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Hotey Paperback – August 1, 2013
About the Author
Josephine Bailey was born in London, England. She studied at the Corona Theatre Academy and as a child actress appeared in a number of British television plays and films. Since immigrating to the United States her voice has featured in animated productions for Nickelodeon, Disney and Dreamworks. She has a life-long love and compassion for all animals; great, small and in between. Jo has two daughters and one granddaughter. She and her husband live in South Carolina.
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Hotey is like teenagers, who dream of this and that and have to find themselves.
“He was eager to explore it all. His mother restrained him gently, reminding him that a wise donkey learns to walk before he tries to run. She taught him to respect the older members of the herd…”
Hotey’s herd is a tight group. They have lot of stories to tell. To Hotey the stories of untrustworthy humans, who mistreat and abuse burros, are most scary and fascinating at the same time.
“They told of donkeys who had escaped and found freedom; the donkey heroes. The young donkey would listen and shudder. The stories scared him, but thrilled him too, the way scary stories should. “But who did they escape from, who beat them, who hurt them?” he asked. “Man”…”
Life gets much scarier for Hotey when by chance he gets captured by men, who are really after the stallions. Separated from his herd he has to figure out things for himself, apply what he has learned from his mother and learn to be a leader.
Very cleverly Josephine Bailey introduces very different characters to illustrate temperaments and different success principles. Hotey ponders thoughts and finds answers by observing, asking and learning from others, including men. His trusted friend, flashy parrot Sancho (see book cover), communicates with everybody including men, thus has many answers. Hotey’s and Sancho’s dialogues will help teenagers and even children to understand many of life’s essential values:
“Sancho,” he [Hotey] whispered. “can someone be brave, if in their heart they know they are scared?” Sancho peered out from the white curtain of beard. “Ahh, but do you not see? To undertake something, even though you fear to do it...that is true courage amigo! If you have no fear, then you do not require courage...”
‘Hotey’ is a wonderful and positive read, full of carefully crafted beautiful dialogs:
“Sorry it ain’t more, boys,” Michael patted them. “still, sometimes it’s the small pleasures in life that mean the most. That and someone to share them with.”
Highly recommended to everybody from 9 to 99; in fact, I think this book should find its way into school libraries, where it would be appreciated by teachers, parents and students.
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
EVEN BETTER - it's excellent for families! There were a couple of scarey and sad parts, but not one ugly part, not one bad word, not one questionable scene... my grandchildren will be getting this VERY SOON! They are 5 and 3, big readers, and in love with animals. this book will delight them.
It is with great confidence that i recommend this book to 100% of my friends and family, and everyone else that i meet. It is a rare book, indeed, that can be read and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!!!
BEST of all, it is only $3 at the Kindle store; order it immediately and start reading right now!!
It reminded me much of the book "Hind's Feet in High Places", in that you learn what strengths you have; and how much you grow as a result of faith and trust, and hope, and of just living life.
I definitely recommend this book. Would also make a perfect "read out loud" book to read to someone else.
This book should be a classic and one day I believe it will. We need to encourage others to read it and our children also....so many lessons to learn here!