The Adventures of Cocoa and Cream-Remarkable Twin Ponies by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
Meet Cocoa and Cream, the amazing twin ponies with wild, untamed manes! They are anything but ordinary. Cocoa and Cream have a big dream: to teach little kids how to ride and help them discover their incredible potential. Join Cocoa and Cream, and discover the countless ways these special ponies help kids like you reach their goals!
- Literary Titan Gold Medal For Cocoa and Cream
- SpeakUpTalkRadio.com/ Firebird Award for illustrations
- SpeakUpTalkRadio.com/ Firebird Award for interior
- Speak Up Talk Radio.com/ Firebird Award for Juvenile Fiction
Print Length: 60 Pages
Publisher: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne Books (July 11, 2023)
Mirjana Bubevska (Illustrator)
Author Connections, LLC (Editor)
Children’s Horse Books
Review by Sherry Ellis (VINE VOICE): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A Sweet Story of Two Talented Ponies. Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2023. Verified Purchase. Cocoa and Cream are adorable twin ponies who not only perform well but can understand and speak with humans. They are gentle and helpful with children learning how to ride. This is especially important because one of the children in the story is handicapped.
The Adventures of Cocoa and Cream illustrates the value of empathy, patience, and kindness. It’s a wholesome book perfect for young horse lovers.
Review by Virginia Wright (Author of Timothy the Christmas Mouse): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A fun, creative, horse story for kids…Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2023. Verified Purchase. The Adventures of Cocoa and Cream-Remarkable Twin Ponies by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a fun, creative horse story about twin ponies kids will adore. Have you read any of this author’s other books? Deanie’s writing has earned the coveted Mom’s Choice Awards for My Life at Sweetbrier and A Tractor Named Wilbur. Check them out!
Review by Mary Schmidt: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Lovely stories for kids. Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2023. Verified Purchase.This book for children centers around two girls, twin ponies, and a ranch. Okay, nothing big about that, what????? The ponies can speak!! Wow. The ponies and main characters go into different scenes in each chapter, and they read like a new story. I find that to be a clever writing style.
Review by Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful Story that puts you right in the Stables! Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2023. Wonderfully written by the author who brought me right into the Ryder Family. I loved the bond the two sisters had and how their relationship between them and their dad were woven into the two twin ponies Cocoa and Cream. I found myself rooting for Nancee through her journey back from her journey. Dee was supportive the whole way and that empathy and encouragement was passed on down when a new girl in town Ellie came into the mix. I love how the horses and Fredie could talk but only the kids could hear them. Great story for little girls and great story if you love horses! I felt like I was in the family stables, dinner table, school, and competition venues!
Review by kidztales: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. You Can Do It Too! Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2023. This is the story of two talented ponies named Cocoa and Cream. They weren’t ordinary ponies. What made them different? They were twins. It’s very unusual for horses to have twins.
Mr. Ryder bought them one day to help handicapped children learn to ride. He had two young daughters, Dee and Nancee, who were very surprised to hear the ponies talk to them. In fact, Cocoa helped Nancee strengthen her legs and keep her from falling off his back. He did this by gently turning his body.
Cocoa and Cream do a lot more than teach children to ride. They help children get over their fear of horses. Besides that, there are trails to ride and horse shows to enter!
Ms. Humphreys-Dunne has done it again in bringing us this special book. It teaches handicapped children that they can ride horses and maybe enter shows, too!
Review by Theodore J. Cohen: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A treat for children who love horses and ponies… Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2023. Who doesn’t like ponies, much less stories about these small horses? It’s the unusual child, indeed, who can’t remember being taken to the park or, perhaps, a fair or carnival, placed on the back of one of these gentle creatures, and then, walked around the ring while mom and dad waved and took pictures of the event. Memories like these stay with us forever.
Which is why children will love the new book by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. It tells the story of twin ponies Cocoa and Cream who come to live with Mr. and Mrs. Ryder and their daughters, Dee and Nancee. Nancee, it turns out, was the victim of an automobile accident, so riding a pony is somewhat difficult for her. That said, learning to ride also is important to her recovery, which is one of the most important lessons of the book: learning to ride and take care of ponies is great therapy for children of all ages (and not too few adults, I might add). This lesson is driven home even more when the riding school run by Mr. and Mrs. Ryder help other students gain confidence in themselves.
