Charlene the Star: A Review
By: Deanie Humprys-Dunne
[Book Description by author: Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous race-horses. Unlike her big brother Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her Mom? How will she show her trainers that she doesn’t have any talent for racing? Will she become a model instead? She has to be creative to find those answers. Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures on the road to success..]
Charlene the Star is born into a family of champion racehorses but to her dismay she realizes that she does not share the enthusiasm, ability, and desire for racing. In her remarkable way, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, using the beautiful red-coated Charlene the Star as her “spokeswoman”, communicates to young children that they need not be like everyone else but rather that they should pursue that which makes their heart soar. Charlene the Star first tries to fit in and learn to race but her heart was not in it. The beautiful horse finds a way to apprise her trainers of her unhappiness, and then with their help she discovers a different `career’ that befits her talents and fills her with joy.
I highly recommend “Charlene the Star,” not merely for the wonderful values it conveys, but for the sheer joy of reading a charming and enchanting story. Lovely prose, wonderful imagery, and a delightful way to learn about the world of horses and the people that care, train, and love them.