Tails of Sweetbrier

Children's Books, Middle Grade, Biographies & Memoirs

By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Publisher : Avid Readers Publishing Group

ABOUT Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie is a children's book author with 4 books published: Tails of Sweetbrier, winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards,Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. Tails of Sweetbrier has also just been selected as a finalist in the More...



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 illustrated all of Deanie’s books.

I had been looking for a job as a medical coder, but was unsuccessful. One morning, in 2009, I had a strong intuition to write my autobiography to inspire children. I'm glad to have made that decision! I'll be featured on the Authorshow.com soon to talk about this book!

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Motivating. A Must Read!, July 8, 2013 
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This review is from: Tails of Sweetbrier (Kindle Edition) 
The parents of Deanie Humphrys-Dunne were told that their little girl, who was born with a physical handicap that was eventually diagnosed as cerebral palsy, will never walk. This is devastating news to any parent as it was to Deanie's, but her father refused to accept the decree and announced that his little girl will learn to ride horses.
The power of a young girl's passion, perseverance and determination and the effect of a family's support, love and commitment, are celebrated in this remarkable true story of an extraordinary individual. Deanie, pursued her dream with tenacity and persistence, and against many odds achieved success in the very demanding world of competitive horse shows. This wonderfully inspirational story begins with a challenge to young readers that would make it difficult for them to put the book down. Deanie asks "Have you ever really wanted to be able to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind?" and goes on to inquire "Are you going to follow your dream, or are you going to push it aside without even trying?"
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne's generosity in sharing her story so that others may be motivated to pursue their dreams, no matter the challenge, is admirable. Take advantage of the opportunity, acquire the book and be inspired! "Tails of Sweetbrier" is heartily recommended for readers of all ages.