Children who are “into” horses and ponies will love the use of terms associated with the care, feeding, training, and showing of these animals. Who knew, for example, that ponies have their legs wrapped to protect them when they are transported by trailer? Or that horses at shows with red ribbons on their tails kick out when you’re too close to them?
This is truly a lovely book for children who love animals. It’s one they will read many times because of both the story and the information it contains.
Finally, a tip-of-the-hat to the illustrator, Mirjana Bubevska, for some of the most charming illustrations I’ve seen anywhere.
Review by J L. Mitchell: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great Children’s Book. Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2023. Such a cute little children’s book! Who doesn’t love a good motivational story encouraging kids to gain confidence in themselves and spread kindness to others!? Perfect read for those who love ponies and other animals!Check out other exciting books by talented author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
“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?”
My Life At Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider?
The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride.
What will happen next?
What does her dad do that changes her life?
Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team?
This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?
“Beautiful book and the illustrator did a marvelous job! We plan to give Wilbur much deserved exposure in the coming year.” ~Theodocia McLean, Book Marketing Global Network
Review by Emily Jane Hills-Orford (5 Stars): “This is Deanie’s story. My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses is a motivating memoir by a remarkable horsewoman, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. The memoir is written to inspire readers of all ages to work towards their goals, their dreams, and to never give up…A powerful message of compassion and determination.” for Reader’s Favorite
Review by Christine, from Equus Education: “This story is a beautiful one of persistence and never giving up on your dreams. The fact that it is based on her real life is sure to inspire readers. As it says in My Life at Sweetbrier, Deanie wants children to remember never to give up on their dreams because anything is possible if you don’t give up… It includes some great photos of the people and horses in the book. My Life at Sweetbrier is a delightful read that is sure to inspire and encourage.”
5 Star Review by SonataSM: “The style is delightful, teaching lessons on owning a horse and on riding and jumping plus explaining terms as you go along. Definitions are woven into the story seamlessly. Along the way, you can’t miss the lessons in family love, encouragement and loyalty. The last chapter brings this all together with encouraging each child to persevere through all of life’s trial and tribulations. The pictures of the farm, you and the horses help the reader remember this is not a novel, but a true story of someone who overcame great odds. Your teacher mode came out with the questions and answers at the end. All aspects were well thought out and brought together so well. I highly recommend “My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses”.”
Review by Literary Titans, Thomas Anderson: “I loved that the author included family photographs and pictures of the house and barns at Sweetbrier and the horses owned by the Humphrys Family while Deanie was growing up. There were also pictures of the Humphrys sisters jumping at various horse shows. This is an inspirational story that excellently conveys the moments and emotions of Deanie’s life. This book invites readers into a personal story, one that is told boldly, and I appreciated it.”
Review by Kris Miller, Top Shelf Magazine: “A children’s book that should be within every classroom.”
5 Star Review by Hollie Anne Marsh: “This book is truly inspiring and I couldn’t put it down. I think it is a lovely book for children, adults, horse lovers and people that love inspiring true stories.”
5 Star Review by K Nhin: “This book is great in that it incorporates the author’s lessons learned in life. Awesome book!”
5 Star Review by Meilssa Johns: “A story about a miracle, persistence and courage. Although the relationship between Deanie and her horses make for a charming children story, the greatest value the book offers is the idea of persistence. Deanie faced a lot of challenges, and though she cried at times, fell down many times, she was determined and had the heart of a champion. This book is a great chapter book for children 8 and older to learn about overcoming difficulty, adversity, sadness and rising above and never feel defeated. Each challenge makes us stronger. Life is truly a lesson. I think this is a great birthday or Christmas gift for any child. I really enjoyed reading it. I give this book 5 stars. It is well written, engaging, detailed, and nicely illustrated. Although the message was very clear, the author ensures the reader gets it by having a final chapter called Pearls of Wisdom and follows up with reading comprehension questions that the author calls a quiz, the answers so that children can check their understanding and the biography.”
5 Star Review by Debra Cox: “I was moved by this inspirational true story. My motto is also, ‘Never give up,’ and now, I’m certain, it’s definitely the right attitude to have in life. Children will be motivated to try their best, definitely recommending it!”
Review by Beth Kallman Werner: “This book is amazing. No wonder it won so many awards. If you have children or buy gifts for children, especially anyone who loves animals and horses, buy this book and the others by this author.”
