up for success so keep that in mind. You’ll build your confidence along the way.
For example, what if you want to lose 5 lbs. in the next 6 weeks? The first thing to do is write it down because you can review it whenever you want and it’ll help keep you focused. Are you an author?Write down your goals as an author. Would you like to sell a certain number of books? Write 3 books this year? Remember, add that to your list if it’s one of your goals.
As a children’s author, I believe every child deserves to be inspired to follow his/ her dreams.My goal is to reach as many children as possible. My books, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, all share valuable life lessons like sharing and helping others.
What are your goals for this year?

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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What is good conformation?

 

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Photo by Bob Moseder from Tails of Sweetbrier.

 

 

If you’re a horse owner or rider, you should know some basic facts about the horse’s conformation and examples of what “good confirmation” includes.

The word “conformation” refers to the body structure of the horse and other important characteristics.

My dad was a professional horseman for many decades. Our family owned a farm called “Sweetbrier.” Dad did a great deal of studying about horses. One of the first thing he studied when he was considering buying a horse was it’s eyes. Why is that? Well, you may have heard the expression “A person’s eyes are the window to the soul.” You can draw a similar conclusion with horses. My dad shied away from a horse with small, sunken eyes, often called “pig eyes.” What do pig eyes signify? A horse with a nasty disposition. Even with training, you can’t change a horse’s temperament. Look for a horse with big eyes and a kind expression. Dad could tell a great deal by the expression of a horse’s eye.

What about the head of the horse? Look for a wide space between the eyes and a little curved or “dish” in his head, not a rounded nose. Horses with round noses are called “roman-nosed” and are more apt to be stubborn.

What about balance? In order to be properly balanced, a horse needs good proportions. He shouldn’t have more weight in front, than behind.  Another important factor is the length of his back. A short back is always preferred. Why? He’ll be much better balanced with a short back and he’ll cost less to feed. When you look at the horse, is his topline shorter than the bottom line? If so, he should be well-built.

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What if your child has a disability?

What if your child has a disability? You’re probably thinking you feel like the world came crashing in on you. But if you look outside the sun might be shining and the sky is right where it belongs. How do I know about this?  The reason is simple. My parents were told I’d never walk when I was nearly four years old. But he didn’t handle it in the average way. He refused to accept that as fact. My dad told me,”Don’t pay any attention to what the doctor said. It doesn’t make him right. I’m going to teach you to ride and you’ll be fine.” I totally trusted him so he and I started on our journey together.
I loved riding and my first pony, Little Man. He was a little devil though and much smarter than I. He played a trick on me every chance he got. If you read my true story, Tails of Sweetbrier, you’ll find out exactly what Little Man did when he got bored.
I think when you face any type of adversity, the outcome depends on the action you take. What if my dad had taken the doctor’s word as the truth? Maybe he’d have babied and coddled me. Worse than that, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to set goals and work toward them. I’d have missed the experience of a lifetime. If you battle any type of adversity, you choose the course of action. In many ways, you may determine the outcome by persevering until you succeed.
I fell of my horse or pony so many times. It seemed I became an expert at falling off and getting up. In our family none of us were allowed to quit. It’s a blessing because quitting only assures defeat.
In closing, I’ll leave you with the last sentence in my book, “You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!”

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE, October 7, 2016

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This review is from: Tails of Sweetbrier (Paperback)
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.

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

The author teachers her young readers to reach for the stars. Work hard to achieve your dreams and use the challenges and failures that occur along the way as a ladder to climb to success. Beautifully written story written in less than one hundred pages that make it perfect for a middle grade and young adult audience. Deanie’s physical challenges and determination also provide inspiration for those with special needs and learning disabilities. The black and white illustrations draw the reader into the story and personalize the narrative enhancing its appeal. Highly recommended for readers age eight and older, especially those who love horses.

Tails of Sweetbrier at reduced price!

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Deanie and Little Man from Tails of Sweetbrier

Would you like to be inspired today? Check out this true story about the power of perseverance. It’s reduced by  45% for the paperback so grab your copy today at this very low price (temporary reduction) If you’d rather have the Kindle, the price is now just $2.99!

“A truly spectacular story of strength, passion and courage” -from review by Geri Ahearn.

video review by Chester McDaniel

 Above video by Chris Graham

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

 

New Review of Tails of Sweetbrier

 

Tails of Sweetbrier, winner of the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Contest!

Tails of Sweetbrier, winner of the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Contest!

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This is an autobiography of an amazing little girl who is born with some physical challenges which were thought to permanently limit her activities.  But not for this girl!  She is determined to overcome all through hard work and fortitude.  With the help of her never tiring father she learns not only to walk, but goes on to become competitive horse rider.  This was not a result of wishful thinking but of trying and falling and trying again.

This story will inspire anyone who reads it.  Apart from teaching children what it takes to become a horse rider, it also shows children how to love and care for their special animals and how to truly be a friend to all.

I like that it is written in a very gentle voice which helps children to see that anyone can achieve great things if only they never give up.

Reviewed by author,  Anna Tshekeche

http://www.authoranna.com

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Tails of Sweetbrier is a true story of a little girl who wants nothing more passionately than to become a champion horseback rider, in spite of her handicap. What does her dad do that changes her life? What happens when she falls off her horse? This story will show you that anything is possible if you persevere. Children and adults will love this inspiring story!

Excerpts of Reviews of Tails of Sweetbrier:

I highly recommend this book to children, parents, and teachers. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne wrote a truly spectacular story of strength, passion, and courage. The characters come to life, as well as the unique illustrations. The author points out the value of family and friendship, while motivating others to reach for their dream, despite obstacles that may have to be battled with along the way. Firthermore, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne encourages discipline, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude throughout this compelling story. The author motivates children to overcome their fears, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams. “TAILS OF SWEETBRIER” tugs at the heart, is as captivating as RADIO, and as inspiring as FORREST GUMP, with Tom Hanks. From, 5- star review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn

The story is beautifully told, as the author candidly shares her thoughts and feelings throughout the ups and downs of her journey. Ms. Humphry-Dunne’s message is a powerful one: “Overcoming obstacles can give you the confidence to accomplish amazing things.”
The book is written for readers ages 8 and older. It would appeal to anyone, but horse lovers especially, would enjoy the story. I highly recommend this inspirational book. From 5- star review by author Sherry Ellis

If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper. From 5-star review by author, Janice Spina

The power of a young girl’s passion, perseverance and determination and the effect of a family’s support, love and commitment, are celebrated in this remarkable true story of an extraordinary individual. Deanie, pursued her dream with tenacity and persistence, and against many odds achieved success in the very demanding world of competitive horse shows. This wonderfully inspirational story begins with a challenge to young readers that would make it difficult for them to put the book down. Deanie asks “Have you ever really wanted to be able to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind?” and goes on to inquire “Are you going to follow your dream, or are you going to push it aside without even trying?”
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s generosity in sharing her story so that others may be motivated to pursue their dreams, no matter the challenge, is admirable. Take advantage of the opportunity, acquire the book and be inspired! “Tails of Sweetbrier” is heartily recommended for readers of all ages. From 5- star  review by author/publisher Sarah Mazor