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"A warm and engaging narrative full of Morgan horse lore and character..." -- Jeanne Mellin Herrick, author, The Complete Morgan Horse

"A warm and engaging narrative full of Morgan horse lore and character; a veritable kaleidoscope of horses, dogs, birds and people, made all the more enjoyable because their story is true! I've known many a Morgan not unlike Clifford!" -- Jeanne Mellin Herrick, author, "The Complete Morgan Horse"

"Ahhh, Clifford! Every horseperson at some point in their life should be lucky enough to have a horse like Clifford; the type of horse who is unforgettable because of their intelligence, personality, and sense of humor. Do horses have a sense of humor? Well, Clifford of Drummond Island is a Morgan who certainly seems to have a quirky view of laughter and life.

Author Bailey has come up with a winning true story about Clifford the Morgan Horse that is witty, engaging, and at times, laugh out loud funny. Best of all, Bailey admits to her equine shortcomings with hilarious results.

The author also includes a short quote at the beginning of each chapter that sets the stage for the story to come. There are wonderful passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Milton, Helen Keller, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth that add a special touch to this light-hearted volume. Trot right out and pick up a copy of Clifford of Drummond Island to chase your winter blues away!" -- Hallie McEvoy, "Horseman's Yankee Pedlar"

"In this enchanting tale, Nancy Bailey shows us how good training and love can be woven together to create the kind of partnership we all want with our horses." -- Alexandra Kurland, author, "Clicker Training For Your Horse"

"The author has provided a special way to make Drummond Island a part of all of us. If you love horses and animals in general, this book will make you laugh and make you cry. This is a book that will stay with you, as many fine classics do." -- Nadja King, Editor, "Horses For Life" magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Equine artist Nancy J. Bailey is author of the Clifford sequel, "Return to Manitou." She has also compiled a collection of her equine art, poetry and essays, "The Horses Who Inspired Me." Other works include "My Best Cat," a murder mystery, and "Holding the Ladder," a novel. Nancy is also an award winning playwright. She is divorced and currently lives in Michigan with the inimitable Clifford, whose latest trick is learning to paint with watercolors.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449913695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449913694
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can you hear that sound? It's the trees calling. That primeval urge to go home to the woods, to smell the air, and the innate need for Quiet are things that motivate me. Though I currently live in southeast Michigan, it is this need that causes me to hitch up the horse trailer and haul my family of animals six hours north to Drummond Island each year.

Someone once described me as a "woodsy ragamuffin." This is pretty accurate, except for the seemingly incongruous fact that, like many thespians, I enjoy dressing up. There are various reasons people do stage plays: A love of the arts; a desire to be someone else at least temporarily; an urge to behave erratically in a public forum. While all these apply to me, my main reason is that I am, quite simply, a ham. I love karaoke too. There's nothing like bopping around on stage in leather pants, swinging a microphone and forcing a crowd of strangers to listen to my slightly off-key version of, "Tracks of My Tears."

I'm sort of an amature behaviorist, having loved to learn different aspects of animal training. My horse Clifford does many tricks, and continues to make his own stuff up, providing me with lots of story material. I hope we will spend many more years together.

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It thought it was an easy book to read and a wonderful story.
century oak farm
Nancy Bailey is a talented writer who is able to quickly bring the reader into her special world and share her love and connections with her animals.
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If you love to read about animals, especially horses, this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was enchanted with this story of nature, magic, and the love between horse and human. There is humor, heartbreak, and so much in between. If you have ever had the honor and pleasure of an extra special, once in a lifetime animal companion you will revel in this wonderful story. And if you haven't just read Ms. Bailey's book and hope to be so blessed one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BirdCrazy on December 12, 2007
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Clifford is a wonderful book for anybody who loves horses. It's also a great read for any animal lover, whether your favorite animal is a dog, cat, bird, or any other four-legged, furry friend. Nancy Bailey is a talented writer who is able to quickly bring the reader into her special world and share her love and connections with her animals. Clifford, the star of the book, is a comical, lovable horse who obviously adores Bailey but also insists on doing things his own way. Bailey isn't afriad to show these quirks and funny mis-adventures and that's what gives the book such a personal, enjoyable touch. Clifford and Trudy, another horse of Bailey's, also have a special connection with the many dogs that share Bailey's attentions. The book is made up of lots of short chapters, each one a new adventure. The horse/dog adventures are interspersed with stories about other animals that have touched Bailey's life. I particularly enjoyed the story about Rookie, the curious chickadee, Joe the Goat, and Frightful the Hawk. After reading this enchanting book, I feel like I know all of Bailey's special animal friends quite well. I highly recommend this book for a fun, memorable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Harrison on October 16, 2013
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I absolutely fell in love with CLIFFORD OF DRUMMOND ISLAND - the book and the horse. Nancy J. Bailey does an incredible job of carrying us to the Island through her words and very visual images. Her combination of humor and down-to-earth problems breathed life into Clifford's story, and I would recommend this book for a wide range of readers, from advanced middle readers up to and including adults of all ages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2002
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This book gives us a peak in to the life of a very interesting, talented woman. She actually has time to ride her horse with her dogs running along beside. She has great adventures, thanks to a horse, Clifford, with a spunky personality. I think any animal lover will enjoy this book very much. References to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are pretty interesting, also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Kowalewsky on March 6, 2009
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Absolutely wonderful story by a Michigan author. I could not put the book down! When you finish reading "Clifford of Drummond Island" you'll immediately want to move on to the sequel "Return to Manitou".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborahbroadwaycrawford on July 4, 2009
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Great most read book for all animal lovers! Author shares from the heart and a great artist too! Will love this book! Please read cause it will touch your heart and wanting more from author!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 11, 2002
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This is a story about a horse that has a mind of his own, another horse who is perfect, and one who isn't so right in the head. Clifford of Drummond Island is a great book. Clifford is a chestnut colored Morgan colt who is raised using "clicker training" a technique used on dogs. With clicker training Clifford learns various tricks including learning how to fetch a cone. Clifford wins the hearts of everyone on Drummond Island, especially Mrs. Bailey's dad. This a great book for horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike!
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By lynd brown on December 2, 2012
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I was a fan of Marguerite Henry as a child, Justin Morgan being one of my favorite books. Clifford outdoes Justin Morgan in the personal nature of the stories that are shared. A true story, sometimes life is even better than fiction. Nancy Bailey writes with great humor and irony, and if you're not already in love with Morgan horses, you will be after reading this book, all about her brilliant sidekick, Clifford, and all the other wonderful critters that share their lives! A MUST read for anyone who loves horses!
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