5 Star Review by Tina Collins: “Deanie Humphrys-Dunne has written such a heart-warming true account of her life with her family and horses. With her family’s encouragement and the partnerships, she develops with her ponies, she works through the difficulties that come her way. It’s hard not to love this novel simply because of the will to succeed of its author. Such an inspiring read!”
5 Star Review by Debra Cox: “Life is tough, sometimes. But, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne proves to readers in My Life at Sweetbrier, that if they persevere, anything is possible. The author encourages children to set goals and reach for their dreams, as one day they may even beat the odds, like she did.”
You Tube Book Video: https://youtu.be/PX6OjKrpW9w
Paperback: 142 Pages
Publisher: Monday Creek Publishing (May 13, 2017)
Wilbur’s New Home by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
A Surprise for Wilbur (Wilbur The Tractor).
Wilbur is very excited to present the second book in the Wilbur the Tractor series.
Review by Hollie Anne Marsh, Children’s Author: “A sweet story about Wilbur the cutest tractor, who faces an unknown future with patience and hope. This story features Wilbur’s adorable friend Hattie, who supports him along the journey into his new home.”
Review by J. Spina: Children will love adorable little Wilbur who is shy and has difficulty meeting new people. Wilbur will teach them to be patient and learn how to adjust to new people and places.
Review by Barbara A. Mojica: Will Wilbur find a new friend and a good fit for his skills? Read this adorable picture book to find out…A beautifully told tale appropriate for primary grade and beginning chapter book readers
Review by Grady Harp: Award winning Connecticut children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne writes enchanting stories that not only entertain youngsters and share insights into developmental life lessons, but by placing the stories with animal (and mechanical!) characters, the stories become more accessible for learning…. This is a fine story about friendship, about enjoying chores, and about changes that can open doors for new possibilities.
Review by G. Sedlmayer: What a perfect story for preschoolers and elementary students…Very well written with pretty artwork.
Review by MBK’s: “This second in the “Wilbur the Tractor” series is as fun and entertaining as the first volume and a must for every little child’s library. Highly recommended.
Review by Virginia Wright: Adorable story about a tractor…Recommended for your little one’s library.
Paperback: 53 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (November 29, 2021)
Author Connections LLC (Editor)
Wanda L. Urabazo (Illustrator)
Age Range: Beginner Readers
Grade Level: Beginner Readers
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A Tractor Named Wilbur by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
Friendships Last Forever (Wilbur The Tractor Book One).
WILBUR is a small, shy tractor. He loves cutting the grass for Jim. But what happens when he must find a new home? Will Jim still be his friend? Who will the new owner be? WILBUR would love for you to take him home and read about his adventure. A Tractor Named Wilbur is the first in a fun series coming your way!
Jim McNab was proud that Wilbur stayed with him all his life. They met five years ago and they have been together since then. Wilbur was happy that Jim took good care of him and his red paint looked as shiny as the first day they met. They did lots of work together like mowing the grass and plowing snow in the winter. Jim planned to buy the lot across the street to have his own vegetable farm and he was not sure if Wilbur would get hurt mowing a big field like that. Wilbur was getting old and Jim decided to find him a new home where he would be loved. Wilbur was sad and he did not want to leave. Jim promised to visit him in his new home.
Would he be happy in his home and would he be able to make new friends?
5 Star Review by Reader’s Favorite reviewer, Mamta Madhavan: “A Tractor Named Wilbur: Friendship Lasts Forever by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a fun read about friendship and the story will bring a smile to the faces of young readers. It will also make them eager for the next book to read about Wilbur’s adventures in his new home. Holly Humphrys-Bajaj breathes life into the story with her wonderful illustrations and gives Wilbur a personality of his own. It is a lovely bedtime storybook and can be used in classrooms and school libraries for read-aloud and storytelling sessions. The questions at the end make the book interactive and fun, and perfect for classroom.”
5 Star Review by Grady Harp: “Award winning children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne writes enchanting stories that not only entertain youngsters and share insights into developmental life lessons, but by placing the stories with animal (and mechanical!) characters, the stories become more accessible for learning. This book A TRACTOR NAMED WILBUR is enhanced by the superb illustrations of Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, Deanie’s talented sister. This is a fine story about friendship, about enjoying chores, and about changes that can open doors for new possibilities. Children (and their reading parents) will have fun while learning important life lessons. There is a little quiz at book’s end to underline new knowledge. Recommended.”
