Shane's Mane

Shane's Mane

by Nicole Drumheller Gargus




Orla loves horses. She helps Grandpa feed his horses every day. But Orla worries that she will never learn to ride a horse, or do anything else that matters — because she can’t even read a book! In the end, it is Shane, a gray horse with a long mane, who has the answer Orla is looking for.

Beautifully illustrated with more than 70 color photographs, Shane’s Mane is a timeless story of the adventure of life from an author with a firsthand knowledge of life on a small horse farm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891957154
Publisher: Breakfast Communications Corporation
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Nicole Drumheller Gargus grew up on a small horse farm in Pennsylvania. She writes for magazines and newspapers, often about horses. Shane’s Mane is her first book for children.

Read an Excerpt

Grandpa opened the gate to Shane’s pasture and chased Shane from the pasture to the barn. Orla ran after Shane and Grandpa. They all went into the barn.

Orla breathed in the sweet hay smell of the barn. The horses greeted Orla and Grandpa with nickers. A nicker is a soft sound a horse makes, like a whisper.

The horses watched Orla and waited. The grain was in a very large bag. The bag was too large for Orla to pick it up. Orla got grain from the bag in a scoop and poured it into the feeding pans. She put hay in the horses’ stalls.

Then Shane began to whirl about in his stall and shake his head wildly again. He was neighing loudly. It was a sound that came from deep in his throat, like a scream. “He is worried he will be fed last,” Grandpa said. “He is trying to tell us that he is the boss of the barn.”

“Aren’t you the boss of the barn, Grandpa?” Orla said.

“Try to tell that to Shane, though,” Grandpa said. “He thinks this is his barn.”

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Shane's Mane 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shane's Mane immediately became my special book for many reasons. One of them is the fact that Orla is a character that I can identify with. Self-esteem determines absolutely everything in our lives: the way we act, see the world, work, make friends, set goals, find our life-partner, etc. And building self-worth starts from the moment we take our first breath so there is no time to waste. I congratulate Nicole Drumheller Gargus on her gift of writing -- she was able in simple words to point at this very important aspect of being a human. I also appreciate that Gargus choose a grandfather to represent unconditional love, wisdom and courage -- as there is no true and healthy self-confidence without those three values. The power of this book lies in its universal message. There are thousands of ways of being in this world and every individual has a task to find his/her own way -- like Orla did. Great book -- a beautifully illustrated story for little and big people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a beautiful and touching story about 2 beings who are hurting for their own reasons, and the freedom and joy they find together that ultimately serves to heal their hurt. This story would be perfect for a girl who is having trouble with self-confidence in school, as it beautifully illustrates Orla's process of struggling with reading and the dents that makes in her self-esteem, and how Shane, the horse, helps to heal that. It is compassionately written in simple sentences that are nonetheless full of imagery, so as not to frustrate the student who might still be struggling to read. However, I would definitely also recommend it to others, young or old, urban or rural, horse-lover or not - the theme of self-confidence is universal.
Ben17 More than 1 year ago
Shane's Mane is the next story you should read. It's perfect for young children that are just beginning to read and can relate with the lead character, and it's also complex enough for adults to find a deeper meaning. This is a story that offers motivation for anyone that feels unable to achieve a goal, and is a great book for teaching children to overcome obstacles in their life, no matter how terrifying and impossible they seem at first. Nicole Drumheller Gargus connects readers with a sense of childhood wonder that people of all ages can appreciate. She effortlessly writes with inspiration and emotion that will have us all reading and admiring; not to mention, the pictures that will make children flip through this book all day long. Don't miss out on a great read.
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Willie102 More than 1 year ago
Learning to read is more of a problem than we care to talk about here in the States. It is especially true as kids get older and are ashamed to admit that they still can't read. Shane's Mane goes a long way toward trying to reverse this situation, without being obvious and without preaching. It is a enjoyable read with wonderful photographs from start to finish and Nicole has done a wonderful job of weaving storytelling with objective. This is a must read for kids, teachers and parents. I have been producing videos for reading teachers for 30 years and this is one of the best resources I have come across in all that time. Bill Miller
John_A_Nagy More than 1 year ago
Shane's Mane is a positive story with excellent photographs aimed primarily for a young reader. Nicole Drumheller Gargus tells the story of a young girl who wants to learn how to read and ride a horse. During the course of the book, the young girl must conquer her fears. The reader will go along on the journey pulling for her to succeed and will become elated when she accomplishes her dreams. The reader, young or old, learns that dreams can come true!
Akisha More than 1 year ago
When I first sat down with my daughter to read Nicole Drumheller Gargus's book, Shane's Mane, it captivated her instantly. My daughter loved Shane, and she also was able to relate to both Orla and Shane's character. Since my daughter began school, she's been struggling in her reading, as well. At one point, she seemed just as frustrated as Orla. But after reading Shane's Mane, she now understands that reading is a learned skill that takes time and effort. She realized that she is not the only one who struggles with reading sometimes. Shane's Mane is perfect for young readers who struggle with reading because it is fun, exciting and relatable. Shane wants to run free and most children want to run free. It is also fun for adults who like to find hidden messages in children's books. This will definitely be a book that will be read over and over again in our household.
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Day1 More than 1 year ago
Many things we encounter are meant to teach us something, including what we read. Although Shane's Mane is a children's book, all of us can benefit from reading it and will enjoy it. Equestrians will easily appreciate the love of horses, but any of us who have had doubts about what we can achieve in our lives will also identify with the story. The cover photo and images are beautiful and crisp, adding richness to the eloquently written words. I have read this repeatedly and it's a book I hope to share with my future children. Beautifully and vividly written! Please pick this up!
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