Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pie, An Old Brown Horse by Kandy Kay Scarmuzzo, A Book Review


Writing a story in the first person is not uncommon, but when that first person is a horse, well, I really wasn't expecting it to actually be entertaining to say the least.  Thankfully since I have such a huge admiration and respect for horses, I decided to give it a read.  What a pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable story this is.

The title is a little misleading.  Pie may be an old brown horse now, but he was nothing of the sort during the story.  Kandy brought that personable horse to life like he was almost one of us.  As we all know, animals have feelings, thoughts and ways to communicate just like we do.  Even though some, and maybe a lot of people, don't think about this in a very in depth way, Kandy proves that to be our oversight and sadly our loss.  Because as you read the story, the thoughts, and emotions of how Kandy presented these majestic animals is nothing short of enthralling, entertaining, and enlightening.

Sometimes you just had to laugh out loud, as Pie literally thought like an animal would at our crazy antics, and his simplistic and natural understanding of how life just is.  We make it complicated, and they bring it back to basics and fun.

Reading about Pie and his story made you really wish you could have gotten to know him, even enjoyed some of the same events with him.  To have known and spent time with him would have been a cherished privilege.  Knowing the owners of Pie could teach all of us the meaning of unconditional love.

As you learn from this book, taking care of a horse or more, is not for the faint of heart.  It is work, money, time, and emotion, but the rewards are so much greater than what is given, that the comparison is actually impossible.  For those who do it and have done it, like the owners of Pie, they wouldn't trade it for the world.

Pie calls the owner, keeper.  His love, thankfulness, appreciation and admiration of keeper is obvious, and just as obvious is, it's well deserved.  I am sure the keeper is the author, and I am sure you will see, as I did, that the spirit of the keeper is nothing short of incredible.  It is apparent that unconditional love is as central to her core as the automatic beating of her heart.  People like this should be respected and emulated.  Pie knew this and showed her and his charge, little one just how much love he had to give back. 

This story should be read by everyone, and really should be a required reading in schools everywhere.  It is not only enjoyable and entertaining; it is educational in more ways than you can imagine.  Thanks for the privilege of reading and writing a review of your book Kandy.  It was a great pleasure.