Charlie the Horse


Charlie has big dreams. He wants to be a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he learns racing is much harder than he thought it would be. Will he have the talent for it? Does he focus on his work?
Charlie the Horse is an amusing, endearing tale that your child will love. Charlie has many life lessons to share with them as well. Cha
rlie the Horse is available on Kindle in the Second Edition.

Now available revised in paperback and on Kindle AND AUDIO!

Illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj:

Baby Charlie and his Mom

Charlie going to training

Charlie and Misty in the round pen

Amazing read!
Charlie is an amazing read. If you love horses then this book is for you.
I enjoyed the read and cannot stop reading it. Get yours and enjoy it with your kids

May 23, 2019
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My name is Ellie and I'm 12. I really liked this book. I liked reading about the relationships between the horses, but I mostly liked it as an athlete. I'm an athlete just like Charlie (except I do gymnastics, not running), and I really liked the message that competing takes lots of practice, that it's okay if you don't always win, that you need to try your best and that sometimes you can have challenges that you just need to find a solution for (like blinkers); it doesn't mean you have to give up. :)
on January 22, 2018
What a nice book, not only for children, we all will find a it good read. Im glad to have found this book. Thanks to the author to allow her imagination to do this work. Loved it. Thank you!

 Racehorse Magic – A Five Stars Read!November 28, 2016
This review is from: Charlie The Horse (Kindle Edition)
Racehorse Magic – A Five Stars Read!

I have limited experience with horses but I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating tale of hard work, perseverance and well-deserved success. The author does a great job of conveying some timeless messages about setting-goals and overcoming challenges through a highly entertaining, richly informative and perfectly paced story. The book is divided into easy to follow chapters and each chapter reflects a step in the evolution of the main character, Charlie the Horse. Told in a charming first-person voice, the story offers a unique glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred from the horse’s point of view. Readers will easily feel the horse’s emotions of fear and thrill as he struggles with difficult situations and overcomes them. Beautifully crafted illustrations complement the story. A splendid book that will delight readers of all ages.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Reviewed by Yossi Lapid, author of a picture book series titled Snowman Paul
Reviews for Charlie the Horse: 
A delightful Adventure!-5 stars
Charlie was born in Kentucky, and grew up at Racing Haven Farm. His proud mom nurtured him, taught him what to eat, and showed him where to run. She introduced Charlie to other foals, and General Quick, who was a famous retired racehorse. Charlie wanted to be as famous as his dad, but knew he had to learn about running skills from the General. His best friends were Glory, and Buddy. After running around the pasture with his friends, he gained confidence to reach his goals, and follow his dream. How did Charlie feel when he was informed that he had to leave his mother and friends behind, when it was time to go to the training farm? Who taught Charlie that he had to overcome his fears, and what did he do at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? Did Charlie stay focused with weights on his back, a saddle, and a girth? What did Misty and Kerry teach Charlie, and was he focused? How did Charlie respond to the sound of a loud bell, and did he obey to the commands of cantering, trotting, and galloping? What was the reason for blinkers, and what happened at Delmar Race? At age two, Charlie ran at the Donley Fair Race, was he scared, and did he win? Why did a blacksmith have to take care of Charlie, after this race? Where did Charlie become one of the best racehorses, and what was different about Woodmont Stakes day? Did Charlie ever become a champion, and when did he return home to visit his mother, his new baby sister, and his friends? How many races did Charlie compete in with Buddy? I highly recommend this fascinating book to children, parents, and teachers. The story is educational as Deanie Humphrys-Dunne points to the importance of discipline, confidence, and persistence. The main character Charlie is adorable, talented, and amusing. From review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn

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I thought the author did a great job of keeping the reader turning pages after pages, till like me I was finally able to finish this story tonight! This is why I was able to enjoy this ebook and wish now to recommend this for five stars and especially for those who love to read clean,fun horse stories like this I received this ebook for free and in particular to give it an honest review. Super job Deànie! By Angela
on October 5, 2015
I loved Charlie the Horse by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I read it to my daughter about twice a week and she still hasn't gotten tired of it. What a great childrens story with plenty of character development and a great flow. I am now going to try another book by this author called Tails of Sweetbrier. Thanks for such a wonderful story and don't ever stop writing.

