Horses have feelings too

Local thoroughbred writer hopes to help children with new series

“Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale” is the first in a new series by local writer Marion Altieri.

“Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale” is the first in a new series by local writer Marion Altieri.

— “I think every child should be brought up at the race track like I was,” she said.

So far, her first book has been a success with young readers. Altieri said she couldn’t believe the response she’s getting from children while reading “Clyde” at events.

While asking questions at a recent reading in Saratoga, a little girl nodded and looked at her mother each time Altieri mentioned getting picked on or feeling lonely.

“She looked so somber I wanted to cry,” she said. “I’m 55 years old and so naïve. I didn’t think about encountering children in person who could relate to the sad parts of the story. I ache for those children because I know how they feel.”

Altieri said she hopes her books will become beloved classics to the children who read them, who will one day want to pass them on to their own kids. Much like Dr. Seuss and Golden Books were inspirations for her growing up, Altieri dreams someone will eventually say they became a writer because of the impact the Alpha Mare series had on their lives.

“I want to give them that joy, while contributing to their self esteem. I want to help them find meaning in their lives,” she said. “That’s not a lofty ambition, right?”

A portion of each book sold is donated to Equine Advocates, a non-profit that supports the humane and responsible treatment of horses.

“Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale” can by found at Saratoga Expressions on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, online at caballopress.com, and is coming soon to Barns and Noble Bookstores throughout the country.

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