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postheadericon Happy Father’s Day!

I’d like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the men who take care of their loved ones.

Happy Father’s Day

to all of the Dads out there including
my own dear Daddy!
Happy Father's Day at Red Barn Blue Skies
Pops and Pete

postheadericon Just Too Cute

“It’s tough life for a busy kitten”
“How nice of Pops to provide me with a kitty bed!”

Just had to share the kitty cuteness from the ranch.  This little guy has pretty much taken over the place, including one of the hats that got left within his reach.  He follows Adolph the dog around everywhere and likes to nap beside him – anywhere.

postheadericon Hayseed’s First Race Giveaway Ends Tonight

Hayseed’s First Race debut book giveaway ends tonight!  If you haven’t entered the drawing yet, be sure to go to the original post HERE.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win a copy of this darling book about an amazing racehorse who overcomes obstacles to obtain his heart’s desire.  This book makes it’s official debut tomorrow, April 14th for the whole world to enjoy.   Good luck to everyone!

postheadericon Hayseed’s First Race Book Review and Giveaway

 

Giveaway is now CLOSED

I would like to introduce you to my new favorite horse – Hayseed.

Hayseed is the star of a delightful new children’s book that will be making it’s debut on April 14th.  I was sent an advance copy from the publisher for a review and giveaway to one lucky MoonCat Farms reader.

My Review:

Hayseed’s First Race is a lovely story that is brilliantly illustrated by the author, Sally Schrock.  She tells us about Hayseed and his desire to be a racehorse like the mighty Prince Perfect who is always the winner.  Prince Perfect and the others aren’t very nice to Hayseed and make fun of him because he is different and tell him he doesn’t belong.

Ms. Schrock delivers the message beautifully with words and darling pictures that you not give up just because someone tells you that you can’t do something.  This is an especially insightful story as the author herself is deaf.  The words that Hayseed’s mother say to him “Love yourself for who you are, and never, ever, let anyone tell you that you don’t belong” are words that Ms. Schrock’s mother told her as a child.

I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, or anyone with children in their lives.  It is an extremely enjoyable and easy read while delivering an important and powerful message. I really hope that there will be more books to come for Hayseed as the author has created a wonderful character who can be a positive role model and hero for little ones.
The book can be pre-ordered from the publisher Caballo Press or from Amazon and is available currently in English and Spanish.  It is a great deal at only $12.47 and would make a lovely gift for any little one in your life.  A bit about the publisher from their site:
Caballo Press of Ann Arbor is an award-winning small, innovative, independent publisher specializing in diverse topics related to the equine industry. Its first title won the 2009 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, an award that recognizes Thoroughbred horse racing’s book of the year. The intention of the press is to publish works in a variety of genres related to horses. A portion of every book we
publish is donated to a non-profit organization related to horses.
Part of the proceeds from Hayseed’s First Race will be going to Anna House at the Belmont Park racetrack in New York.  Anna House is an on-site child care center for the backstretch workers at the racetrack.
One of the fun things for your kids to do is to join Hayseed’s Posse where they can print out pages to color, practice their handwriting with Hayseed, do their math problems, and enjoy other fun and educational games.  They can meet the author, Miss Sally and read a message from her HERE.
Adults might take a minute to learn more about the author and some of the issues she is facing like so many others in these hard times.  Click Dark Horse Battles Predatory Lender to read more about her ongoing battle.  She’s an inspirational lady.
 The Giveaway:
One lucky reader of MoonCat Farms Meanderings will be the recipient of a copy of Hayseed’s First Race.
Sorry, but this contest is only open to US residents.  The drawing will close at midnight PST on Tuesday, April 13th.  I’ll announce the lucky winner on April 14th – Hayseed’s Official Coming Out Day!  The winner will have 3 days to respond or I’ll have to draw another.  Please be sure you leave me a way to contact you if you’re not a blogger.
There are several ways to enter: (You can put everything you do in one comment & I’ll add them up instead of doing a comment for each item – but the first one is MANDATORY)
  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this book.
  2. Become a fan of Sally and Hayseed on Facebook
  3. Become a fan of  MoonCat Farms on Facebook
  4. Become a fan of Caballo Press on Facebook
  5. Post about this on your blog & leave me the link (worth 5 points)
  6. Be (or become) a follower of MoonCat Farms Meanderings
  7. Subscribe via email to MoonCat Farms Meanderings
  8. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. The publisher is providing a copy of the book for the giveaway winner.

postheadericon Loving Heart – Sunday Selections

A loving heart is the theme of today’s Sunday Selections from Charles Dickens.
A Loving Heart and Pure Joy of a Horse for Sunday Selections at Red Barn Blue Skies

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”