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MAGIC

RAINBOW

SUNDANCE

ANGEL

   Introducing   CHAPS

MUSIC

CIRCUS

SPARKLE

FLAME

ECLIPSE

STARLIGHT

MILKY WAY

WHISTLE

FEATHER

SCOOTER

HOLLYWOOD

MOONBEAM

STARDUST

DREAMER

FIREFLY

RAIN DANCE

STORMY

PRINCESS

LACE

BLAZING STAR

SPLASH

CANDY

SUMMER

MELODY

SHADOW

HOPE

ROCKET

SILVER

MAGIC MAN'S ON DEMAND

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Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible. Help bring books to life for children.

Gentle Carousel Inc.

P.O. Box 1672

High Springs, FL  32655

Phone: 352-226-9009

ReadingIsMagic1@gmail.com

    Magic selected Most Heroic Pet In America. See her in AARP the Magazine.

Gentle Carousel in Woman's World magazine.

Gentle Carousel was selected a charity partner in Disney's 2010 volunteer program "Give a Day. Get a Day."

 

    What an honor and thrill to have Gentle Carousel's Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU.-Shelley Fraser Mickle

"Your Reading Is Magic program and volunteers are heroes every time they walk into a school or library.  Using little miniature horses to inspire young children to read is most creative.  Congratulations on your wonderful charity, spirit and service to your community."

- Bill Bennett " Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett

 

"Reading Is Magic!

Every child you inspire to read is a life forever changed. Thank you for that and for bringing books to life...

...Reading is magic. It can take you from outer space to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Either way, the journey is magical.

 ...Wow.  Love those little horses... Great job you're doing.  I'm proud of you." 

-Homer Hickam

  "To Magic and Gentle Carousel,  Thank you for all of your work.  Helping children read is the greatest magic of all,,,"

- James Gurney,

Best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series.  Thank you for the original artwork you created for Reading Is Magic.

 

Canine movie star Benji working with Magic.

"What they are doing is just so incredible.  They are making a difference. These people are the real deal.  They are down there in the trenches doing it."

 -Joe Camp

  Film writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind canine superstar Benji.

"What 'Reading Is Magic' does for kids by going into schools and igniting excitement for reading a story is beyond compare.  Keep the hoofbeats going."

Carl Joseph, Author of SOME CALLED ME

"Magic and Gentle Carousel,

  Inspiring children to read is magical.You are making a difference!"

 Chris Soentpiet - Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator

Presenting a library with one of the signed posters donated by Christ Soentpiet to Reading Is Magic.

Reading Is Magic on television.

"...Thank you for all the work you do.

...Reading is Magic!"

- Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award winner

  

Author Jessica Burkhart and Magic.

Gentle Carousel,

...Always follow your dreams.  Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.  Stay positive and stay strong.  You have the ability to make amazing things happen!" Love, Jessica Burkhart 

Author of the Canterwood Crest book series

"Keep up the wonderful work you do...   

Best, Jon " Jon Provost - Appeared as Timmy Martin on Lassie

Magic appearing on The Ilene Silverman Show.

 

"To Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic,

You are making magic everyday with each child you help..."

- Dianne Ochiltree

Magic with four-time Olympian and ten-time US Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, Karen O'Connor.

Life in the Galloping Lane, O'Connor

 

Magic with  David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist.

"To Magic and Gentle Carousel-

 You have a wonderful program. Thank you for bringing joy to children... Keep reading! It is magic!"

-Anna Grossnickle Hines, author and illustrator of over 50 children's books.

 

"Reading Is Magic,

Thank you for helping children learn to read...

- Michael Storrings"

 

 

Dakotamoons Heza Buckaroo Charmer

AMHA/AMHR Silver Buckskin

     Sundance stars in the popular children's novel JASON AND ELIHU published by Wild Onion Press.  Wild Onion Press publishes books featuring children with various physical differences. Their philosophy is that a physical difference is not a disability; it is merely an outstanding characteristic.    

   Several photos of Sundance appear in JASON AND ELIHU.  Sundance's outgoing personality was captured by author Shelley Fraser Mickle including his love of peppermints and his talent for smiling.

What an honor and thrill to have Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU. 

-Shelley Fraser Mickle

Sundance smiles for a new friend.

 

 Sundance helped give away 200 copies of Jason and Elihu to children in downtown Jacksonville as part of Prevent Child Abuse America/The Ounce of Prevention Fund Florida.

  The Board of Directors of Family Support Services of North Florida donated the books.

 

Since Sundance can't sign books, he kisses one of his photos in the book.

Everyone loves a real "Sundance Kissed Book!"

Sundance knows how to entertain a crowd.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Fraser Mickle and Sundance

Shelley Fraser Mickle grew up in Arkansas and Tennessee and graduated from the University of Mississippi. She studied writing at the University of Mississippi, the Harvard Extension School, and Wellesley College.

