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Shane's Mane Hardcover – January 12, 2010
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What's the connection between riding a horse and learning to read a book? Everything in the world to little Orla, whose affinity for horses and their kinship with her lead her to a startling discovery and newfound self-confidence.
In "Shane's Mane," the first published children's book by Nicole Drumheller Gargus, the author takes us on a delightful ride across a springtime pasture as her main character learns from her horse Shane just how easy and exciting it can be to put one leg before the other in an exhilarating journey toward personal fulfillment.
"Shane's Mane" is sure to become a childhood favorite for years to come. And this is not the last we'll hear of this talented author. --Frank D. Quattrone, Editor, Ticket, Montgomery Media's arts-and-entertainment guide
Nicole Drumheller Gargus will delight and inspire readers young and old with her tale of courage, her story of victory. Be prepared to have your heart moved and your life changed by the magical journey that is Shane's Mane. --Robb C. Sewell, MFA
This book is a lovely story for every little girl who loves horses and wishes she could also gallop freely in her world. I love that learning to read is part of the story. --Barbara Rosoff, Equestrian Instructor, Director, Horse Power for Life
From the Inside Flap
Shane is a beautiful gray horse who just wants to run free. Orla is a girl who thinks she cant do anything because she cant read. Then one day, everything changes. Are you ready to ride a horse . . . for the first time?
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This tale is a feast for the senses as the rich descriptions coupled with sumptuous pictures allow readers young and old to experience a beautiful spring day atop a strong white horse. The scenery is breathtaking and the young Orla with her infectious smile is adorable. Shane himself is impressive but also tender and encouraging as he takes great care of Orla during their secret ride.
"Shane went clip-clop-clip-clop across the wooden bridge. Orla could hear the water babbling in the brook below. They came to the edge of the forest. Orla could see bright blue sky through the trees." (Gargus 48)
Shane's Mane is perfect for the emergent elementary school reader. There are many sight words within the text. The author has cleverly inserted a few vocabulary words along with their definitions to help children expand their lexicon especially as it relates to horses. This book is perfect to assist children who, like Orla, are having a difficult time finding the motivation learning how to read. The cover, pictures and large print make this story extremely inviting for any child wanting to read about the subject of horses. This is also a wonderful book for parents and children read and re-read to one another. My only caution for parents would be this: Be prepared to take your child horseback riding at least once after the conclusion of this book!!!
The author, Nicole Drumheller Gargus, has already found a strong, clear voice in her very first publication and her passion for horses clearly shines through the pages. She takes the reader on the gentle journey on Shane's back and deposits them back home with ease. Mrs. Gargus will seriously need to consider writing a follow up to this story as it is almost certain children will be asking their parents what adventure Orla and Shane will experience next.
Excellent story, pictures, mood and characters. 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.
Nicole Drumheller Gargus' "Shane's Mane" is no doubt a children's book but the style it's written in makes it enjoyable reading for anyone. Reading it touched my heart.
Orla is a young girl who lives on a horse ranch. It's springtime and she is trying to read this book for school. But she doesn't know how to read the words. The reader can tell Orla is trying, but to no avail.
Orla is a lover of horses and she becomes curious about a lonesome horse, Shane. It is predictable that Shane will have a part in Orla overcoming her reading block, but you are excited to learn how.
This book is mainly for young readers and especially young people with learning disabilities. They need a book they can relate to. Out of five stars I would give this book a four. I wish there were more books like this when I was in elementary and middle school.
I would recommend this book because I was diagnosed with ADHD and had social and learning problems. I didn't believe I could do anything. But I didn't realize all the other things I could do like play my instrument, which helped me read and write better. I can relate to Orla's love for her horse, for me it's my saxophone.
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