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Reviewed by Virginia Wright
Author of Timothy the Christmas Mouse & the companion coloring book, Buzzzzzzzz...: What Honeybees Do, Crying Bear, The Christmas Secret, The Princess and the Castle, and The Prince and the Dragon.
Charlie is really a funny horse and it took a few times when he was in training for the trainer and the exercise person to figure this out. Charlie was out on the track and he was running good but he saw some flowers and he wanted to stop an have them for a snack. Kerry says come on Charlie not now. When they came back from that trip out Kelly told Misty what happened. Misty says I noticed that he does like to smell and eat flowers but what can we do.
They decided that they should try blinkers and they found that it worked well Charlie also got the idea that he needed to keep his mind on what his job was racing not the flowers. He later was set up to run against two friends Gloria and Budding the first time out he let them win but the next time he told himself that he wasn't going to do that again, he wants to be a winner so that is just what he did, He left them in the dirt and it felt good he said.
The trainer saw what speed Charlie was showing so she talked it over with Kelly if she thought it was time for a better race and they both decided to asked the owner if they could put him in a better race to see what he will do. The first race he did well not a winner but showed again that he has the speed again permission was given to enter a even more challenged race for CHARLIE this time he won and then won again.
Charlie was so happy when he would make it to the winners ring because of how much he liked flowers that were hung on his neck. He also would get a very special dinner and a bubble bath an brushed till he shined so nice. He also would get his candy for a extra treat.
Charlie also found that he liked to watch butterflies because they were so pretty to watch when out in the fields, Charlie loves to eat dandelions and tulips while watching them. When Charlie had to do something that he didn't really like, he would stomp showing he was not happy.
Joe was his jockey and took him on to win several races and then on this last race before they were going back to have a vacation and spend time with his family, they made a trip to the winners ring and Charlie saw all these ladies walking around with hats full of flowers. Charlie thought to himself wonder if I could eat their hats.
Trip back to his home base was a joyful time for Charlie, first one he saw was his mom and then ran up to her and she says, you have grown an even prettier then you were before. Charlie was left to visit with his sister an they told each other how much they loved each other. Now it is time for him to have a very nice vacation before it is time to work again.
I am not a child, but I still enjoyed reading it very much. As a teenager I was horse riding and always wondered what horses were thinking and put little speeches for the horse I was riding. I also ran horses on the beaches at Northsee in Germany. It was thrilling, for me and the horse. I felt how horses love to run.
And so is it with Charlie. He enjoyed learning how to run for races because he loved to run, and when he was booked in for several races, he just had to win. And he won each race after he became only second in his first race.
I highly recommend that story for every child, not only for children, they love horses.
Leaving home is the least of Charlie’s concerns. Overcoming his fears in preparing for the races into which he is entered present far greater challenges. Another horse by the name of The General—a mentor of sorts—guides Charlie, encouraging him never to give up, regardless of what life throws at him. This lesson, above all, is probably one of the most important “takeaways” a child can derive from reading this book (not that more than a few adults might benefit as well!). That the story is about a horse only enhances the book’s value for young readers, as do the beautiful illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Five STARS all the way.
* I received a courtesy copy of this book for review, but the opinions expressed are my own.
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