Review by Literary Titan: “A Tractor Named Wilbur by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a short yet adorable children’s book featuring a little red tractor named Wilbur who lives in a barn. This book contains key elements of a good children’s book such as interesting characters children can relate to, integral moral values and entertaining illustrations to keep readers hooked. The theme of the book is lighthearted and cheerful, making it perfect for young kids’ enjoyment.”
Review by Hollie Anne Marsh (Children’s Author): “This is a lovely story about a tractor called Wilbur, that should appeal to both young boys and girls with not only an adorable red tractor, but also Susie squirrel and Hattie the chicken.
What I liked most about this story, is it’s an easy read, that brings the little tractor to life with adorable life-like traits, such as bouncing on his tires when he’s excited, flashing his headlights and sadly, when tears trickled down his headlights.
This book teaches responsibility and appreciation of owning something like a tractor, with the owner Jim meticulously caring for the tractor each day. Also, Wilbur’s excellent attitude to trying new jobs; such as raking leaves and plowing snow. The book also teaches children to see the bright side and that changes in life are not always bad. A lovely tale, that will capture children’s imagination and I am sure will become a night-time favourite.”
Review by Beth Kallman Werner: “New children’s book release! Super sweet and always with a simple but powerful lesson for young readers to learn.”
5 Star Review by Karen Smith: “Totally awesome. The pictures are great.”
5 Star Goodreads Review by Julie Flanders: “Another sweet story from Humphrys-Dunne! Wilbur is a darling little tractor and a character that is sure to appeal to children.
A Tractor Named Wilbur by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a short yet adorable children’s book featuring a little red tractor named Wilbur who lives in a barn….
This book contains key elements of a good children’s book such as interesting characters children can relate to, integral moral values and entertaining illustrations to keep readers hooked. The theme of the book is lighthearted and cheerful, making it perfect for young kids’ enjoyment.”
Macaw Puppet Reading of A Tractor Named Wilbur
SpeakUpTalkRadio.com/ interview with Pat Rullo about A Tractor Named Wilbur
Paperback: 42 Pages
Publisher: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Author (September 12, 2019)
Age Range: Beginner Readers
Grade Level: Beginner Readers
Un tractor llamado Wilbur by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
las amistades duran para siempre (Spanish Edition).
Wilbur es un pequeño tractor tímido. Le encanta cortar la hierba para Jim. Pero, ¿qué pasa cuando debe encontrar un nuevo hogar? ¿Jim seguirá siendo su amigo? ¿Quién será su nuevo dueño? A Wilbur le encantaría que lo llevaras a casa y leyeras su aventura.”Una historia encantadora que capturará la imaginación de los niños y estoy seguro de que se convertirá en una de las historias favoritas a la hora de dormir.”
Book Review by Ana Morris: Este cuento es muy lindo. A los niños les encantará un tractor que habla y siente. Los diálogos con el granjero son muy cariñosos.”~ 5-stars~
Book Review by Jazz with Books: The illustrations are so cute and engaging! I would definitely recommend reading!” (5 stars)
Book Review by Melissa: Agradable cuento sobre el amor hacia las máquinas. Inusual tema que atrapa a los niños pequeños.” 5-stars~
Book Review by S. Jackson AKA Mary Schmidt: The relationship between human and tractor is like life, tears included and with feelings. Life lessons to be learned, great to stretch your wings past the point that you think you can’t go past. I loved the six questions in the back asking kids what they remember of this story. Wonderful illustrations. Perfect five-star book.”
Series: Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur (Book 1)
Paperback: 40 Pages
Age Range: Beginner Readers
Grade Level: Beginner Readers
Charlie The Horse by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
Charlie is an adorable young horse. He wants to be a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he doesn’t like to focus on his work. He’d rather munch on flowers.
Who helps him progress toward his big dream?
What happens when he has trouble on the racetrack?
Does he persevere? Does his dream come true?
Charlie’s story will help your child learn the importance of working hard, setting goals and persevering.
Your child will enjoy this tale that Charlie narrates.
