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Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs Hardcover – May 1, 1990
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And how right he was! With Latawnya, I learned the dangers of using drugs and have ceased all drug use. Unfotunately, ButterSnickers has vanished since I stopped taking hallucinogens, and I have been unable to thank him personally for this magical and priceless gift.
What gives this short book (I might even say "pamphlet," but that sounds a bit demeaning, somehow) its intense emotional impact is the realization that, yes, Latawnya and the fillies that influence her decision to start drinking and smoking drugs are in fact horses. Not simply "stand-ins" for humans, but actual horses. Imagine!
Why does that increase the impact? Simple. Horses have hooves rather than fingers. A horse must be VERY determined to drink and smoke drugs in order to do so. After all, hard liquors, as well as wine coolers, do not naturally occur in fields. Hay takes a while to ferment, and what would the liquid be? No, the horses actively go out and procure the drinks and drugs that they drink and smoke, whereas a human-person might simply happen to find themselves with a smokable drug pressed into their hand by a friend, acquaintance, or mentor. Today's youth understands this.
By subtly emphasizing the lengths to which horses must go to drink and smoke drugs (perhaps hitting its literary high note early on with the masterstroke sentence "Then Daisy slapped the alcohol and drugs out of Latawnya's hoof.") Mrs. Gibson wisely reminds us that we, as humans, must be even more vigilant in our efforts to avoid smoking drugs and drinking.
This is a book I will cherish forever, and read often.
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.
I would normally give this book a poor review for plagiarism alone, but I have to admit the message is still very solid. The careful redacting of the more disturbing (shudder) elements of the Pie biography make this story appropriate for fillies, and it still retains its positive message. If you have an older filly, be she earth, pegasus, or unicorn, you would be doing well to pass this literature along to her. Don't wait until she's homeless in an alley and trading clopjobs for Vicks Vap-O-Rub!
One star has been removed for the plagiarism, which is fairly light, I admit. I can understand the neigh-sayers, but it's actually better (or at least more foal-friendly) than the original. Do yourself a favor and buy your copy now, before Pinkie finds out and sues the author into oblivion.
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But thanks to this inspired work ( thank you God ),
I am not a horse anymore.