Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Review: Sally Schrock Writes & Illustrates Delightful Children's Book!

Hayseed’s First Race

Written and Illustrated by
Sally Schrock
Caballito Children's Books
Imprint of Caballo Press
ISBN: 0982476620

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You are right—I don’t normally open my reviews with publicity information. Well, that just shows you that each book speaks to me in different ways! And Sally Schrock, Writer and Illustrator of Hayseed’s First Race, shares a beautifully illustrated and wonderful story!

Hayseed’s mother, a beautiful horse, inside and out, early on taught Hayseed that he was loved! She especially taught him to love himself! Now that’s a very important lesson that we must all learn—and remember—throughout our lives! When Hayseed was a yearling, he even wrote a list of what he loved about himself. Excellent idea, right?

But then, after much training and practice, Hayseed was going to run his first race.

Nobody gave him a chance of winning. (p. 1)

In fact, Prince Perfect told him right out that he was not a racehorse. Of course, Prince Perfect was sure he was going to win and he reassured Hayseed often that he would and also laughed at Hayseed’s shoes, telling him he belonged in a circus.

Well, Hayseed did wear different shoes—he wore shoes like kids! How cool is that?!

Now Hayseed did listen to Prince Perfect, but it only made him want to run a fast race against him.

And they’re off!

Parents, when you introduce Hayseed’s First Race to your children, be sure to spend time pointing out the detail drawings in the background. Find the beautiful swan in the middle of the racetrack or meet Hayseed’s mother in a “thought” picture showing a small Hayseed by her side. A delightful children’s book by Sally Schrock! Don’t miss this one!

G. A. Bixler

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  1. Sally, I visited the website and loved the how the illustrations were 3-D almost. Looks to be a great story.
    Congrats on your book!

  2. From the publisher:

    Glenda, Thank you for such a wonderful and well-written review. Sally will be thrilled! We’ll be posting a link to your review on the book’s website, later today.

    Thanks again. Have a fabulous day!

    Marketing Director
    Caballo Press of Ann Arbor

  3. The concept of this book is very sweet and endearing. However, it is truly such a travesty that Sally Schrock is so incredibly full of hatred, venom and to boot is 'pro-slaughter' of horses for human consumption. As if this weren't bad enough, she also has numerous animal cruelty/neglect charges against her. All one has to do to verify these facts are Google her, look up KC Court Records and/or look her up on Facebook. She also goes by Sarah Schrock.

    I find that very ironic that she would be a children's author or even more mortifying a potential 'role model' for children.

    I would never in a million years subject my children to such hypocrisy!! I also question Caballo Press for not conducting background searches on their 'authors'.

  4. the comment above was written to one of my freinds from the Publisher.

  5. Children's author animals surrendered to Animal Control

    22 dogs, cats, and removed from Sarah aka Sally Schrock.

    Link to article: