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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?
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.
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 Star Review: 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.
I endorse Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog along with author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s other books as educational tools with pure reading enjoyment for young impressionable minds.
Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Charlie The Horse
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his Dad, Charles the Great.
Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable?
What will he do if he’s tired and doesn’t feeling like running?
How will Charlie react when he faces challenges on the racetrack?
Charlie tells this story just for you. Your child will delight in reading about Charlie as a baby horse with a big dream.
All of Deanie’s books convey positive messages for children. Charlie the Horse emphasizes working hard and setting goals.
Tails Of Sweetbrier
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
This is a true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider.
Deanie was born with a handicap, which made walking difficult. When doctors say she would never be able to walk, what does her dad do?
He decides to teach her to ride horses. Will she give up when things don’t go well? What happens when she falls off her horse? Even if she prevails, she will need exactly the right horse so they can become a winning team.
This inspirational story will show you that nothing is impossible if you don’t quit. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne grew up in Easton, Connecticut, where her parents owned the riding school called Sweetbrier. She is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature and a member of Cambridge Who’s Who. Tails of Sweetbrier has received a number of awards and recognitions.
Deanie is the author of three fictional children’s books: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. This series of amusing stories hold valuable lessons for young readers. They feature a group of horses and their animal friends who work together to solve problems. Deanie enjoys watching equestrian events, singing and music, as well as spending time with her husband, Francis, their children Brendan and Shane, and their dog, Elliott. Illustrator Holly Humphrys-Bajaj’s passion for Art began at an early age, under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley.
She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Holly dedicates her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children’s book illustrations. She has illustrated all of Deanie’s books.
5 Star Review: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne started her life journey in Easton, CT. Tails Of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is not just another horse tale. Sweetbrier is real a horseback riding school owned by Deanie’s dad in a time where the magic of family, friends and the love of horses inspired a young girl with Cerebral Palsy to pursue the dream to jump horses.
Deanie’s father never settled for the limitations that the doctors warned him of when his 3 year old daughter wasn’t walking, instead he put his fragile young daughter on her own first freckled gray pony named Little Man and gave her the gift of freedom of movement.
With this freedom of movement and the faith her father instilled, Deanie learned that with disability comes ability and her tenacity would one day make her a champion jumper. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne was a champion before she met her horse Peach, but together they became a winning team.
I always quote a passage from each book that I review. I choose this one from page 52-53 because Deanie is talking in her own gentle way, telling her young readers about her horse Peach.
“Do you know what she liked to do for fun?
Well, sometimes she grazed in the pastures, or she would go out in the riding ring to run, or to roll around in the sand. Horses really like rolling in the dirt. They especially like doing it after you worked hard to groom them!
Guess what else Peach really enjoyed?
She liked visiting her favorite friends. Holly’s pony Dark N Fancy was her “boyfriend.” She must have liked the short, dark and handsome type. He was black, too, but he had white on his legs and an uneven white blaze on his head. She might have been impressed with his talent too, because he was an excellent jumper with courage and style. Holly would take him in the same shows as Peach and I entered, but they went in different events. They a cute “couple.”
Sometimes Peach would be out in the riding ring just relaxing, or maybe getting nice and dirty rolling in the sand. What happened if she saw Dark N Fancy grazing in the pasture?
She jumped the fence so they could play together!”
Tails Of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is not only an amazing story, but it serves as a testimony to other children and parents of children with disabilities that life is worth living. Deanie’s father gave her the gift of freedom of movement and now Deanie tells the world as an author of 5 award winning books. Deanie brings her love of horses to life in stories and the lessons of this father and daughter that should not be forgotten over time.
Facts from the CDC:
“Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood”
“Population-based studies from around the world report prevalence estimates of CP ranging from 1.5 to more than 4 per 1,000 live births or children of a defined age range. (2, 3, 4, 5, 6).”
“About 1 in 323 children has been identified with CP according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.”
Data & Statistics for Cerebral Palsy from the CDC
For more information about Kids and Cerebral Palsy visit
Facts about Cerebral Palsy from the CDC
Deanie dedicates this book to her family who always encouraged her and to her dad, who made the decision that changed her life forever. She thanks her sister, Holly, whose beautiful illustrations bring the story to life in this book and in her other books Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star, Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog and Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes.
I endorse Tails Of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne for her unwavering courage as a child, compassion for horses and gentle story telling that helps kids and adults alike see possibilities in the face of disability. Review by Theodocia McLean.
Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper, after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she wants to do something new and exciting in her spare time. What is her new career?
What happens when she meets her new friends Hattie and Wooliam?
Charlene solves problems for her new friends, while relying on some old friends to help her succeed in her new adventure. Charlene and her team will delight you with their amusing adventures.
Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is Deanie’s fourth book. It is the second in her series of Charlene the Star stories.
Tails of Sweetbrier and Charlie the Horse are Deanie’s award-winning stories published in 2009. Charlene the Star was published in 2010.
Deanie is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of Cambridge Who’s Who. The Dunne family loves spending time with their dog, Elliott. Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, as well as children’s book illustration.
About Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: Deanie is a children’s book author with five books published at this time: Award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.
All of her books offer positive messages for children. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books. All books are available on Kindle.
Tails of Sweetbrier is an inspirational award-winning autobiography about a little girl whose one desire was to become a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. This book has won the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Contest and was a finalist for the Clipp Awards. Tails of Sweetbrier will show children that anything is possible if you persevere. This book was chosen “Most Inspirational” by the staff of the Pawling Book Cove in 2009. (first edition) Tails of Sweetbrier is now published in a second edition. The most recent award for this book is Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Contest in 2015. Deanie’s other books, Charlie the Horse, and Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, are amusing, fictional tales, which contain important life lessons. All of these books are available on Kindle.
Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been featured on several author websites. She has been interviewed several times by renowned, award winning author, Claire Power Murphy on Claire’s program, “Improve Every Year. Her interview with Claire, “Building character Through Children’s Stories” received top billing. Deanie has just been selected as “Author of the Year” by author/reviewer, Geri Ahearn in 2013.
She has recently received the following blogging award nominations: Liebster Award (2), Shine On Award, Sunshine Award, Dragons Loyalty Award, Very Inspiring Blogging Award, the Super Sweet Award and the The Shauny Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. She’s most grateful to everyone who nominated her.
Deanie is secretary for the Claire Power Murphy Foundation. She enjoys watching equestrian events, and figure skating competitions, music and singing, spending with her family, and their dog, Elliott. She is also an avid Yankee fan.
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