Mickey is a 12-year old, asthmatic boy who spends his time with his iPad, iPod, and tons of video games. He does not participate in the rough and tumble activities of boys his age including sports and considers himself a nerd. That does not stop his parents from sending him to camp for the summer. While there, he meets Jackson, a beaten down plow horse that seems to need Mickey's friendship as much as Mickey needs his. The moment Mickey touches Jackson, something magical happens; he discovers that he and the plow horse share a gift that will change their lives forever.
The author, a psychologist, believes that within each child lies a thoroughbred needing to be nurtured, loved, and seen. When this happens, they are transformed, as if by magic, and set free to follow their dreams and fulfill their potential. Like many people, Mickey defined himself by his handicap. Through his relationship with Jackson, and two friends he meets at camp, Samantha and Brian, he finds the courage and develops the confidence to see himself through their eyes. These relationships transform him. The book is dedicated to all people, young and old, who live their lives feeling separated from others, misfits in their own life, doing their job each day the same as the day before, seldom experiencing a sense of passion and the freedom to be fully themselves.
©2014 Edward A. Dreyfus (P)2016 Edward A. Dreyfus
A sweet tale for children about a friendless boy finding his worth and friendship at a summer camp.
The story is full of small and useful lessons about how to get on with others and believe in yourself. To my adult's ear it seemed rather unsubtle at times but of course this is a book for children not adults.
It's been written to help children understand they have worth and everyone has potential and I think that's a noble aim and I think it could work.
I'm not entirely sure what age it is aimed at but I would think perhaps around 9 to 11? Nothing very dark or gritty happens it's a fairly gentle and happy tale and useful especially for children with self-esteem issues. There is one incident of fairly mild swearing (a child says they are p*ssed off).
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"Eh ... it's okay; not very attention-getting"
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Honestly, I think the brief author's note at the end was more impactful than the whole story. This wasn't very well written or attention-getting. Perhaps very young audiences - like maybe younger than 10 would find this enthralling or interesting, but it's not up to par with many young adult books I've listened to in the past. Also, I find it more than a little hard to believe that the adults at the camp would have successfully been able to enter this child in a dangerous horse race without the permission of his parents. The narrator was alright, but not really that great overall. Maybe it was just the material he was working with. :/
"Very good kids book"
Maybe to one that had a child who was struggling to find themselves as likeable.
I loved the Race!
i have not, but it was a good job
I cried near the end at the race as well as laughed at the whole pig pen incident
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"A Great Moving Heart Warming Story for All Ages"
I have only heard the audio version but based on that alone I am now considering buying the print or electronic version of the story as well as any other work by this author.
I liked the whole story honestly. The best part was that when an outsider was shown love and compassion they were able to rise above what there perceived station in life was and go far beyond they limits.
The race on the last day of camp.
Share special bond between a boy and and a broke down plow horse
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"such a sweet heart warming book."
This book was good. Its not what I normally tend to listen to. I am more of a Horror, Thriller kind of girl. But, I love horses, and had to give it a try. I am really glad I did. it was such a sweet story. Something you can listen to your family with.
Its about a sweet little boy who is a loner, and his parents ship him off to summer camp, to hopefully let him make a few friends.
He not only makes a few friends, But he meets Jackson. the horse. they bound right away. I will not say more because I do not want to spoil it, but its very worth the listen.
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"Mickey and the Plow Horse"
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Mickey and the Plow Horse by Edward A Dreyfus is a book I will be recommending for our MG library. The story is about Mickey a 12 year old asthmatic boy who lives for his technology. He has few friends and isn't able to play sports so he feels like an outsider. Life changes begin to happen when his parents send him to summer camp on a working farm.
I know several kids and adults that will enjoy the story and the hidden layers in the story.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Leonor A. Woodworth brought this book to life for me.
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