Book: My life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed By Horses
Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Published: Self-published Children Chapter book 2017
Time to read: 1 hr
Have you ever ridden a horse? If so, how old were you? What was your most vivid memory? I have been on horses a couple times since I was a child and I wanted to share that experience with my children, Alyssa and Olivia. Today, October 3, 2017 makes it 13 years since Alyssa had her first experience riding a horse..
Alyssa on a pony, Brooklyn, NY (10-03-2004)
Olivia Lauren, South Windsor, CT (06-29-2014)
Olivia Lauren, South Windsor, CT (07-05-2015)
Matthew John, MA (June 17, 2011)
Melissa-Sue John, MA (June 17, 2011)
However, none of us are professional or expert riders. If you love horses or just want to learn more about them, My Life at Sweetbrier is a precious story about a young girl who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and unable to walk.
Her love of horses, her parent’s encouragement, and her own perseverance changed the narrative of her story. Set in Connecticut, we learn about Deanie and her family farm.
Children learn all about horse grooming, the responsibilities of owning horses, the challenges associated with owning horses in the north, and increase their vocabulary (reins, trotting, cantering, posting, exhibition, etc.)
Although the relationship between Deanie and her horses make for a charming children story, the greatest value the book offers is the idea of persistence. Deanie faced a lot of challenges, and though she cried at times, fell down many times, she was determined and had the heart of a champion. This book is a great chapter book for children 8 and older to learn about overcoming difficulty, adversity, sadness and rising above and never feel defeated. Each challenge makes us stronger. Life is truly a lesson.
I think this is a great birthday or Christmas gift for any child. I really enjoyed reading it. I give this book 5 stars. It is well written, engaging, detailed, and nicely illustrated. Although the message was very clear, the author ensures the reader gets it by having a final chapter called Pearls of Wisdom and follows up with reading comprehension questions that the author calls a quiz, the answers so that children can check their understanding and the biography.