||Sept. 21, 2009
Tails of Sweetbrier is an autobiography of a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. It shows that anything is possible if you persevere. It was chosen Most Inspirational book by a visiting author in 2009, by the staff of the Book Cove.
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Tails of Sweetbrier is a true inspirational story of a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider, in spite of her handicap. Deanie struggles to learn to ride, but she was taught never to give up. You'll see what amazing things she accomplishes by persevering. Readers from second grade up will enjoy this book.
"Have you ever really wanted to be able to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind?"
"You have to make a difficult choice. I made the choice once and it changed my whole life, by giving me experiences I would never have had if I took the easy street and had not tried."
Review for Tails of Sweetbrier
If you love stories about horses, this award winning story, Tails of Sweetbrier, will bring you
hours of reading pleasure. Though Deanie Humphrys is born with a handicap
that has doctors declaring she will never walk, her dad tells them he
will prove them wrong. Not only will he teach her to walk, she will also
learn to ride a horse. So Deanie's parents open a riding school,
Sweetbrier, and with her dad's help, Deanie-in spite of arms and legs
severely weakened by her disability-struggles each day to learn to ride.
She often falls off the horse, but when she feels like giving up, her
dad reminds her, "The Humphrys don't give up." And she doesn't. She
learns to ride horses and even to win horse-jumping competitions!
Written by Deanie Humprys-Dunne and illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, Tails of
Sweetbrier will leave you knowing that you, too, "have the power to make
your dreams come true."
Reviewed by Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti
A Story of a Dream, the Challenges, and a Victory
Book Review of TAILS OF SWEETBRIER by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
February 14, 2011
Deanie may have started out with a physical problem, but very soon she was having the same riding problems all of us have had as we grew up riding: lots of falls, embarrassments, and great joy at accomplishing our immediate goals.
As an adult, following along as Deanie so clearly expresses her learning experiences, I could easily remember my “mistakes along the way” and I rejoiced with her as she reached for and attained her successes.
This is not just a horse story, it’s the story of a family. Any young riding enthusiast who reads TAILS OF SWEETBRIER will identify with Deanie, and most certainly, will be glad to know they are not alone in mastering the art of horsemanship!
Reviewed by Laurie Loveman
Author of the Firehouse Family Novels
Memories, The Quarry, The Farm Fires,
Demise of the Horse Fairy
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