Charlene the Star is Deanie's third children's book. The others, Tails of Sweetbrier and Charlie the Horse, are award winning stories published in 2009. Deanie is a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature and a member of Cambridge Who's Who. The Dunne family loves spending time with their dog, Elliott.
Holly's passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University . She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children's book illustrations.
|Publisher:||Avid Readers Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||0.24(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.00(d)|
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I enjoyed this book because it is full of life lessons for our children. The mother horse immediately prepares her young colt, Charlene, teaching her how to grow, play and make friends while all along encouraging her that she is beautiful. The mother also teaches Charlene that whatever direction she chooses in life it will be good and not to believe she has to always be like everyone else.
Charlene learns the art of working and growing up with the help of many others including a dog named, Elliott. In the end she finds that she is going to take a different road then most of her friends and family and discovers that she excels in the path she has chosen. --(Susie Honeycutt "Author - Alfaland")
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Shakespeare said it best: “This above all: to thine own self be true” (Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, line 85). It’s a story I know well, having come from a home where my father wanted me to become a concert violinist while my interests, even at the age of 12, already had turned to what would become my life’s vocation: science and engineering. But how to deal with the conflict and with the disappointment on my father’s part that ensued. These are the issues many children face growing up, and here, it doesn’t take long for them to appear in Charlene the Star: “Charlene thought to herself, I wonder what I’ll do in the playground besides eating and running. I like spending time with Mama. What would happen if I don’t like racing? ….” It’s clear that Mama is grooming Charlene for racing, and the barn is full of fillies who can provide the role models needed, Ann and Blossom, to name two. They, obviously, are on their ways to racing careers. Further, their focus on the sport only serves to scare poor Charlene, as do the exploits of Charlene’s big brother, Charlie, who won the Southern Derby. And so it goes…poor Charlene, a duck out of water, as it were, a filly in tears who finds herself at odds with her companions and the role her family has destined her to play in the family’s history. She’s not interested in racing. She’s not even interest in running. She doesn’t even like the diet she’s being fed! And then, of course, there’s the training. What to do? In the end, the trainers come to the conclusion that Charlene just isn’t cut out for racing. But what can she do. Well, suffice it to say that this filly is not without considerable talent, and thanks to Ted, the trainer at Sweetbrier Racing Stable, Charlene is moved to a farm where her abilities not only are recognized but honed to perfection. 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. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. I received a courtesy copy of this book for review but the opinions expressed are my own.
5.0 out of 5 stars March 3, 2011 By Sherry Ellis - See all my reviews (VINE VOICE) This review is from: Charlene the Star (Paperback) Charlene is a beautiful red horse who was born into a family of outstanding racehorses. Her father, mother, and big brother are all champion racers. Charlene, however, discovers that racing just isn't her thing. Fortunately, her trainers see this, and offer a different path: she becomes a show horse, competing in jumping events. This suits her perfectly, and she becomes a champion. Charlene the Star is a lovely story that would appeal to kids age 7-12. The dialog between the animals is delightful. It's fun to be "inside" a horse's head to know what the animal is thinking. There is also a sweet friendship that develops between Charlene and a big dog named Elliott. Elliott proves to be a very supportive friend when Charlene needs him. The inherent message of the book is to find your talent and then work hard to develop it. This is a nice message that young kids need to hear. Charlene the Star is a enjoyable read, and one that I would recommend.
We first meet Charlene and her mother shortly after Charlene's birth on a horse farm. We see the world through Charlene's eyes and watch her experiencing all of the "firsts" in her life, just as her young readers are. Being able to "hear" Charlene's thoughts provides wonderful guidance for the friends she will make while reading this charming story. CHARLENE THE STAR is a story everyone can identify with. I look forward to following the adventures of Charlene, her brother Charlie, and her friends. This is a first-class book for young readers! Reviewed by Laurie Loveman Author of the Firehouse Family Novels Memories, The Quarry, The Farm Fires, Demise of the Horse Fairy
When Charlene was born, her mother taught her all about life, and how to live it with happiness and fulfillment. Although Charlene was as beautiful as her big brother, Charlie, they both looked different. Charlie and his mom had black hair, but Charlene had shiny red hair. Charlie had white stockings, but Charlene didn't. Charlene had a star on her forehead, but Charlie didn't. As Charlene grew older, she learned that everyone, including her family and friends may look different, but are all unique in their own special way. Born into a family of famous race-horses, Charlene was convinced to follow the footsteps of fame and success in the same path that her family took. However, at a young age, Charlene knew what direction she wanted to go, but it wasn't the same direction that her parents and Charlie took. It was easy for Charlene to follow her dream, but very difficult to confess to her family that racing wasn't her dream or talent, and that she found it boring. Charlene's dream wasn't the same dream that her mother had for her, but her mother was her best friend, and she didn't want to disappoint her. Charlene's mother and her brother taught her that she must attempt to try racing as a test to see how good she would be. Unlike Charlie, Charlene protested with temper tantrums, but fulfilled her duties to make a decision after trying, with respect to her family. Charlene complimented Charlie, Ann, and Blossom for their fine work at Sweetbrier racing stable, knowing her talent was right across the street. Almost everyone that Charlene knew wanted to be a famous racehorse, just like Charlie. But no-one knew that Charlene's talent was quite different, except Charlene, Eva, and Ted. One of the happiest days in Charlene's life was being moved to 'Jumping For Joy Farm.' She finally began to follow her dream to the road of success, but was also away from her family and friends. With Elliot as her companion and new friend, she no longer felt lonely, and was able to focus on her work. Why was Charlene doing crow hops and yawning, while she was supposed to be racing with Ann and Blossom? How did Charlie respond when Charlene told him that she was embarrassed that she was last at the finish line? How did Charlene do at her First Real jump? I highly recommend this book to children, parents, and teachers. Deanie fills each page with motivation and inspiration. This easy to read children's book is delightful and educational as it teaches young children to reach for the stars, and follow their dreams. The author teaches the young reader how to follow the footsteps of a good role model, and the importance of doing your best, regardless of which career path you choose. More important, with time and patience, our talents will blossom in our special place in the world. Did Elliot's friendship and Mary's praise make Charlene feel proud? How did Charlene do at the Sterling Club? Was number thirteen a lucky number for Charlene? How did Charlene's goals and dreams differ from the dreams Charlie had at her age? Does Charlene become a champion? "CHARLENE THE STAR" is funny, heartwarming, and as entertaining as THE HORSE WHISPERER!
This was an adorable children's book. It is full of positive lessons and even had me laughing a lot. Charlene is a beautiful read head horse born into a family of famous racehorses. But she doesn't want to be a racehorse like them. Charlene figures out she likes a whole different path and much to her surprise and happiness, she excels at it. From very young, her mother taught her that she would be loved no matter what path she choose. Charlene becomes friends with other horses, humans, and a handsome dog named Elliot. She builds beautiful relationships with them that reinforces the importance of friendship and love. I cannot wait for my toddler twins to read this book when they are older. 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 ;)