Tails of Sweetbrier

Tails of Sweetbrier


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Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

This is a true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider. Deanie was born with a handicap, which made walking difficult. When doctors say she would never be able to walk, what does her dad do? He decides to teach her to ride horses. Will she give up when things don't go well? What happens when she falls off her horse? Even if she prevails, she will need exactly the right horse so they can become a winning team. This inspirational story will show you that nothing is impossible if you don't quit.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne grew up in Easton, Connecticut, where her parents owned the riding school called Sweetbrier. She is a graduate of the Institute for Children's Literature and a member of Cambridge Who's Who. Tails of Sweetbrier has received a number of awards and recognitions. Deanie is the author of three fictional children's books: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. This series of amusing stories hold valuable lessons for young readers. They feature a group of horses and their animal friends who work together to solve problems.

Deanie enjoys watching equestrian events, singing and music, as well as spending time with her husband, Francis, their children Brendan and Shane, and their dog, Elliott.

Illustrator Holly Humphrys-Bajaj'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. Holly dedicates her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children's book illustrations. She has illus-trated all of Deanie's books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612861821
Publisher: Avid Readers Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2013
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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Tails of Sweetbrier 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AuthorReviewerGeri More than 1 year ago
What if you had a dream that you wanted nothing more than to ride horses, but didn't begin to walk until age four? How would you feel as a parent to be told that your child would never be able to walk? How would you feel living on a farm, gazing at beautiful horses, while wishing and praying that you were one of the riders? How would you feel if walking is a difficult task, but you are very eager to ride a horse? A young girl is determined to follow her dream, regardless of the risk involved. Sweetbrier was her life, and her heart was filled with passion to become a champion horseback rider. What did the diagnosis of cerebral palsy mean to one compassionate father, who encouraged his daughter to fight the odds? Are the memories of a sprawling, yellow Victorian house in rolling green pastures a treasure to the children who grew up there, and what adventures will they always remember? How many countless times did Deanie fall off of Little Man, and what did her father do? What code did Deanie use to give Chiefie a carrot when he was in his stall, and did they go to exhibitions together? What happened to Chiefie and jubilee, after fire broke out in the barn? Does the Humphrys family give up, or do they build a new barn? How old was Holly when she began to ride horses? After surgery, crutches, and the use of a cane, does Deanie ride Peach? Who took First Place in the Reserve Champions at Mrs. Foster's Farm, and who was the rider? I highly recommend this book to children, parents, and teachers. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne wrote a truly spectacular story of strength, passion, and courage. The characters come to life, as well as the unique illustrations. The author points out the value of family and friendship, while motivating others to reach for their dream, despite obstacles that may have to be battled with along the way. Furthermore, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne encourages discipline, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude throughout this compelling story. The author motivates children to overcome their fears, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams. "TAILS OF SWEETBRIER" tugs at the heart, is as captivating as RADIO, and as inspiring as FORREST GUMP, with Tom Hanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deanie tells her story of overcoming a handicap and becoming an acoomplished rider. This is a story of determination, dedication and a strong will. Deanie takes you inside her toughts and feelings so that you are right there cheering her on. This book opens your heart to a little girl who tries and tries until she achieves her goals. There are times when you want to stand up and encourage her strength and times when you wish you were there to help her. A must read for anyone, any age. And if you have a love of horses even better.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an inspirational and true YA story. Deanie has cerebral palsy and her parents are told she will never be able to walk. But her father has other ideas and, after setting up Sweetbriers riding school, he sets about teaching his young daughter (and her two sisters) how to ride and jump and become prize winning riders. Deanie loves this challenge and begins to ride even before she eventually walks at age four. A wonderful partnership between her own horse, Peach, and herself develops as does the confidence and determination that sees the two of them achieving remarkable things. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s story is one that will inspire young readers to hold on to their dreams and pursue them determinedly, regardless of any apparent setbacks. Beautifully, simply and honestly told, Tails of Sweetbrier is a delightful and uplifting story. I loved the inclusion of illustrations depicting the characters at various stages of the story. I couldn’t help thinking how lucky young Deanie was to have such a positive-thinking and enterprising father – her own determination and outlook so obviously influenced by the upbringing she experienced. Young readers will fall in love with Little Man and Fleet Nancy (or Peach) – the lovely friendship that grows between Deanie and her four legged friends is conveyed in such a delightfully contagious way. My favorite part of the book is where Deanie and Peach tackle the Oxford Farm competition – they don’t win that day, but neither do they give up in the face of adverse weather conditions! With plenty of fun moments along the way too, Tails of Sweetbriers is an enjoyable book that will make you think, open your mind to possibilities, and challenge you to overcome obstacles or limited thinking. The final chapter consists of the author’s ‘Pearls of Wisdom’: “Overcoming obstacles can give you the confidence to accomplish amazing things…You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!” The questions for readers at the end of the book make this an ideal story for prompting discussion about confidence and self-belief, as well as understanding others who may have greater difficulties than ourselves. Recommended.
jesNH More than 1 year ago
An Inspiring and Inspirational Read! If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper. This is quite a feat for this little girl and through her trials and tribulations she teaches children and adults that perseverance pays off. If you want to live your dream then you must work hard even if you at first fail you must keep trying and never give up. By not giving up you will be rewarded with success and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Deanie is a remarkable woman who has inspired me by her example. She is a talented and creative author of four books and continues to pursue her dreams in being a very successful author. I think she is well on her way to success for nothing will keep her from obtaining her goal. This is an excellent story for middle school and high school students to encourage them to pursue their dreams and proving by Deanie's example, that no obstacle is too great.
LindaBlack More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful warm-hearted true story of a young girl who overcame real obstacles and beat the odds. A young girl who didn't learn to walk until age four mastered riding, showing and jumping horses to become a champion with the help and encouragement from her father, who would not let her quit, despite her handicap. True diligence, courage and determination fuels the book to keep you completely enthralled and anxious to read till the end. This one will surely teach, inspire and encourage to keep dreaming and never give up on your dreams. For any horse enthusiast, this is a must-have book. I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Linda Black, Author of The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball, A Porpoise For Cara, and S.T.O.P. Bullying
LaurieLoveman More than 1 year ago
Deanie may have started out with a physical problem, but very soon she was having the same riding problems all of us have had as we grew up riding: lots of falls, embarrassments, and great joy at accomplishing our immediate goals. As an adult, following along as Deanie so clearly expresses her learning experiences, I could easily remember my "mistakes along the way" and I rejoiced with her as she reached for and attained her successes. This is not just a horse story, it's the story of a family. Any young riding enthusiast who reads TAILS OF SWEETBRIER will identify with Deanie, and most certainly, will be glad to know they are not alone in mastering the art of horsemanship! Reviewed by Laurie Loveman Author of the Firehouse Family Novels Memories, The Quarry, The Farm Fires, Demise of the Horse Fairy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love stories about horses, the award-winning book, Tails of Sweetbrier, will bring you hours of reading pleasure. Though Deanie Humphrys is born with a handicap that has doctors declaring she will never walk, her dad tells them he will prove them wrong. Not only will he teach her to walk, she will also learn to ride a horse. So Deanie's parents open a riding school, Sweetbrier, and with her dad's help, Deanie struggles each day to learn to ride. She often falls off the horse, but when she feels like giving up, her dad reminds her, "The Humphrys don't give up." And she doesn't. She learns to ride horses and even to win horse-jumping competitions! Written by Deanie Humprys-Dunne and illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, Tails of Sweetbrier will leave you knowing that you, too, "have the power to make your dreams come true." Reviewed by Eileen D. Bertanzetti, Author