Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Tractor Named Wilbur featured on Reader's Magnet!


I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my first picture book, A Tractor Named Wilbur- Friendships Last Forever today. It is the winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Gold Medal.  Thank you, Author’s Lounge, for the invitation to introduce Wilbur’s story to your audience.

Wilbur is a cheerful little red tractor who loved helping his friend Jim. Wilbur has known Jim for five years. In the morning, Jim would typically open the barn door and say, “Top o’ the mornin’ to you, Wilbur.” In the summer Wilbur loved mowing the grass for Jim. He cut every blade of grass perfectly. Jim appreciated Wilbur’s efforts. He proved that by taking very good care of him. For example, when Wilbur’s tires were muddy, Jim hosed them off and dried them with a towel. Jim had a tool box with Wilbur’s name on it. He even covered Wilbur with a fluffy green blanket when the weather was chilly.

Although Wilbur loved cutting the grass for Jim, he wanted more things to do. Wilbur asked Jim if there were other tasks he could learn. The little red tractor was thrilled to wear chains on his tires in the winter to help keep him from slipping while he pushed the snow into neat piles. Before long, Wilbur pulled a small cart so Jim could carry gardening tools and weeds from the flower beds. He loved his life with Jim, but things were about to change.

One morning Jim opened the barn door. He didn’t say, “Top o’ the mornin’ to you Wilbur.” Of course, Wilbur noticed something was bothering Jim. He said, “Jim, you look sad. What’s wrong?”

Jim explained he wanted to buy the lot across the street so he could have his own vegetable garden. Wilbur answered, “That’s exciting. Why are you sad?”

Jim whispered, “Wilbur, you’re getting o-l-d-e-r.” He told his little tractor that he would feel very sad if Wilbur got hurt while mowing that big field. Jim felt he needed a new tractor.

When he heard the news, Wilbur’s body shook and tears cascaded down his headlights. Wilbur stomped his tires, insisting he didn’t want to leave. 

The next day, Jim came into the barn to visit Wilbur. He washed Wilbur’s headlights with warm soapy water. He patted the little tractor and reassured him that he would find a new home for Wilbur with someone who loved him.

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copyright 2021 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day


Please take a moment to honor our military, past and present. We our them a debt we can never repay for defending our country. Each of them is a hero.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

 What happened when Hattie the chicken learned her friends were depressed? What did she do to help?How about a talent show to showcase their abilities? Check out this new video.

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copyright 2021 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday, May 24, 2021

New revised video for Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes

 Stop by to watch this new video of Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. What kind of new business to Charlene the Star and her friends start? Who are their first clients?  Thank you so much for checking it out.

copyright 2021 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Friday, April 23, 2021

What Makes a Champion?

Here is part of a new essay about a milestone in my life.


 I was born with cerebral palsy, which made walking difficult. In fact, I was nearly four-years-old when I took my first unsteady steps. A doctor said I’d never walk, but Daddy wouldn’t accept that. Instead, he chose to teach me to ride horses.

      Daddy and I worked diligently toward our goal. After six years, I’d learned basic things— walking, trotting, and cantering. I asked Daddy if I could learn to jump.

      I grew up at my family’s riding school, called Sweetbrier. It was the place where my dream could come true. What did I dream about? Becoming an equestrian champion. Lots of kids can do that, right? In my case, there was an obstacle to overcome.

     “What if you fall off, honey?”

      “Daddy, I’ll get up. I always have.”

       He said he’d think about it, but my intuition said success wasn’t around the corner.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Check out the free sample download of Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes

Charlene the Star was known for her jumping skills and ability to win in horse shows. But in this adventure, she wants something exciting to do in her spare time. What will Charlene and her friends do for their new career? What is Wooliam the sheep’s specialty? Does his dream come true? Young readers will enjoy this amusing tale, told by the adorable animal characters. This book highlights the value of friendship, helping others and teamwork.

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 Picture and cover design by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

copyright 2021 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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