Pathfinder Equine Publications to Release QUINCY AND BUCK by Camille Matthews
QUINCY AND BUCK, written by Camille Matthews and illustrated by Michelle Black, is scheduled for release in hardback and eBook by Pathfinder Equine Publications on March 15, 2014.
In his new adventure, a red horse named Quincy finds himself face to face with a bully. On his first trail ride in the desert, Quincy fears wild animals he might encounter. Then he finds out that the real challenge comes from Buck, the horse he seeks out for a trail buddy. Buck is a bully and Quincy learns three crucial things about dealing with bullies. Bullies can be dangerous. It is good to give them a wide berth where possible. They are often cowards underneath a mean facade. In the course of the ride Quincy falls back on his own strengths and conquers his fear.
The story provides a framework for a dialogue between young children and those who want to empower them. The detailed and realistic portrayal of the day's ride will interest and inform K-2 readers and also engage 3 rd and 4 th graders. Michelle Black's always vibrant illustrations take kids into the desert of the Southwest with its array of wild animals and breath taking scenery, where horses and motorbikes share the same trails. For the younger reader, Quincy's story clearly defines a bully and the associated danger while providing a comforting ending. For the older reader it explores the more complex issues of coping with adversity and how courage evolves.
Previous titles in the Quincy the Horse series are QUINCY FINDS A NEW HOME and QUINCY MOVES TO THE DESERT, both winners of the Mom's Choice Gold Award. The books are available at Amazon, independent bookstores and public libraries.
Author Camille Matthews was born in Lexington, KY and now lives near Reading, PA. She is a clinical social worker, equestrian, and equine assisted growth and learning specialist. The real Quincy, whose early experiences inspired the stories, is an American quarter horse. Now 24 years old, he is still working with Matthews as part of the equine therapy team. Michelle Black is an artist residing in La Plata, NM.
SOURCE Pathfinder Equine Publications