Willowbend Books – Morgan Horse Series — and More!
PO Box 304, Goshen, MA 01032
11 Morgan Horse Titles, in all, softcover, each over 220 pages
the Donkey Donk series
Author: Ellen Feld, two-time winner of the Children’s Choices Award
Age range: 9 to 13+
By Emerson Sandow
To say that Ellen Feld is completely obsessed with Morgan horses is an understatement, but words cannot convey her passion and absorption any better.Besides Ms. Feld’s laser-like focus on this particular breed of horse, she also has an enviable skill as a writer. She is able to write in a clear manner, providing descriptions and details without making one’s eyes glaze over! Once a person begins reading one of Ellen’s books, it is very difficult to stop. She is able to make a young girl’s simple sneaking out in the middle of the night to visit a neighboring horse barn attention-grabbing – and I am not a tweenage reader! I had to keep reading to find out if she made it without being discovered!
Ellen’s books are not only entertaining, but educational as well, delving into the world of Morgan horses and their various skills in human activities –drawing carts, barrel racing, roping, dressage and virtually any other function for a horse-human partnership. The Morgan is one of the earliest breeds developed in the United States and were even used as cavalry steeds by both sides of the Civil War. To keep her books anchored in fact, Ellen bases all of her fiction on actual animals and their experiences. The star of the Blackjack series is areal horse, as is Frosty and even the lovable Donkey Donk is a real being,living in Massachusetts with his more graceful-looking four-legged friends. You can see photos of all of these animals at the Willowbend website, shown above.
If you know a young person who is interested in horses in the slightest, you can bring him/her many hours of reading pleasure and expansion of horse knowledge with some or all of Ellen’s reasonably-priced books. Please visit the website for complete information. E.S.