Solvang, CA (November 30, 2010) – Monty Roberts’ seventh and eighth books enlighten and entertain children while helping them better understand the hearts and minds of horses. These first novels from Monty were inspired by requests from little girls the world over to tell the story from the mustang’s perspective. Like Black Beauty, the story is told in the voice and from the perspective of the horse.
The books are titled I’m Shy Boy: Here’s My Story for ages 9 years old and up and the other is The Little American Mustang for ages 3-8 years old. In both, Monty interprets the life of an American mustang being raised in the Western United States. Drawing upon his real-life adoption of a three-year-old Bureau of Land Management wild mustang, Monty includes their experience with the British Broadcast Company (BBC) filming while he achieved Join-Up® with the mustang on 12,000 acres of open range. It was then that Monty named the mustang Shy Boy and he still resides today on Flag Is Up Farms with Monty in Solvang, California.
Monty’s says: “These books were a lot of fun to write as I answered the requests of hundreds of children who wanted Shy Boy to tell his own story.”
Endorsed by authors and horse lovers:
“I was so fortunate to be present on the day Shy Boy Joined-Up with Monty. It was thrilling and life changing for all concerned.”
–Cheryl Ladd, Actress and author of The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship and Token Chic: A Woman’s Guide to Golfing with the Boys.
Title: I’m Shy Boy: Here’s My Story
Description: Shy Boy, Monty Robert’s mustang companion, is finally telling his story…through his eyes and interpreted by Monty Roberts. Beautifully illustrated, his tale is a compelling read for young people of all ages. Shy Boy’s life begins in the Nevada mountains, where he is born into a herd of wild American mustangs. Seeing the world through his eyes, you experience his first encounter with the humans who capture him from the wild as a three-year-old stallion. His surprise at meeting Monty, a man who moves and speaks like a horse, develops into a bond of trust that will last a lifetime. Shy Boy takes us on a unique journey through the mind of the horse, encountering obstacles, challenges and rewarding experiences. His confident yet questioning nature makes him a natural storyteller as he recounts the amazing journey life has taken him on.
Co-starring with Monty Roberts in the BBC documentary Monty Roberts: A Real Horse Whisperer, Shy Boy and Monty now live on Flag Is Up Farms in California, where they work together to help people learn to understand and respect their horses. An utterly unique and uplifting adventure story, you will find yourself falling in love with this horse and his message.
Author: Interpreted by Monty Roberts
Written for ages 9 and up
Dimensions 8 ¼ x 10 ¼
82 full color illustrations including chapter heads by Sisko Tahon-Raulo, age 19, and Phillipa “Millie” Raulo, age 17 from Hungary
Includes five photographs
Title: The Little American Mustang
Description: Based on the true story of Shy Boy, the wild American mustang who learned to trust through the gentle ways of an extraordinary man, Monty Roberts. This storybook is brimming with vivid illustrations and written from the horse’s point of view. Shy Boy’s inspiring story demonstrates how much fun people and horses can have together and how much we can learn from each other. With its humane message about the immeasurable effects of kindness, it is sure to capture the imagination of young children ages 3 to 8.
Author: Interpreted by Monty Roberts
Illustrators: Siska Tahon-Raulo and Philippa Raulo
Retail Price: $14.95USD
Reading level: Pre-school to lower elementary
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Monty and Pat Roberts Inc. (November 15, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 ounces
It can be purchased in the United States on line at http://www.montyroberts.com or at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, CA.