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Product Details

  • Paperback: 53 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448986729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448986729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,682,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie the Horse has a 5-star review posted on Amazon.com. It is a book of the week selection. Interviews are posted on authorgeriahearnsbookreviews.com. --geriahearnsaurhotreviews.com

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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 feel like running? What will Charlie decide to do when he faces challenges on the race track? You'll find the answers to these questions and Charlie will entertain you with his amusing thoughts. You'll be inspired and entertained by his adventures.

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I highly recommend this fascinating book to children, parents, and teachers.
Geraldine Ahearn
I also liked how skillfully the author wove in real terms of parts of a horse or the training terms.
Deborah S. Hockenberry
I highly recommend that story for every child, not only for children, they love horses.
Gisela H. Sedlmayer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2010
Format: 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.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Daly Lipe on May 27, 2011
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'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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Ellis VINE VOICE on February 28, 2011
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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 Humphrey 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah S. Hockenberry on September 11, 2014
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One morning, Charlie the Horse is born at Raven Racing Stables. He spends his days frolicking in the meadows with his mother running and eating wildflowers. That is, until his mother takes him to another barn where he can meet other foals. There he meets his two best friends, Glory and Buddy. The three foals like to race each other in the meadow to see who’s fastest. In the barn where Charlie met Glory and Buddy, Charlie also meets another racehorse named General Quick who was a great racehorse when he was younger. Charlie gets a lot of racing advice from him. Will Charlie be a great race horse like his father, Charles the Great?

I liked this book since it lets the reader know not to ever give up on your dreams. It also lets them know to never give up, no matter what. I also liked how skillfully the author wove in real terms of parts of a horse or the training terms.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Loveman on February 16, 2011
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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: Firehouse Family Series: Book One,The Quarry: Firehouse Family Series: Book Two and The Farm Fires: Firehouse Family Series: Book Three
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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children's author. She spent her childhood in Easton CT. Her first book, Tails of Sweetbrier, an autobiograpy, won the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards, and was a finalist in the Clippa Awards. Her fictional books: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, are amusing stories told from the animals' points of view. They all convey important life lessons for children. All of Deanie's books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Holly also designs the covers for them.
Deanie has been featured on several radio shows, including www.theauthorsshow.com. She has also been interviewed on various other radio shows. She has also received numerous blogging award nominations.
Deanie loves watching equestrian events and figure skating competitions, as well as spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Elliott is featured in 3 of Deanie's books!
Deanie's website is: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.