We’re very pleased to announce the expansion of our children’s outreach program to include a picture book about our special mini horses, Gilbert and Boots.
A New Friend for Gilbert is now available as softcover and ebook on Amazon.com, along with free coloring pages. The book is based on the true story of how our little ‘boys’ became friends after getting off on the wrong hoof.
The book is a perfect complement to the role that both horses play in educating local children about proper horse care and animal advocacy.
The timely ‘bullying’ element is striking a chord with our reviewers and the real-life story and photos at the end of the book are a huge hit. After all, who couldn’t love Gilbert and Boots?
Reviews on Amazon.com have been great, such as this one from Tyra:
I shared this lovely book with my family and a mental health group I moderate and it was not only engaging but enjoyed by all. It discusses important topics we are currently dealing with in our society (ie bullying, finding commonality among our differences and the importance of friendship). The story is adorable, easy to read and to understand for all ages. The illustrations are just precious. I especially enjoyed seeing the real people and animals at the end of the book that this story is based upon. Another special part of the book is the discussion topics provided for talking about the ideas brought forth in the story. I believe this to be especially helpful to parents and/or teachers. I highly recommend this book for your personal or professional library.
If you’d like to learn more, click the links below. Please share with early childhood educators (Pre-K to Grade 2) and parents of young children (3-7) who might benefit from topics of horses, bullying, disability/ability, and friendship.
As always, we thank you for your continued support of our important mission. We cannot do the work we do with you.
Shawn Jayroe and the RVR Horse Rescue Team