  Her first novel, THE QUEEN OF OCTOBER, was a l989 New York Times Notable Book; her second novel, REPLACING DAD, became a CBS movie and is now frequently shown on the Hallmark Channel, starring Mary McDonnell and teen heartthrob Eric von Detten.

Shelley began reading her humorous essays on National Public Radio in l995, and her collection of some of these was published in 2000, titled The Kids Are Gone; The Dog Is Depressed & Mom's on the Loose.

Her humorous essays have also recently become a part of the public radio program Recess, which is being picked up from satellite in radio stations in twenty listening areas ranging from Jacksonville to Columbus, Albuquerque to Milwaukee, Mobile Alabama, parts Texas and the state of Wyoming.

In August, 2000 she began reading her humorous essays on NPR's "Morning Edition".

Sundance in a photo from the book Jason and Elihu.  In this scene he is stealing from the trash cans at the local country store.

Sundance Pedigree

Sire

 

Boones Little Charms Buck

1998 31.75" AHMA/AMHR Solid Buckskin

 

 

Sire

Kochs Foxy Buck

29.50" AHMA/AMHR Solid Buckskin

 

 

Sire

BOONES LITTLE BUCK

1982 30.25" AHMA/AMHR Solid Palomino

 

 

Dam

BOONES FOXY LADY

1082 32 " Solid Grulla

Dam of:

BOONES TOYS LEADING LADY

 


Sire

 

 BOONES LITTLE BUCKAROO

1978 30.50" Buckskin Stallion

Without a doubt, Buckeroo is the most well-known miniature stallion in the world today. He holds the unequaled record of winning three National Grand Champion Senior Stallion Titles. 

In TEN consecutive years, SEVEN Buckeroo sons and grandsons won the AMHA NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION SENIOR STALLION TITLE!

Dam

 BOONES LITTLE SUNSHINE GIRL

1974 33.50" Solid Chestnut

Dam

Boones Little Charm

1985 32" AHMA/AMHR Solid Buckskin

Dam of Little Kings Turbo Buck

 

Sire

BOONES LITTLE MASTER

1982 30.25" AHMA/AMHR Solid Palomino

  2001 AMHR NATIONAL CHAMPION GET OF SIRE

 

Get include:

MY DREAMS MASTERS STINGER SPLASH

 2002 and 2003 AMHR Open Pleasure Driving Class  NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION

 2003 RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSENIOR STALLION

 

HALL OF FAME inductee in both halter and driving. 

 

MY DREAMS MASTERS ROCK STAR

2005 AMHR Futurity National Top Ten Yearling Colt

MY DREAMS MASTERS ANGELIC BUCKEROO

2005 AMHR National Reserve Futurity Champion 2 Year Old Mare

 

MY DREAMS MASTERS SPECIAL EDITION

2001 AMHR Nationals RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION MARE

Sire

 

 BOONES LITTLE BUCKAROO

1978 30.50" Buckskin

BOONES LITTLE HONEYCOMB

1972 32" Solid Sorrel

 

Dams

BOONES LITTLE MAUDE

Dam of Buckaroos Top Cat (below) 

At the age of 20,Top Cat was purchased thru the Heritage Sale for $30,000.

 

 
 

 

Dam


 
Texas LL Pearl Essence

2001 Dapple Silver

 

Sire

HPCS TEXAS SIX SHOOTER

1997 Solid Grey

 

Sire

COOKS MICKEY

1983 31.75" Solid Chestnut

Sire

MICKEYS MISTER MORK

1979 30.5" Solid Chestnut

Son of:

DELL TERAS LORD OF THE ISLES

Dam

YELLOW DIAMONDS DOT
1974 32" Dapple Grey

 Dam

HPCS CRICKETS TUFF & STUFF

1990 32" Solid Black

Sire
 

BARNETTS LITTLE PEEWEE

1981 29.75" Dapple Grey

Grandson of:

POPLAR LANES SAMSON

Sire of Little Kings Buckaroo

BETS PETTY CASH

1980 34.75" Solid Bay

 

Dam

AF MORNING MIST

1996 31.25" Dapple Silver

Sire

 
WITTMAACKS MICKEY MOUSE

1994 29.50" Solid Black


 

SireS

GOLD MELODY BOY

1962 33" Solid Palomino

Dam

Johnston's Silver

1975 32.50" Solid Grey

Full Sister to:

Roan Ranger

Daughter of:

GOLD MELODY BOY

1962 33" Solid Palomino

DamS

JOHNSTONS GOLD GEM

1976 32.50" Solid Palomino

 Dam of:

AF GOLD GAZELLE

NATIONAL  CHAMPION PRODUCER

Sire

 

GOLD MELODY BOY

1962 33" Solid Palomino

Dam

JOHNSTONS MI MI

 34"

   

Gentle Carousel's READING IS MAGIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill