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New video about The Adventures of Cocoa and Cream-Remarkable Twin Ponies
“This book is a fantastic addition to home and school libraries, perfect for school-aged children. The Adventures of Cocoa and Cream – Remarkable Twin Ponies offers a delightful tale that resonates with themes of unity, appreciation for animals, and the joys of exploration. Whether your child is yet to mount a horse or has already begun their equestrian journey, this story is captivating. It encourages a love for reading and cultivates essential reading skills from an early age. I recommend this pony-filled adventure to parents, teachers, and caregivers, as it embodies the magic of companionship, discovery, and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals.”~Thomas Anderson, Literary Titan Reviews
“This is truly a lovely book for children who love animals. It’s one they will read many times because of both the story and the information it contains…-“Finally, a tip-of-the-hat to the illustrator, Mirjana Bubevska, for some of the most charming illustrations I’ve seen anywhere.”Theodore J. Cohen
“A lovely story for children who love ponies and horses and enjoy learning more about them. The author created a story about twin ponies who are adorable, delightful and intelligent.”~JJ Spina
“Delightful.. Children (and their reading parents!) will have fun while learning important life lessons. And…there is a little quiz at book’s end to underline new knowledge. Vey Highly Recommended.~Grady Harp
“It was fun and easy to read in short chapters with a few black and white illustrations that go along great with the story.”~Jessica D. Adams
The word remarkable describes the pony protagonists and the human family, who are the stars of this tale…They communicate with humans…This sweet tale is a perfect choice for children who love horses and pets. The author teaches about the care and equipment needed for taking care of horses. Text dialogue portrays their personality qualities. Black and white illustrations match the emotion of the text. As a teacher, I appreciate the questions for readers to test their memory. The book is a excellent choice for a beginning or reluctant reader but enjoyable for any age reader. ~Barbara Mojica
“The Adventures of Cocoa and Cream-Remarkable Twin Ponies by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a fun, creative horse story about twin ponies kids will adore.” ~Virginia Wright
“A Great children’s book. Who doesn’t love a good motivational story encouraging kids to gain confidence in themselves and spread kindness to others!? Perfect read for those who love ponies and other animals!”~J. MitchellRead more: Books
“Wilbur would like to dedicate this story to all of the children who are shy about making new friends. He hopes you have fun meeting new friends the way he does in his story. He’s excited to meet you.”
“A sweet story about Wilbur the cutest tractor, who faces an unknown future with patience and hope. This story features Wilbur’s adorable friend Hattie, who supports him along the journey into his new home.” ~Hollie Anne Marsh, children’s author”
“Such is the theme of this masterfully crafted and beautifully illustrated book about friendship and separation. This educational and entertaining children’s book will teach young kids that is possible to say goodbye in a sensitive and caring manner. Properly managed, separations can become another reassuring affirmation instead of an abrupt termination of a long-lasting friendship relationship.”~Yossi Lapid, award-winning author of the Snowman Paul Series
“children’s picture book that revolves around..a red tractor named Wilbur
“story itself is cute and the narrative is straightforward,
liked the relationship between Jim and Wilbur and while it is sad they must part ways, the method used to do so is compassionate.”~Jamie Michele, Readers’Favorite Reviewer
“an engaging picture book for toddler and preschool-age children.
“This heartwarming story teaches children about friendship, patience, trust, and openness to change and new things in life
Change is hard, and Wilbur is anxious as new people come to meet him, especially when they are unkind. Change is hard for many people, especially children. This exceptional book shows children that it is ok to be worried, it is normal, and finding ways to deal with strong emotions is key.
author includes at the end a list of quiz questions to open up discussions with children on these important topics.
Illustrators Wanda L. Urabazo and Holly Humphrys-Bajaj use strong colors and bold lines to portray the excitement and emotions of the characters. Their creative portrayals will engage children as they listen to this meaningful story.
a feel-good picture book for preschoolers and young children that introduces challenging topics in an age-appropriate manner. This is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and caregivers looking for a fun and lighthearted way to introduce the concept of friendship and change.”~Literary Titan Reviews
“Children will love adorable little Wilbur who is shy and has difficulty meeting new people. Wilbur will teach them to be patient and learn how to adjust to new people and places. “~J. Spina
“Will Wilbur find a new friend and a good fit for his skills? Read this adorable picture book to find out…A beautifully told tale appropriate for primary grade and beginning chapter book readers.”~Barbara A. Mojica
“Award winning Connecticut children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne writes enchanting stories that not only entertain youngsters and share insights into developmental life lessons, but by placing the stories with animal (and mechanical!) characters, the stories become more accessible for learning…
This is a fine story about friendship, about enjoying chores, and about changes that can open doors for new possibilities.~Grady Harp
“What a perfect story for pre-schoolers and elementary students…Very well written with pretty artwork. ~G. Sedlmayer
“This second in the “Wilbur the Tractor” series is as fun and entertaining as the first volume and a must for every little child’s library. Highly recommended.”~MBK’s
“Adorable story about a tractor…Recommended for your litttle’s library~Virginia Wright
“Wilbur’s New Home is a lovely story about patience, hope, and friendship that would appeal to young children ages 5-8.” ~Sherry Ellis
“It’s a wonderful little storybook with endearing drawings about caring and protecting those you love.~Theodore J. Cohen
Wilbur’s New Home is a wonderful story about friendship, hope and patience. It has beautiful drawings and is written by a gifted author. Perfect for preschoolers and elementary students. Highly recommended.”~Joyce Mitchell.
