Rusty Under the Western Skies

A Rusty the Ranch Horse Tale

Children - Animals
30 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2018
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Author Biography

Mary Fichtner grew up in the western lifestyle with horses which gave her a bold western identity. Rodeo was her sport from 10 years old through college. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and her cowgirl spirit has grown stronger through life experiences and living in the cowboy state. The strong roots of the western lifestyle and horses gave her the character to manage the challenges and change required for a military wife and mother of four. Mary learned why horses have always owned her heart after being certified in equine assisted learning to help veterans and families. "They truly teach us about ourselves and others and heal broken hearts." To be able to share her love of the west along with cowboy ethics and have her daughter illustrate her tales is the grandest adventure. Her hope is that you will laugh and smile as you see a little bit of life through a horse's eyes and learn to dance in your storms.

Rusty is a Wyoming native. He was born near the beautiful mountains of Laramie. He has his own way of looking at life as a horse. He lives in the moment, wants to do the right thing, dances in the storms and is mostly interested in grazing. When you gain his trust he will be a friend for life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Rusty Under the Western Skies: A Rusty the Horse Ranch Tale by Mary Fichtner begins with Rusty grazing quietly as the blue sky is turning gray. Rusty could sense the storm and the scent of the storm gave him a tickle. He could smell the fragrance in the soft wind and Rusty got pleasure in those smells. The crazy colors of the clouds began to unfold and they resembled a painting. Rain was hammering down and it soaked Rusty’s shiny brown coat. When the rain stopped and the sky was clear, Rusty saw a beautiful rainbow which touched each side of the valley.

The story is enchanting and magical, written in rhyming verses that add to the poetic and lyrical quality of the story. The watercolor sketches are fabulous and they make the story lively and colorful. The subtle messages woven through the story are palpable while one is reading the book. Rusty shows everyone how to live in the moment and dance through the storms in life. Rusty will help readers look at life with a different perspective, and the book also throws light on the way of living in the West. The story will encourage children in many ways; paint, try their hand at writing rhyming verses, and most importantly how to look at life with a positive outlook. Hence this story should be read out in classrooms and school libraries, and parents of small children can keep it in their personal collections because of its motivational content.