5 Star Review by Vernita Naylor (Reader’s Favorites): “I highly recommend Charlie the Horse by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne because children will be fully engaged while reading it. They will enjoy following Charlie and his adventures, and they will learn various types of lessons like doing your best no matter how you feel, as Charlie was told by his mentor, retired racehorse and legend in his own right, General Quick. Additionally, in reading Charlie the Horse, children will become involved and parents can gauge their understanding as they are asked questions about the story, which will in turn enhance their learning experience.”
Review by Sarah Mazor: “Teachers and librarians ought to introduce kids to Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s lovely books. Ms. Dunne’s books are beautifully written and convey wonderful life lessons to children and their caregivers. Highly recommended!”
5 Star Review by Jim Lyons (Goodreads): “The first in a series of short books that are ideal for young (5-7) auditory learners.”
Review by Net Galley (Reviewer 348419): “Lovely book. My son loved me reading it to him. The targeted audience. It was easy to read and well written.”
5 Star Review by Patricia Daly-Lipe: “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.”
5 Stars Review by Ellie: “My name is Ellie and I’m 12. I really liked this book. I liked reading about the relationships between the horses, but I mostly liked it as an athlete. I’m an athlete just like Charlie (except I do gymnastics, not running), and I really liked the message that competing takes lots of practice, that it’s okay if you don’t always win, that you need to try your best and that sometimes you can have challenges that you just need to find a solution for (like blinkers); it doesn’t mean you have to give up.”
Review by Anne H., Bookseller (NetGalley): “Charlie the Horse is a coming-of-age tale with important lessons for all kids. The story follows Charlie from when he is a little foal until he is a great racehorse. There are important characters which help him along the way. The story also has a great lesson in the end about staying humble.”
5 Stars Review by Cheryl L. (NetGalley): “A well written lovely tale that tells all about what being a racehorse is like, this coming straight from the horse’s mouth of course (pun intended). For kids who love horses and animals, this is a cute and fun way to learn about their favorite animal. A lovely little educative package with great illustrations.”
Review by Maja V. (Net Galley): “This was such a lovely short story that I think the kids will really like to read about, especially since it’s about a horse’s journey to becoming the best racehorse. Also, the illustrations were quite nice and added that something special to the story. I would definitely recommend others to give this book a try.”
5 Star Review by Yossi Lapid: “Racehorse Magic – A Five Stars Read! I have limited experience with horses but I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating tale of hard work, perseverance and well-deserved success. The author does a great job of conveying some timeless messages about setting-goals and overcoming challenges through a highly entertaining, richly informative and perfectly paced story. The book is divided into easy-to-follow chapters and each chapter reflects a step in the evolution of the main character, Charlie the Horse. Told in a charming first-person voice, the story offers a unique glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred from the horse’s point of view. Readers will easily feel the horse’s emotions of fear and thrill as he struggles with difficult situations and overcomes them. Beautifully crafted illustrations complement the story. A splendid book that will delight readers of all ages.”
5 Star Review by K Nhin: “Love it when authors marry lessons with a storyline. And this book does not disappoint.”
Review by Patricia S. (NetGalley): “I sat down one night and started reading this book. I was looking for a story for my great niece. I really liked the way the author took us from Charlie being a foal up to his first big race. The moral of the story for me and I think for your children is that working hard and setting goals is a good thing. It also shows that if you persevere you will succeed. You young readers will love the story that Charlie tells us in his own words. I would get your kids to read it this summer.”
5 Star Review by Ellen (Goodreads): “It was amazing, A must-read book for parents and children. A wonderful tale that teaches children that teamwork, perseverance and determination will help you achieve anything you want in life.”
5 Star Review by Theodore J. Cohen: “Leaving home is the least of Charlie’s concerns. Overcoming his fears in preparing for the races into which he is entered present far greater challenges. Another horse by the name of The General–a mentor of sorts–guides Charlie, encouraging him never to give up, regardless of what life throws at him. This lesson, above all, is probably one of the most important “takeaways” a child can derive from reading this book (not that more than a few adults might benefit as well!). That the story is about a horse only enhances the book’s value for young readers, as do the beautiful illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Five STARS all the way.”
Review by Reviewer 98309 (Net Galley): “My daughter loved Charlie the Horse. We enjoyed reading it together. I give it five stars and highly recommend it.”
5 Star Review by Hagit Oron: “What a beautiful story! The plot follows Charlie the horse from the moment he’s born until he is a fully grown racing horse. The story is told via Charlie’s eyes and we share his thoughts, fears, and excitements. The black and white illustrations are artistic and delicate. They enrich the story. Any child with love to horses will surely enjoy this delightful story of Charlie the horse.”
