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Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs Hardcover – May 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 35 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Pr (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0533091020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0533091027
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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357 of 370 people found the following review helpful By judolphin VINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the tale of three African American horses (Latawnya, Latoya and Daisy), who leave the stable and get drugs from four white horses (Connie, Chrystal, Jackie and Angie). It is a timely and poignant tale that will leave you laughing, crying, and making scary noises.

It starkly and accurately presents the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face from Caucasian equine drug pushers; when one of the horses died of a drug overdose, this reviewer wept openly. This is a lesson all children, foals, calves, chicks and cubs must learn before it is too late.

A classic of our time. Get it while you still can.
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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Monsieur Monsieur on August 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used to be an alcoholic, drud-addicted AND naughty horse.
But thanks to this inspired work ( thank you God ),
I am not a horse anymore.
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268 of 283 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Widdershins on May 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A solid read right out of the gait! While most reviewers may feel as if they were mercilessly pommeled by the message of this book (adapted from the Canter-bury Tales), I found the story a great starting point for discussion. Sure to stirrup controversy, 'Latawnya' has her blinders removed by the harsher truths of life. Neighsayers, doubtlessly, feel it may be too 'adult' for youngsters, however, parents saddled with the responsibility of educating their kids may disagree. The unbridled truths revealed herein can only serve to corral the impetuous spirits of today's youth by presenting the dangers of today's world as they are. Stable homes are built on open relationships created thusly. Ms. Gibson doesn't trot around the moral to be learned, and, as such the reader is not reined in by obfuscations. I can only hope that others help to make this spread like Wildfire, the more the farrier. It behooves you to buy this book!
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175 of 186 people found the following review helpful By H. Duffin on June 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I can't express how grateful I am that my friend sent me this book! The timing of it is a godsend! You see, last night I came home to find my cats molesting my Ugly Doll. I freaked out, then regained my composure and had a heart-to-heart with them. Turns out THEY were smoking drugs and drinking booze! This shocked me, as I had no idea how they got those drugs, yet alone how they managed to carry the drugs or the booze in their tiny, little paws. When I asked where they learned this, they meowed, "I learned it from watching YOU!" I don't get this since I quit smoking the drugs a long time ago, way before I got them.

Anyways, I realized I should have spoken with them about these dangers a long time ago. I wasn't sure how to handle this situation when I got home tonight, but now I do. I'm going to read them this book! I know Latawnya is a horse and they are cats, but we are all creatures of God, or so the homeless man on the corner screams.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. on June 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At first glance this might just look like your average Run-of-the-mill novel. However when one delves deeper into the thought provoking pages, it is impossible to deny Sylvia Scott Gibson's literary prowess and intellect.

The 2 months that I spent reading "Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs (Hardcover)" I couldn't put it down! The book is about the epic journey of a young mare named Latawnya and her coming to terms with the smoking of drugs and the drinking of alcohols. As she is in her downward spiral of self-satisfaction she is confronted by her 2 sisters, Daisy and Latoya that remind her that "smoking and drinking is not ok". However Latawnya is not fully convinced. It is not until Mother and Father Horse confront her that she begins to see the mistakes she has made.

Also at first glance it would be easy to write this off as being irrelevant as it deals solely on horses. This however is a clever trick used by the author to give us a inside look at the world of drugs and alcohol through a horses eye's. Only then do we realize that horse, Latawnya could be you or someone close to you.

Let us not forget that Father horse had a friend that "accidentally took an overdose", He did not intend to overdose but did so anyway and proceeded to die from it. He would never be alive again.

I am looking forward to the upcoming sequel "Latawnya Relapses and Sells Her Hooves to the Upper Darby Glue Factory; a Horses Tale" Due summer 2008 (supposedly). Sylvia S. Gibson is an idea machine, and as an idea machine she will change the way we look at ourselves and the world, through the horse oriented gospel that is Latawnya.
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Barry Charming on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
On the surface, Sylvia S. Gibson's stirring account of equine tranche de vie is an eye-opening page-turner. When picked up for the fourth and fifth time, however, the story is far deeper than initially expected. These horses represent humanity, and they are smoking drugs. WE are smoking drugs. Gibson is a wordsmith, subconsciously compelling the reader to put oneself in Latawnya's hooves.

This brillant work is rated with 4 stars because the story is deceptively written for children, but it deals with heavy issues: horses smoking drugs, horses drinking alcohol, horses overdosing, and horses dying. Some of the illustrations are quite graphic as well, depicting most of the previously mentioned situations, as well as horse-to-horse kissing. It was wise for the artist to avoid images of horses hugging. Be warned if you have children under 18.

This should be required reading for mankind. Dig deep into this story.
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