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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Hotey by Josephine Bailey is a wonderfully told story of a young donkey who has to find his way in the world. After leaving the herd while following a dream, Hotey learns many lessons that life has to offer - the good and the bad. Captured in a wild horse round-up, Hotey is taken care of by a loving man. Unfortunate circumstances change their lives but they move on and make the most of their positive qualities. Hotey remembers the teachings of the Elders and strives to be a good, responsible donkey and becomes the leader of a small group of abandoned animals. They depend on him and he tries to live up to the trust they place in him, helping each to find happiness. Throughout the course of events, Hotey wonders what the meaning of his life is and how he can be happy. By following his heart, he gets on the right path.
A beautiful tale of the ups and downs of life, Hotey is a masterpiece of subtle instruction in living a positive existence. Simple to read and immensely interesting in the details of life in the ‘Old West’, Hotey provides inspiration to anyone trying to find their purpose and place in the world. The story is encouraging even while it acknowledges that life is not always fair or happy; and clearly demonstrates that a positive attitude and effort are needed to make appropriate decisions. It is a story highlighting the virtues of personal responsibility and caring for others that is perfect for today’s world. Everyone can benefit from the lesson of Hotey and his group of friends.