Review by Denise W. (NetGalley): “Charlie the Horse is a very good children’s book that teaches cause and effect, sacrifice and gain, perseverance and hope. This is a great story to give children a chance to see how decisions, even small ones, can impact the outcome of your life.”
5 Star Review by Jim Lyons (Goodreads): “The first in a series of short books that are ideal for young (5-7) auditory learners.”
5 Star Review by Cheryl Ann L. (NetGalley): “A well written lovely tale that tells all about what being a racehorse is like, this coming straight from the horse’s mouth of course (pun intended). For kids who love horses and animals, this is a cute and fun way to learn about their favorite animal. A lovely little educative package with great illustrations.”
Review by Yossi Lapid (Children’s Author): “The author does a great job of conveying some timeless messages about setting-goals and overcoming challenges through a highly entertaining, richly informative and perfectly paced story. The book is divided into easy-to-follow chapters and each chapter reflects a step in the evolution of the main character, Charlie the Horse. Told in a charming first-person voice, the story offers a unique glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred from the horse’s point of view. Readers will easily feel the horse’s emotions of fear and thrill as he struggles with difficult situations and overcomes them. Beautifully crafted illustrations complement the story. A splendid book that will delight readers of all ages.”
Review by Jessica Dickstein, Author: “A wonderful story for both adults and children alike! Charlie is so likeable as a character and I found myself connecting with him as he trains for racing at the Sweetbrier Racing Stable. This is a story about the power of determination. Charlie knows what he wants and is persistent in achieving his goal.”
Review by Author Virginia Wright: “An adorable story, especially for horse lovers.”
Review by Rhonda Patton, Author: “An inspiring book for any child. It was a fun experience reading this book.”
You Tube Book Video: https://youtu.be/mKkhD4w3iiE
Series: Charlene The Star (Book 1)
Paperback: 58 Pages
Reading Age: 8-10 Years
Grade Level: 3-4
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Edition (January 3, 2016)
Grade Level: 3-4
Horses (Children’s 8-14)
Charlene The Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead? Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.
Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star books. The others are Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote an award-winning children’s autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier and a fictional story, Charlie the Horse. Her books have won a number of awards and recognitions. A Gold Medal Cover Award Winner.
Voted One Of The “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” by TheAuthorsShow.com
“What a delightful children’s book! Charlene is born into a family of famous race horses but right from the onset she is concerned about her ability to be a race horse. She is tentative when she mentions this to her mother who encourages Charlene to give it a try nonetheless. She has the opportunity to do just that with her two good friends Ann and Blossom. She quickly realizes that she can’t keep up to them and is disappointed in her performance. Thank goodness that Charlene is given the opportunity to excel in another area. Her trainer suggests that she be moved to Jumping for Joy Farm to see how she does with jumping hurdles instead of racing. Elliot, her canine friend helps reassure Charlene and encourages her in bettering her jumping talents.”
5 Star Review by Delores Ayotte: “Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne utilizes a creative approach to her writing that will definitely appeal to her younger reading audience. The animals are able to communicate with each other which gives the children the opportunity to feel compassion for Charlene’s challenges. I enjoyed the questions at the end of the book. They are an additional educational experience sure to provide food for thought. This talented author also demonstrates the benefit of recognizing and accepting the fact that we have different talents. Great lesson to be learned in life. Lovely cover to the book too.”
Review by Rich Linville: “This is a wonderful story for both adults and children. It is told from the viewpoint of a horse named Charlene the Star. She decides that horse racing is not for her. What will she do? Highly recommended.”
5 Star Review by HA: “Charlene the Star is adorable and endearing. The story is captivating for horse-mad children and it’s also a great book for a horse mad parent to share with their child. By having the animals tell the story, the author did a good job of bringing to life the animals’ feelings, which helps to teach children empathy and also general horse knowledge and care. The main message of the book was… be patient to find out your individual talents in order to reach your goals… told in an easy-to-understand way.”
Audio Book Review from Michelle: “What a truly wonderful story, I loved every second of it.”
