- Hardcover: 35 pages
- Publisher: Vantage Pr (May 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0533091020
- ISBN-13: 978-0533091027
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,855,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs Hardcover – May, 1990
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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.
But thanks to this inspired work ( thank you God ),
I am not a horse anymore.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the critics are not taking this book seriously and I could get very mad about that. Clearly none of these people full of mockery ever had to live with a drug addicted... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jessica Salmonson
What can I say? This book came through me at a hard time in my life. I had just learned my horse, Oliver, had been not only hanging around with the stallions and mares I had... Read morePublished 12 months ago by grace mawer
I've never written a review on Amazon before, but this time it--it just feels "right." After all, I have fingers. Fingers are things that are common to humans, but not to horses. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by jyames
As someone who cares deeply for reducing maladaptive behaviors among older fillies, I of course anticipated that this book would contain the typical moral cattle-branding I have... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by A. Wolf
This book is one of the best ever because. It gets the point of not doing drugs across in a very fun and imaginative way. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Hayden Dennis
My good horse friend ButterSnickers presented me with this book at my last birthday party, neatly wrapped in carrot-patterned wrapping paper. "ButterSnickers! Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by P. Iammatteo
Parents everywhere rely on books to teach their children the values that they are unable to teach themselves, values that are best taught in a small, colorfully illustrated book... Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by A.J. Raffles
Although I found this book to be frightening, and I am unable to pass the difficult quiz at the end after many tries, I could not believe how life changing this book was. Read morePublished on July 11, 2009 by C. Moore
.....Thank you, GAWD. And thank you, Mrs. Gibson for writing such a heartbreaking, yet triumphant novel about the dangers of horses playing smoking and drinking games.... Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by BITTER