From the back cover: A lovely tale, that will capture children’s
imagination and I am sure will become a night-time favourite. “ ~ Hollie Anne Marsh, children’s author.
WILBUR is a small, shy tractor. He loves cutting the grass for Jim. But what happens when he must find a new home? Will Jim still be his friend? Who will the new owner be? WILBUR would love for you to take him home and read about his adventure. A Tractor Named Wilbur is the first in a fun series coming your way!
“This story is a gentle way to show children that sometimes endings are really just new beginnings. The illustrations have nice soft colors and Wilbur’s face is fun to look at.” Megan Pighetti, https://www.fairytailedwish.com/
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021 “In the last two evenings I read with my 7 y.o. son the beautiful story about the red tractor Wilbur. My son liked the book and I think that the plot is suitable for every child.
In the end of the book you will also find questions from the author that the kids will love to answer together with their parents. Highly recommended.” ~Reviewed by Diana
“A Tractor Named Wilbur: Friendship Lasts Forever by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a fun read about friendship and the story will bring a smile to the faces of young readers ….. It is a lovely bedtime storybook and can be used in classrooms and school libraries for read-aloud and storytelling sessions. The questions at the end make the book interactive and fun, and perfect for classroom activities.”~ Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan, Reader’s Favorites (5-stars)
“This picture book contains soft, colorful illustrations and charming dialogue. Children will learn that sometimes they must change and adapt to new situations. The book contains questions for readers to discuss with parents or teachers to maximize the lessons of the tale. Recommended to preschool and elementary school children ~ 5-star review by Barbara A. Mojica
“New children’s book release! Super sweet and always with a simple but powerful lesson for young readers to learn. “~Beth Kallman Werner
“This is a wonderful story about a man and the tractor he loves with all his heart. They work together day in and day out, happy to be in each other’s company.
But then, the unimaginable happens: life changes. The man decides to buy more property. It’s more land than he can “work” with his little tractor, and so, the man is forced to find a new home for his friend.” ~5-star review by Theodore J. Cohen
‘Children will enjoy this little story about Wilbur and learn a valuable lesson about changes in their lives. Things don’t stay the same forever. They will love the colorful and sweet illustrations and dialogue that perfectly go together.” ~ 5-star review by J. Spina
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“Este cuento es muy lindo. A los niños les encantará un tractor que habla y siente. Los diálogos con el granjero son muy cariñosos.”~ 5-stars~ Ana Morris
“The illustrations are so cute and engaging! I would definitely recommend reading!” (5 stars) ~Jazz with Books
“Agradable cuento sobre el amor hacia las máquinas. Inusual tema que atrapa a los niños pequeños.” 5-stars~ Melissa
“The relationship between human and tractor is like life, tears included and with feelings. Life lessons to be learned, great to stretch your wings past the point that you think you can’t go past. I loved the six questions in the back asking kids what they remember of this story. Wonderful illustrations. Perfect five star book.”~S. Jackson AKA Mary Schmidt
What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion rider? This problem is, you were born with a disability. This happened to Deanie. Doctors told her parents she’d never walk, let alone ride. What happened next? What did Deanie’s dad do that changed her life? Could a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story. If you love horses and someone who has been counted out becoming a winner in every way, you will love this book.
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“This book is a fantastic read for children! It shows them whether or not you have a disability you can accomplish anything you want and shows you never to give up!”
-Charlene Johnson Dunworth Creery, former equestrian instructor
“She is as encouraging in her writing as she is in person. Deanie not only taught me how to ride a horse, but also how to always follow your dream.”
-Alexis Kiss M.S. Psychology, former ARICP riding instructor
“My Life at Sweetbrier is a wonderful book about courage and determination and succeeding despite difficult circumstances.”
-Jill Kulmann, owner of Epic Farm, Middletown, CT
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“I enjoyed reading this book. It had an inspiring message about overcoming obstacles in order to reach your goals, to keep trying even when you fail and not give up. It’s a message that will resonate with all readers regardless of whether or not they have a physical disability like Deanie.”~ Literary Titans Reviews
“My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a beautiful, touching true story about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk… it is a touching story of determination and it teaches a lesson never to give up, and it also teaches that dreams can come true.”
-Amazon review by Virginia Wright
“Determination, incredible willpower, and perseverance as well as an amazingly supportive family, propelled young Deanie to amazing success.
My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses is a touching, inspirational, and uplifting true story beautifully told by the heroine herself. Highly recommended for children of all ages.”
-Amazon review by Sarah Reviews
“An unforgettable read, Deanie’s story is truly inspirational. MY LIFE AT SWEETBRIER is the incredible true story of a young girl who achieved her dreams through perseverance and hard work. A children’s book that should be required reading within a classroom.”