Getting to know a thoroughbred: review by author Patricia Daly Lipe: 5 stars
'Charlie the Horse' is a wonderful book not only for children but adults as well to learn about the road to the racetrack by thoroughbred horses. It is especially appropriate now that we are in the Triple Crown and summer racing season. Beautifully illustrated by the author's sister, Holly, it is lovely book to keep forever in your library for enjoyment and reference.
A sweet story of a very talented horse: 5 stars: review by Author, sherry Ellis-5 stars
Charlie the Horse begins with the birth of a very special colt. He is the son of a famous racehorse, Charles the Great. The colt's mother names him, "Charlie the Horse." She encourages him, telling him how handsome he is, and telling him that someday he may be a great racehorse like his daddy. He begins his days at the Racing Haven Farm, and learns a few tips for racing from another famous racehorse, General Quick. Soon the day comes when it's time for Charlie the Horse to start his racing career. He proves to be one very talented horse, winning nearly every race. He likes winning and always does his best.
Charlie the Horse is a very sweet story that would appeal to young horse lovers ages seven to ten. The dialog between the horses is simply delightful. Readers will also learn a thing or two about horse terminology, as author Deanie Humphrey provides definitions for some words that might be unfamiliar. As a added bonus, parents will approve of the inherent message to always work hard and not become overconfident. Charles the Horse is a quick read that kids in the second through fifth grades would really enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommended this wonderful picture book! March 20, 2014
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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne did it again and wrote a wonderful book !
The book is for children learning to read and their parents (Teacher at school would also enjoy).
If you want to learn and to read about horses life and the relationship between the men & horses
the book is for you!
Your kids/grandsons would really enjoy.
I highly recommended this wonderful picture book!.
A Champion On Multiple Fronts!, July 12, 2013-5 stars
In her book "Charlie the Horse", author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne invites her reading audience to a close-up view of the world of champion horse racing. She does so cleverly, as the inside story of breeding and training horses is told from the point of view of a champion racehorse.
The story is lovely, the information fascinating, and the values imparted are relevant to readers, young and old. Charlie is a champion racer, but he is also a champion of fundamental values such as work ethic, commitment to task, persistence and tenacity, and integrity and self-respect that are manifested in the effort to excel and be the best one can be. Another set of values that are thematic in the book is evident in the respect, appreciation, and gratitude exhibited by Charlie, who seeks the wisdom and prizes the mentorship of the retired racehorse General Quick. Another winner from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne!
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie the HorseMay 17, 2013
This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Kindle Edition)
Deanie H. Dunne is a professional equestrian who has won awards for her prowess in jumping. She has put all her knowledge into some fascinating and educational books for children. I reviewed two of her books previously and this is her third, Charlie the Horse.
All Deanie's books are beautifully illustrated by her talented sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Children will enjoy this delightful story about Charlie who is born from a long line of championship race horses. Charlie is a handsome horse with black hair and a crooked white blaze on his face. He wants very much to be a champion like his father and grandfather. He gets advice along the way from General Quick, an old retired racehorse. Charlie learns that it is not as easy as he thought to be a champion racehorse and that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed. He has friends Buddy and Glory who also are learning how to race. They help each other by encouraging and supporting one another during their training and practice races. Charlie has an engaging personality that will capture the hearts of children of all ages. The readers will find themselves cheering Charlie on in each of his races with enthusiasm.
This sweet story will help children understand that it is important to respect and encourage one other to succeed at whatever one chooses to do in life. Children will learn that persistence and discipline will earn them great rewards. A worthwhile and enjoyable read for children. I give this book five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a Winner!February 16, 2011
This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Paperback)
We follow Charlie the Horse as he leaves home to receive his education, and it's great fun to hear his thoughts about his experiences.
An older racehorse, The General, tells Charlie that it is important not to give up if he has a bad day. As Charlie learns about being a racehorse, he remembers those words often, and in the end, by working hard, he reaches his goal.
With clear and relaxed writing, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne lets Charlie the Horse pass on this important message to his readers. Charlie learns through trial and error how to become a winning racehorse, and through his thoughts, his story inspires his readers to do their best and not let temporary setbacks discourage them.
I look forward to joining Charlie and his family and friends for more adventures!

review by author, Deb Hockenberry From her website Kidz Tales: 

ASIN: B00CEJ2Y4AOne morning, Charlie the Horse is born at Racing Haven Farms. He spends his days frolicking in the meadows with his mother running and eating wildflowers. That is, until his mother takes him to another barn where he can meet other foals. There he meets his two best friends, Glory and Buddy. The three foals like to race each other in the meadow to see who’s fastest. In the barn where Charlie met Glory and Buddy, Charlie also meets another racehorse named General Quick who was a great racehorse when he was younger. Charlie gets a lot of racing advice from him.  Will Charlie be a great race

horse like his father, Charles the Great?