Series: Charlene The Star (Book 1)Grade Level: 3-4
Paperback: 62 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised Edition (February 9, 2017)
Grade Level: 3-4
Horses (Children’s 8-14)
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog (Volume 3) by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
Charlene the Star makes new friends in this exciting adventure. She hopes to win a special jumping award.
Will she succeed?
What happens when Hattie sees the headline in “The Gazette?”
Why is Cherish so upset?
Your child will be fascinated with this amusing adventure while learning valuable things.
5 Stars: Children’s Adventure Book!
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is the newest release in her children’s adventure books.
Among some of the characters in this enchanting adventure include Charlene The Star (a horse) from Jumping for Joy Farms who is a competitive jumper, Mary Harris who is Charlene’s owner and rider, Hattie the chicken who loves to wear bonnets, and Bentley the bull dog who learns a valuable lesson about bullying.
Charming animals with unique personalities teach children life lessons on having proper manners, the value of friendships, sportsmanship, accepting and owning our mistakes, apologizing and making amends when we have hurt someone, and even when winning there is always room for improvement.
Parents and teachers should know that at the end of the book there are 8 questions and answers that challenge the child to remember what they have read (enhancing reading comprehension) and congratulates them for what they do remember.
Delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.
Other adventures that are available include Charlene The Star, Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Tails Of Sweetbrier.
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s other books are educational tools with pure reading enjoyment for young impressionable minds.
Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).
Paperback: 84 Pages
Reading Age: 9-12 Years
Grade Level: 4-6
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (December 8, 2016)
Grade Level: 4-6
Horses (Children’s 8-14)
Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.
Charlene the Star was known for her jumping skills and ability to win in horse shows. But in this adventure, she wants something exciting to do in her spare time.
What will Charlene and her friends do for their new career?
What is Wooliam the sheep’s specialty?
Does his dream come true?
Young readers will enjoy this amusing tale, told by the adorable animal characters. This book highlights the value of friendship, helping others and teamwork.
Review by Hollie Anne Marsh: “Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes is an encouraging and engaging story with an adorable set of animal characters that work together to face certain challenges. The story teaches young readers valuable lessons; about helping each other, working hard to achieve goals and also, about doing your individual best. The book is well written, with lovely illustrations and I just love the cute bonnet wearing chicken. I have no doubt that this book will become a firm favourite for any child!”
5 Star Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford (Readers’ Favorite): “Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s children’s early chapter book, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, is another joyful romp in the paddock type of story from the Charlene series. Like the other stories, this one provides young readers with lots of horse sense and excitement, as well as teaching them simple things about manners and respect. The animal characters are fun and enjoyable as they seek ways to help each other. The plot follows a plan to start a business that helps other animals overcome their fears and become the best they can be, while still sharing good manners and respect. This is a great story for horse and animal lovers.”
5 Star Review by Ann Ferri (Reviewer 348419): “What a wonderful book for children! It’s well written and will hold the child’s attention. I loved the way the author wrote the book with the animals talking and helping each other overcome problems and reach their goals.”
5 Star Review by Aimee Ann: “The synopsis of Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is gripping, glorious, and let’s not forget breath-taking. The novel has a plot that has surprised me more than once thanks to its captivating and absorbing nature. One thing is for certain when you read Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and that is you will never be bored reading because it is a diverse all-consuming assault of brilliance that will keep you motivated to read until the very end. It is like the author has a binding spell on young readers and the only way to break this spell is to fully immerse yourself in the layers of the book.”
5 Star Review by Geri Ahearn: “Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes is as funny as ‘Finding Nemo’, as entertaining as ‘Charlotte’s Web’, and as exciting as ‘Chicken Little’.”
5 Star Review by Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is an adorable story that will delight children from start to finish. One thing is for certain when you read Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and that is you will never be bored reading because it is a diverse all-consuming assault of brilliance that will keep you motivated to read until the very end. It is like the author has a binding spell on young readers and the only way to break this spell is to fully immerse yourself in the layers of the book.”
5 Star Review by Linda Pennington Black: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a beautifully written story of animal friends who have come together to encourage and help one another. Hattie loves her cute little bonnets and she prides herself on knowing what to do and when to do.”
5 Star Review by Theodore J. Cohen: “Children often feel they are the only ones facing challenges, things are always easier “for the other guy,” and they never are going to amount to anything. And of course, with children being children–which is to say, being capable of saying and doing cruel things (in the story, one horse kicks up mud in another’s face during a race) –situations involving competition can turn ugly fast. It’s easy for little ones to get discouraged under such circumstances, and here’s where they need all the encouragement they can get.
