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Charlie the Horse by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Champion On Multiple Fronts!,, July 12, 2013
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Sarah Mazor (USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Kindle Edition)
In her book "Charlie the Horse", author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne invites her reading audience to a close-up view of the world of champion horse racing. She does so cleverly, as the inside story of breeding and training horses is told from the point of view of a champion racehorse.
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!

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Geraldine Ahearn "Author Geri Ahearn"
This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Paperback)
Charlie was born in Kentucky, and grew up at Racing Haven Farm. His proud mom nurtured him, taught him what to eat, and showed him where to run. She introduced Charlie to other foals, and General Quick, who was a famous retired racehorse. Charlie wanted to be as famous as his dad, but knew he had to learn about running skills from the General. His best friends were Glory, and Buddy. After running around the pasture with his friends, he gained confidence to reach his goals, and follow his dream. How did Charlie feel when he was informed that he had to leave his mother and friends behind, when it was time to go to the training farm? Who taught Charlie that he had to overcome his fears, and what did he do at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? Did Charlie stay focused with weights on his back, a saddle, and a girth? What did Misty and Kerry teach Charlie, and was he focused? How did Charlie respond to the sound of a loud bell, and did he obey to the commands of cantering, trotting, and galloping? What was the reason for blinkers, and what happened at Delmar Race? At age two, Charlie ran at the Donley Fair Race, was he scared, and did he win? Why did a blacksmith have to take care of Charlie, after this race? Where did Charlie become one of the best racehorses, and what was different about Woodmont Stakes day? Did Charlie ever become a champion, and when did he return home to visit his mother, his new baby sister, and his friends? How many races did Charlie compete in with Buddy? 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."
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We follow Charlie the Horse as he leaves home to receive his education, and it’s great fun to hear his thoughts about his experiences. An older racehorse, The General, tells Charlie that it is important not to give up if he has a bad day. As Charlie learns about being a racehorse, he remembers those words often, and in the end, by working hard, he reaches his goal. 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. I look forward to joining Charlie and his family and friends for more adventures!
Reviewed by Laurie Loveman
Author of the Firehouse Family Novels
Memories, The Quarry, The Farm Fires,
Demise of the Horse Fairy

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Story of a Very Talented Horse, February 28, 2011
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Sherry Ellis - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Paperback)
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.

Charlie the Horse is a very sweet story that would appeal to young horse lovers ages seven to ten. The dialog between the horses is simply delightful. Readers will also learn a thing or two about horse terminology, as author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne provides definitions for some words that might be unfamiliar. As a added bonus, parents will approve of the inherent message to always work hard and not become overconfident. Charles the Horse is a quick read that kids in the second through fifth grades would really enjoy.

You'll love this entertaining children's book!
by Eileen D. Bertanzetti, Author
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Posted February 10, 2010, 10:53 AM EST: What do you do if your father is a famous champion racehorse and everyone thinks you should be too? You can find out what Charlie did in that situation by reading the delightful book Charlie the Horse. From birth, Charlie's mom encourages him, "Don't worry. You'll figure it all out." And Charlie does, but not without a lot of help from friends like General Quick, the retired racehorse, who tells him he will have to have move away from home to get proper training. When Charlie balks at the idea, the General says, "Training and working hard are part of growing up." So Charlie moves to Sweetbrier Racing Stable where new friends help him to acquire racing skills. Usually Charlie wins the races he enters, but when he occasionally loses, his friend Jimmy encourages him, "You did your best. Don't worry; there'll be other races." By the time Charlie is two, he is strong, confident, and "knows when to really fly at the end of a race." And "fly," he does. Charlie goes on to win the biggest race of all: The Kentucky Derby. "Now I know," says Charlie, "what happens when you work hard. But even though I'm the champion, I have to keep working hard so I'll be my best." With that, Charlie heads off to see his mother and his new baby sister. "I'll try to not only be the best racehorse," says Charlie, "but the best big brother too." Written by Deanie Humprys-Dunne and illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, Charlie the Horse will leave you knowing that you, too, can achieve your goals! Reviewed by Eileen D. Bertanzetti, Author
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“I want to be the best race horse around when I grow up, Mama.
You can be, Charlie, as long as you are willing to try your best and not give up when you have a bad day.”
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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne Becoming a Winner!
We follow Charlie the Horse as he leaves home to receive his education, and it’s great fun to hear his thoughts about his experiences.An older racehorse, The General, tells Charlie that it is important not to give up if he has a bad day. As Charlie learns about being a racehorse, he remembers those words often, and in the end, by working hard, he reaches his goal.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. I look forward to joining Charlie and his family and friends for more adventures!
Reviewed by Laurie Loveman
Author of the Firehouse Family Novels
Memories, The Quarry, The Farm Fires,
Demise of the Horse Fairy


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