Saturday, October 26, 2013
Every so often, I come across a book that strongly pulls at me to read; Dinky was one of these. It is not an easy task for a writer to keep her reader’s interest when the story is written in first person. Ms. Bishop’s script with Dinky as the narrator of his story is exceptional. I loved this story – it is educational, emotionally engaging, insightfully written and so very rich in detail. A real-life foal, the author brought Dinky vividly to life for me, from page one. Ms. Bishop’s interpretations of Dinky’s thoughts during the initial months of his life were so heart-wrenching to read yet, from the beginning, I found myself captivated by Dinky’s spirit. Despite the incessant cruelty done to Dinky by humans – he was always famished, underfed, ignored and frightened – there is resilience in his nature that commanded my respect. After reading the synopsis, I expected to be angry, to cry when Dinky, a ‘junk foal,’ told his story of being taken from his mother, a mare caught up in man’s cruel practice of breeding her only for milk to nourish a high-dollar mare’s foal. It was almost unbearable, reading of the cruelty done to Dinky during his first few months of life – the overwhelming fear for his fate: being sold to a meat market or to tanners, or being adopted. In the words of Dinky: “I wasn’t prepared to believe in the possibility of good things.” http://doreencox.blogspot.com/2013/10/dinky-nurse-mares-foal-my-5-star-review.html?spref=tw
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Praise for Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal Marta Moran Bishop has lovingly created the real-life poignant tale of, Dinky, The Nurse Mare’s Foal. Narrated by the central character, Dinky, readers will be given a window into the heartbreaking life that can await a Nurse Mare Foal’s. It is a powerful story highlighting the inhumane practice of a foal being bred for the sole purpose of producing milk in the mare, so she can nourish a high-dollar mare’s foal. Young Dinky’s battle to survive begins, when he is taken to a farm where the probability of being sold to the meat market or the tanners, so his hide could be used for leather goods is high. Dinky is frightened and alone. His only chance to be free to live and enjoy life is to be adopted by some caring humans. Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal is an immensely satisfying book which evokes our senses and touches us deeply. Stuart Ross McCallum, author of Beyond My Control: One Man’s Struggle with Epilepsy, Seizure, Surgery, and Beyond.