Reading a book such as this (and others in Ms. Dunne’s series) is the perfect tonic for brightening a child’s day and restoring their spirits. Who doesn’t love horses? Or a chicken that wears funny hats? Who can stay sad in the face of hearing about how friends can help friends overcome obstacles?”
Review by PSusan: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a delightful story where the animals take center stage. There are new challenges in which Charlene and her friends work together to support, encourage and learn determination. Teamwork is clearly shown in the character’s action as well as lessons in sportsmanship. The writing style is clear and flows well as the story unfolds. The characters are quite a mixed group, horses, a dog, a hen and a sheep, all with distinct personalities to appreciate. I loved the hat wearing hen.”
5 Star Review by Gigi Sedlmayer, Author: “Deanie Humphrys-Dunne did it again. What a lovely story about Charlene the horse and her friends, Hattie, the adorable chicken, the dog Elliot, the sheep Woolium. They all work together and help each other to get there, where they like to be. It’s a great book for horse lovers, and it is not only a story, it has the hidden meaning of “Never to give up and believe in yourself. Well done Deanie. Loved to read it.”
5 Star Review from Reviewer 98309: “I thought Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes was a cute read. I read it with my kids and they enjoyed it.”
Review from Penny G. (NetGalley): “This book was too cute! It is a wonderful children’s book about farm animals. My granddaughter enjoyed reading this together with me as her new ‘chapter book’. This story is told by the animals and is the second book in a series. We will be getting the rest to read.”
5 Stars Review from Kerrie H (NetGalley): “Several things I like about this children’s book. The illustrations are nicely done. The message is positive. (My paraphrase: set goals, be dedicated, don’t give up, team work, etc.) The story has a serious tone, but a lot of humor is sprinkled in. I loved all the characters! They were a sweet bunch of animals. One of the horses has blue eyes. When we raised miniature horses, we occasionally had a blue-eyed horse. I highly recommend this book.”
Amazon Review from SRM Reviews: “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.”
Amazon Review by Sherry Ellis: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a book that would appeal to young horse lovers and animal lovers…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.”
Amazon review by J. L. Mitchell: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a beautiful tale about animal friends who are determined to succeed. It is a fun book with lovable characters. Highly recommended.”
Amazon Review by Janice Spina, Author: “This is an exceptional story for children of all ages.”
You Tube Book Video: https://youtu.be/CBgylXLZjzI
Series: Charlene the Star (Book 2)
Paperback: 101 Pages
Reading Age: 8-10 Years
Grade Level: 3-4
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Edition (March 12, 2018)
Grade Level: 3-4
Horses (Children’s 8-14)
About The Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a multi-award-winning children’s author of eight books: My Life at Sweetbrier–A Life Changed by Horses, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, A Tractor Named Wilbur and Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur and Wilbur’s new Home.. Many of her fictional books are beautifully illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj who also designed the covers for them. Wilbur’s new Home is wonderfully jointly illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj and Wanda L. Urabazo. The series of Charlene the Star books is told by the animal characters.
Deanie’s writing has earned the coveted Mom’s Choice Awards for My Life at Sweetbrier and A Tractor Named Wilbur. Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes won the Reserve Champion Winnie Award at the Equus Film Festival in Children’s Fiction. In that same contest, My Life at Sweetbrier won the Winnie Award in Equine English Biography. Other accolades include the Titan Review Silver Medals, Readers Favorites silver medals, and New Apple Solo (Gold) Medal, among others.
Deanie believes the message that perseverance is the key to accomplishing amazing things and has made it her mission to share this message, one that can benefit every child. Through her inspiring, real life and fictional works, children learn that anything is possible when they refuse to give up on their dreams. Deanie knows from her own life experience that we can attain much more than we ever imagined possible by never quitting.
Deanie’s stories remind readers that tenacity is the key to success. She shares proof that obstacles can be overcome. With the goal of being a positive role model for generations of children, Deanie loves to write entertaining stories that emphasize values that build self-esteem and confidence in young readers. She works tirelessly to create stories that appeal to children in an engaging manner.
Deanie has been featured on several author websites including TheAuthorsShow.com, and blogtalkradio.com with authors JD Holiday and Annette Rochelle Aben.
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