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The Cloud Horse: Short Fiction For Kids (Children's Horse Books Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Strawberry Shakespeare
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to this collection of three unforgettable and uplifting short stories for children. Boys and girls of all ages who love horses and adventure will adore the title story, "The Cloud Horse," an exhilarating yarn about a kid who is whisked away on the back of a flying horse! Based on “The Boy Who Rode into the Sunset,” a short story classic by C. J. Dennis, this version contains valuable additions, including a division into colorfully titled chapters and a section on the life and times of author C.J. Dennis, which render this magical fable more meaningful and enjoyable than ever.

We are also delighted to bring you "White Fire" and "The Appaloosa Colt," two extraordinary short stories by bestselling children's author Strawberry Shakespeare. Readers of all ages will be enchanted by her mystical and inspiring tales. For your added enjoyment, we have also included a humorous bonus selection from Strawberry Shakespeare's popular, horse-themed children's novel, "Saving Bluestone Belle: Horse Kid & Blue."

At Diamond Star Press we are committed to bringing you the best in children’s fiction. We care about your child’s interest in reading and are dedicated to encouraging children to read more books. We also believe that books can bring parents and kids together. To that end, we aim to publish stories that are suitable for the whole family, stories that parents and teachers alike will love to read aloud to the children in their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR THE CLOUD HORSE!

"Thank you, Strawberry Shakespeare for putting this collection together for young readers." (Joyce Gilmour, 3rd Grade Teacher & Amazon Vine Voice)

"These stories can help a child be more creative and imaginative, in addition to enjoying reading." (Nancy Lester, M.A., Educational Psychologist)

"I read this ebook with my eleven year old. We thoroughly enjoyed the stories." (Laura Peters, Amazon reviewer)
        
"I'm a fan of Strawberry Shakespeare and was excited to find new work by her. This is a wonderful book for kids who love horses...!" (Anna P., Amazon reviewer)

About the Author

Strawberry Shakespeare was born and educated in New York City where she received a master's degree and doctoral training in clinical psychology. While working in the mental health field she returned to her original love - writing - and is now a bestselling children's author and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.
 
Saving Bluestone Belle, Shakespeare's debut novel, is an Amazon bestseller and a popular children's book for ages 9-12, and has been a book club selection, a featured attraction and an award winner at book groups, book fairs, book festivals and animal rights conferences across the country. Her other bestselling children's books include The Cloud Horse: Short Fiction for Kids and her newest release, Hope's Horse: The Mystery of Shadow Ridge.

Shakespeare was interviewed by reporters at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles. What follows is a quote from that interview.

"How we treat the least among us is an indication of who we really are as a culture. Too often, horses are viewed as a disposable commodity rather than as faithful companions and helpmates of man. I was horrified by reports of their rampant abuse and exploitation by the horse slaughter industry, and decided to highlight this issue in my children's novels. My hope is that this story will inspire young people to take a stand against cruelty toward horses and other animals."

For more information about Strawberry Shakespeare and her children's books visit her website at StrawberryShakespeare.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Star Press (March 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PRY6ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cloud Horse October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a teacher of third graders, I am always on the lookout for great books for children to read. When an opportunity arises to review new books, I grab onto as many children's books as possible. Diamond Star Press gave me an electronic version of The Cloud Horse for review purposes. The opinions in this review are solely my own after reading this book.

It is always a wonderful thing when children are encouraged to use their imaginations. The Cloud Horse inspires just that. As an adult reader, I too, enjoyed the adventures of Neville as he took a ride on the cloud horse. The author does a great job of painting pictures in our minds, so the reader can feel as if he/she is experiencing the same events. The story is whimsical and magical--just what we want for our kids today. Too often, the picture is given to them, but children who still have their noses in books can go anywhere, and for many, a story such as The Cloud Horse will open up their minds to create their own adventures.

The second story in the book is "White Fire," in which a young Native American girl saves her best friend's life. Through this experience, she learns that she is more capable than she thought possible. This story opens the door for discussions with children regarding the expectations they have of themselves and the possibilities that lie within their reach, if they just stretch themselves a bit.

The third story, The Appaloosa Colt, shows how a young girl can show responsibility and work for something that means the world to her. She has a collection of model horses..., which leads to her opportunity. I can see parents and teachers using this story as a guide for their own children/students to the possibilities and connections that they might be able to pursue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I love the way Strawberry Shakespeare tells a story. Reading this book, I was amazed how quickly and effectively my imagination was engaged with the first brief story "The Cloud Horse" by C.J. Dennis, about a boy riding on a flying horse.
Instead of a long drawn out tale, the author quickly activates the reader's imagination with Dennis's story, then proceeds with her own action packed stories. All of the stories open one's imagination to all possibility.

These stories can help a child be more creative and imaginative, in addition to enjoying reading. Each story leaves images and words in mind that can easily bring excitement, hope and confidence to a young (or old; I am 76) reader.

Ideas subtly presented through the stories include finding an amazing healing force within, making dreams come true, and conquering fear to do the right thing. What could be better for children than stimulating their imagination, along with some delightfully fun and positive ideas to make their lives better and contribute to the lives of others (including animals.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book October 26, 2013
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This is a very good book. Those of you who like or even owns a horse,will not be able to not like the book
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More About the Author

Strawberry Shakespeare was born and educated in New York City where she received a master's degree and doctoral training in clinical psychology. While working in the mental health field she returned to her original love - writing - and is now a bestselling children's author and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.

Shakespeare's debut novel, Saving Bluestone Belle, written for boys and girls ages 9-12, is a popular, horse-themed comic-adventure. It has been a book club selection, a featured attraction and an award winner at book groups, book fairs, book festivals and animal rights conferences across the country. To learn more about Strawberry Shakespeare and her children's horse books visit www.StrawberryShakespeare.com.





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