Tails of Sweetbrier: A Review
By: Deanie Humprys-Dunne
[Book Description by author: 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.]
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.