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Books Starring Kids with Physical Differences

s I e Lov ea


Garcie by Debbie

A portion of this book’s proceeds is being donated to

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses P.O. Box 1672 High Springs, Florida 32655 352-226-9009 Copyright Š 2010 by Debbie Garcia-Bengochea All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Wild Onion Press and related logo are trademarks of Wild Onion Press. Book Design by Walton Dale, Design Well Studio, Photographs by Jennifer Anfinsen ISBN 978-1-4507-2004-5 Library of Congress Cataloguing-in-Publication Control Number 2010935922 Printed in the United States on environmentally friendly materials First Printing

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is one of the smallest—if not the smallest— miniature horses in the world. Weighing now only 50 pounds, he has a special touch with his human friends. As a therapy horse, he has made hundreds of visits to children in hospitals, schools, and libraries. He walks up and down stairs, rides in elevators, moves around hospital equipment—and yes, he is housebroken! As you will see in the following photographs, he has a comical personality with a talent for bringing his unconditional love where it is needed most.


has become world-famous for bringing her magic touch to people of all ages. For years she has worked as a therapy horse inside hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care, schools, libraries and at-risk youth programs. Selected the Most Heroic Pet in America by AARP the Magazine in 2010, she has her own Facebook page and a fan club that spans the globe. It is not uncommon for Magic to walk into a child’s hospital room and place her head on the pillow to spark a unique connection with that special child.

Parents and Teachers, Wild Onion Press is pleased to bring you high-frequency vocabulary with each delightful photograph. These words are among those that each child must master by third grade when “learning to read” switches to “reading to learn.” By reading this book over and over with a child, you will be building skills for school success. Notice, too, that in these photographs, some of these children have physical differences; others do not. A physical difference is not a disability; it is merely an outstanding characteristic— a reflection of a future world where differences do not matter. We, at Wild Onion Press, think you will see in each photograph that these animals and children share a moment in which there is no past, no future, only the present—a time of sheer joy. Hurry, turn the pages!

About the Author:

Debbie Garcia-Bengochea

has been an elementary school principal and is the director of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, along with her husband, Jorge. She has over twenty miniature horses that she and Jorge train to walk up and down stairs, ride in elevators, and even smile on cue. In 2009, Gentle Carousel was the recipient of the Literacy Award in Alachua County, Florida. As each therapy horse, famous for their blue eyes, enters a school or hospital room, Debbie reads a poem, ending with: “So watch for little horses; the eyes will be your clue, and fairy dust and flowers, and a little magic too.” About the Photographer:

Jennifer Anfinsen

has been riding and showing horses for fifteen years and is a nationallyranked rider. For the past three years, she has been pursuing a degree in Art Studio with an emphasis on equine photography. She finds that catching that perfect moment between horse and child is exhilarating— especially when the purpose is to share those moments with you.

Price: $10.00USD Portion of proceeds is donated to Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses Reading Level: Pre-K — 3RD Grade

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