A new children’s book is straight from the horse’s mouth

Portsmouth author Diane Robbins Jones chronicles the first year with her handsome chestnut thoroughbred Rudy in her first children’s book, “Rudy – A Big Horse with a Big Heart.”

In the story written from the horse’s point of view, Rudy spotlights the highs and lows as he and Jones begin to work together, learn to trust each other, and eventually develop a deep bond.

After three years with Rudy, who makes his home at Independence Farm in Rye, Jones is sharing her story (and Rudy’s) to teach children what goes into horse ownership – responsibility, hard work, dedication and unconditional love. The book also includes a glossary of horse terms relating to riding, care and anatomy, as well as 20 fun horse facts. The book features illustrations by local artist Karen Busch Holman who has illustrated 14 books, including “G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet.”

The book will be available on Amazon for $24.95.

Meet the author and illustrator

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1- 3 p.m. Diane Robbins Jones and Karen Busch Holman will be signing copies of “Rudy – A Big Horse With a Big Heart” at the Christmas Dove in Barrington.