-Goodreads review by Kris Miller of Top Shelf Magazine
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Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? What will he do if he’s tired and doesn’t feel like running? What happens when he faces challenges on the race track? You’ll find the answers to these questions and Charlie will entertain you with his amusing thoughts. “An inspiring story for any child.”~Rhonda Patton.
“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!”~Daniel
“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.” -jjspina, Author and Reviewer
“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!” -Sarah Mazor, author/ publisher/ reviewer
“An inspiring story for any child. It was a fun experience reading this book by author Deanie Dunne. ~Rhonda Patton, author
“I enjoyed the humor here and there as Charlie was distracted by eating flowers and watching butterflies. I love flowers too although I don’t eat many like he did. The short explanation of horse-related terms gave readers a peek into the world of horse racing. I highly recommend this inspirational story for children and adults alike. Check out the trailer video. It’s really cute!” ~Susan Brougher
“An adorable story, especially for horse lovers. Great lessons to be learned.” -From review by author, Virginia Wright
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Listen to the free chapter. What will Charlene do? Become a model? Why does she have tantrums?
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Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead? Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. Charlene’s adventures may surprise you with her unusual talent.
“This beautiful book has much to offer to young readers but it will also assist parents in raising happy, confident and successful children. Readers will find amazing illustrations, exquisite writing and plenty of life lessons in this delightful and educational book. It is a labor of love! Most highly recommended!!” – From Yosef Lapid’s Amazon review
“Charlene is born into a family of famous racehorses, but even though she is trying to be the best racehorse she can, she is disappointed in her performance.
But Charlene is not giving up, learning to excel in another area.
This is a story everyone can identify with.”~ Dana
“This is a story about a plucky horse that found her own friends—and her own path—to happiness and success. It’s a story about perseverance, friendship, and most of all, a belief in oneself and in finding the things that make you happy…and then pursuing them with every ounce of energy you can muster.” From review by Theodore J. Cohen
“What a beautiful, heartwarming and gentle story. A story in the eyes of Charlene.
Beautifully crafted.” from Gigi Sedlmayer’s Amazon review
I highly recommend “Charlene the Star,” not merely for the wonderful values it conveys, but for the sheer joy of reading a charming and enchanting story. From review by Sarah Mazor
“This was an adorable children’s book. It is full of positive lessons and even had me laughing a lot. I love how it encourages to try new things and most importantly, they will learn how it is absolutely OK to be different. It teaches kids that we all have our unique talents and that with hard work and dedication we can get better at anything we try.”Loved it 😉
From Shannon K’s Amazon review
“Charlene the Star is a wonderfully unique story for children of all ages. The writer speaks for the characters in a charming and irresistible way. She teaches children the importance of being yourself and if you work hard you will reach your goals.” From Janice Spina’s Amazon review
“The story would be an excellent bedtime read to share over the course of a few days where the parents and kids could talk about Charlene and her predicament. The author includes questions at the end of the book to prompt an active dialogue.” From Colleen Chesebro’s Amazon review
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Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper, after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she wants to do something new and exciting in her spare time. What is her new career? Will Wooliam’s dream come true? What is Hattie’s specialty?
“Charlene is back and this time she has more friends to take a long on this great adventure. I loved this book because there were great lessons to learn, like never give up. Another aspect that I found to be important is friendship. Having great friends or people who believe in you is priceless, but more importantly, you must believe in yourself. The book was a joy to read and once again, the illustrations were superb” Murees Dupe
“One way to positively influence our children is to expose them to good books that are engaging, entertaining and fostering healthy approaches toward life. This is exactly why I highly recommend Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s lovely book “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes”, which enchants and entertains while it promotes wonderful traits and virtues. The interaction between the main characters (mostly of the animal world) in the book, their thoughts, their communication with each other and the behaviors they encourage come across so beautifully, they are bound to inspire young readers.” Sarah
“Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a beautifully written story of animal friends who have come together to encourage and help one another. Hattie loves her cute little bonnets and she prides herself on knowing what to do and when to do it. Lily needs confidence and experience if she’s going to win a race and Hattie is there to help. She has the business head but it takes the efforts of all of them to make it work, and it did work. This big-hearted story is sure to capture the hearts of children, parents and teachers.” Linda Black
“Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a beautiful tale about animal friends who are determined to succeed.
It is a fun book with lovable characters, dreams and a lot of hard work. Hattie the Chicken is sweet and likes
to wear hats, her favorite being a little red bonnet. Get a copy of Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and see
what this cute little chicken and other animal friends did for Lily and Lucky. This is a perfect book for children; it
lets them see how other people with challenges and obstacles persevered due to their determination to succeed!” by author, Joyce Mitchell
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Tails of Sweetbrier was Deanie’s first book. It has been revised and expanded now titled My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses.
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning author. Her story, Tails of Sweetbrier, has won several awards and recognition. This captivating book teaches children life lessons.
Tails of Sweetbrier won the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. (2014) Tails of Sweetbrier has been selected as a finalist for the CLIPPA book awards! It has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards as well (2015) and the Reader’s Favorite silver medal (2016)
*Tails of Sweetbrier is out of print.