Tricycle and Friends: A #WobblyWednesday Book Review
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Last month, Bobby and I had the privilege of visiting Horse Creek Stable Bed & Breakfast. For those who haven’t read our post (go read it now!), Horse Creek Stable is home to a myriad of rescue and special-needs animals of all varieties. They have dogs, chickens, llamas, horses, and donkeys. One of their rescue dogs is a golden retriever with cerebellar hypoplasia – Hope. Meeting Hope was an unforgettable experience, but meeting all of Hope’s friends on the farm was also a treat.
One of Hope’s friends is Tricycle, a three-legged golden retriever who calls Horse Creek Stable “home.” Tricycle is the inspiration behind the book Tricycle and Friends: True-Life Adventures of a Three-Legged Golden Retriever and His Rescued Farm Animal Friends. This book is written by Lester Aradi, who owns and runs Horse Creek Stable with his wife Diane.
“Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares a story about a group of rescued animal friends and their real-life journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs. Through story and pictures, it addresses topics such as adoption, bullying, dealing with physical challenges, death of a companion, and friendship.” –Online Summary
Though the book is more of a children’s book, I think the lessons and stories are enjoyable for anyone. I know I love it!
Lester does a wonderful job of depicting life on the farm through the eyes of his and Diane’s rescue animals. As you read through the book, you are introduced to several of the farm residents, and you get to hear a bit about their back-story and how they came to live at Horse Creek Stable. There are also several photos of the animals, mixed in with illustrated pictures, so you get to experience the cuteness of Tricycle and his friends!
Tricycle and Friends is a wonderful book to teach children about love and acceptance, despite physical handicaps or past experiences. I love how Tricycle explains to Buckaroo the therapy donkey how he doesn’t let his disability get in his way. “When I make up my mind, I can do anything,” he tells Buckaroo. I can’t help but think of Sophie when I read that because she, along with Tricycle and Hope, is a perfect example of that statement.
As “mom” to a home full of rescue animals, several of which are special-needs, Tricycle and Friends hit home with me. Raising awareness for special-needs animals is one of my biggest passions, so I especially appreciate all that the Aradis are doing at their farm and through this book. You can tell that they really have a heart for rescue, and this book shows it!
Get a copy for yourself, you kid-friends, your local schools or libraries – anyone! It is truly heartwarming. I highly recommend it to everyone of all ages.
Even more, I highly recommend taking a trip to Horse Creek Stables to buy your book in person. Not only will you have your book pawtographed by Tricycle himself, you’ll also get to meet him, the Aradis, and all of their amazing animal friends! Also, by purchasing a copy of the book, you are directly supporting the animals of Horse Creek Stables, as every dollar made from the sale of the book goes towards their care.
P.S. Tricycle and Friends is intended to the first book of many, so be on the lookout for more installments!