Monday, November 1, 2010

5 Star REVIEW~"TAILS OF SWEETBRIER" Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


What if you had a dream that you wanted nothing more than to ride horses, but didn't begin to walk until age four? How would you feel as a parent to be told that your child would never be able to walk? How would you feel living on a farm, gazing at beautiful horses everyday, while wishing and praying that you were one of the riders? How would you feel if walking is a difficult task, but you are very eager to ride a horse? A young girl is determined to follow her dream, regardless of the risk involved. Sweetbrier was her life, and her heart was filled with passion to become a champion horseback rider. What did the diagnosis of cerebral palsy mean to one compassionate father, who encouraged his daughter to fight the odds? Are the memories of a sprawling, yellow Victorian house in rolling green pastures a treasure to the children who grew up there, and what adventures will they always remember? How many countless times did Deanie fall off of Little Man, and what did her father do? What code did Deanie use to give Chiefie a carrot when he was in his stall, and did they go to exhibitions together? What happened to Chiefie and Jubilee, after fire broke out in the barn? Does the Humphrys family give up, or do they build a new barn? How old was Holly when she began to ride horses? After surgery, crutches, and the use of a cane, does Deanie ride Peach? Who took First Place in the Reserve Champions at Mrs. Foster's Farm, and who was the rider? 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. Furthermore, 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.


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