I liked this book since it lets the reader know not to ever give up on your dreams. It also lets them know to never give up, no matter what. I also liked how skillfully the author wove in real terms of parts of a horse and the training terms.
If you’d like to add Charlie the Horse to your library of the other books written by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, just go to Amazon for the paperback edition or the Kindle edition. You can also get Charlie the Horse in paperback at Barnes and Noble

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful inspirational horse story., January 10, 2015
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This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Kindle Edition)
Charlie the horse, is a great and exciting horse story for children.
I am not a child, but I still enjoyed reading it very much. As a teenager I was horse riding and always wondered what horses were thinking and put little speeches for the horse I was riding. I also ran horses on the beaches at Northsee in Germany. It was thrilling, for me and the horse. I felt how horses love to run.
And so is it with Charlie. He enjoyed learning how to run for races because he loved to run, and when he was booked in for several races, he just had to win. And he won each race after he became only second in his first race.

I highly recommend that story for every child, not only for children, they love horses.

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring with many lessonsJanuary 24, 2015
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This review is from: Charlie the Horse (Kindle Edition)
Excellent lessons about perseverance, taking charge, taking chances, believing in one's self, and friendship. Best book for kids that love horses.

Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2022
"Charlie the Horse" is a sweet story about a little horse who is born into a family of champion racehorses. He wonders if he will be a champion racehorse as well but he is worried because he is clumsy. The story follows Charlie as he grows and learns how to become a champion racehorse.
The book has a few black and white illustrations to go along with the story. It is fun to follow Charlie's journey with his trainer and read about his first races.
This would be a great story for kids around ages 6-11. Kids who love horses would especially enjoy the story. The book makes a great read aloud for families and would be a good book for homeschooling families to read together which could tie into lessons on horses. There are questions at the end to facilitate reading comprehension.

on June 10, 2015
Charlie the Horse has a dream to become the best racehorse. As we all know, to reach our goals sometimes we need to make difficult choices, and Charlie has to say goodbye to his mom and his friends. Once he reaches the training facility he works very hard and he gets rewarded by winning one of the most prestigious races, the Kentucky Derby!
This story is a great teaching to young children that anything is possible if they really focus and work hard to achieve their goals. I really enjoyed this book, cute and funny, I really recommend it!

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Charlie the Horse by Deanie Dunne is an adorable story and nicely illustrated. It is about a horse who is born from racing stock. At first, he felt a bit awkward as his legs were going every which way after birth. Charlie is curious and has a hunger for racing like his father, who was a racehorse. Charlie’s mother takes him out and teaches him how to eat, to play, and brings him to speak with other racehorses. He walks, trots, and trains all in preparation for his big racing day. He speaks to The General, a racehorse and he tells Charlie racing is tricky, but a lot of fun. He also tells him never to give up, even if he is having a bad day. Great lessons to be learned in this book for young readers. Recommended for young readers, especially those fond of horses.
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As a kid, I first fell in love with horse stories after reading "Black Beauty". There is a majesty and devotion to these creatures that makes their stories addictive, even now that I am an adult. Charlie's story is a fun, lighthearted story of a colt who dreams of being a winning race horse and his path to getting the chance to compete. The story was not only entertaining, but informative also. The reader can tell Ms. Dunne loves and knows her horses.

on September 19, 2016
Beautifully written and illustrated, "Charlie the Horse" brings the world of racehorses to children. The story is engaging throughout. Follow Charlie as he grows from a inquisitive colt to a stunning stallion. "Will I be as good a racehorse as my Dad?" Charlie asks. You will have to read the story to find out. Recommended reading for everyone.
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2021
A great book with a very important message for young children: Never give up!
The illustrations in the book are realistic and beautiful.
The plot is very appealing and the writing is fluid and will be pleasant for any child to read.
I liked that the young foal wants to follow in his father's footsteps :-)
Five stars! Well done!





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