Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes:
Introduction:Charlene the Star is earning a reputation as a fine jumper, after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping but she yearns for something new and exciting to do in her spare time. What is her new career? What happens when she meets her new friends Hattie and Wooliam? Charlene and her team will delight you with their new adventures. You'll be astounded at what they are able to accomplish when they work as a team.
Here are some comments from the review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn:
I love this and all of the books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne- 5 out of 5 Stars
Each book is loaded with experiences of personal pride and happiness due to accomplishing goals by "doing the hard work". The reader is inspired at every turn.
The stories are realistic, having obstacles as well as successes, and are filled with family or friends who help and encourage each other. In reading about one success after another through personal effort, the reader's personal dreams start jumping into their heads, along with the feeling of "I can do it!" - "is that all it takes? Perseverance and hard work? I can do that!!"
Thank you, Deanie, for the constant reminder to ourselves and our children that a successful, happy life is within our reach when we put for the effort to accomplish our dreams.
by Joanne, CT
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Story with Lessons of Good Character, December 27, 2011
By Author Sherry Ellis
Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes is a book that would appeal to young horse lovers and animal lovers. The added bonus is that it is a book that teaches good character. It's about helping others, working hard, setting goals, doing your best, and being a gracious winner or loser.
Charlene the Star-The Champion:
“Good morning, Charlene,” said the mama horse to her newborn daughter. “Welcome to the world here at Racing Haven Farm in Kentucky. Look at your dark red coat. I wonder who else had red hair in our family. You have my long legs and pretty brown eyes and you have a star on your forehead. You don’t have white stockings like your big brother, Charlie. You don’t have black hair like Charlie and I either. But, you certainly are a beautiful redhead! Your dad’s name is Charles the Great. My real name is Star Quality, but I’ll always be Mama to you. I will call you Charlene the Star, so your name will be a little like mine and your dad’s. I can talk to you and to other animals, but we don’t talk to people.I was a famous racehorse before I decided to be a mom. There are many famous racehorses in our family so we expect you will become one, too. First, you must drink lots of milk so you grow big and strong. You and I will spend all our time together for now, because you’re a baby. My job is to keep you safe while you’re growing bigger and stronger every day.”
Excerpts from Charlene the Star; The Opening Scene:
Meeting Blossom and Shy AnnI’m really looking forward to making friends with some of the other little girl horses. I can hardly wait to visit them, thought Charlene. See how careful my Mama is! She knows I’d be shy with strangers. She wants me to get to know the little fillies first. How sweet is that?
“Hi Ann, you are really pretty. I noticed Ann was blushing. She IS shy.
“Hi Charlene, you have such a beautiful red coat,” said Ann. “You would really stand out on the racetrack.”
“Ann, do you want to be a racehorse when you grow up?” asked Charlene.“Have you ever thought of doing anything else?”
“No, Charlene, I wouldn’t dream of becoming anything but the best racehorse I can be. I heard that your mom was a very good racehorse and I’d love for her to give me some tips on it. EVERYONE I know wants to be a racehorse,” said Ann.
Thoughts from Charlene the Star:
She’s so lucky to have big dreams already. I hope I find out what I’d like to do soon.I’m sure that mama will help her do her best at racing.
I don’t like the girth when it feels tight. I’m going to hold my breath so my tummy gets as big as possible. Then, just before I think I might turn blue, I’ll let my breath out. That should give me a little extra room between my tummy and the girth.
I was going to tell mama I’d like to be a model. My red hair would look lovely under the spotlight, but then I remembered I’d have to diet all the time. That would make me really cross. I’d have trouble smiling for my pictures.
Is anyone going to give me something to munch on? I’m getting worried and that’s giving me a big appetite. A few peppermints would make me feel much better.
“Charlene, why are you hopping up and down like that? Those little hops are called crow hops,” said mama.