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The Legend Of The Fancy Horse trilogy about a colorful herd of Appaloosa horses has come to an end.

Book three, 'The Legend Lives On,' which continues the story of Fancy, Father Stallion, Mother Mare and Dark Horse, is available from author Kristi Schumacher of Fall Creek. The author not only illustrates the books but also carves images of the horses from wood and adds real horse hair for the tails.

Her tale began with the birth of Fancy, a plain appaloosa filly, and her dramatic change. The book is a 'feel good about yourself and your differences' story for children.

Book two, 'The Coming Of The Dark Horse,' teaches acceptance and tolerance of others as a horse of a different breed is introduced to the herd.

This third and final book teaches family values and working together as a family.

And who knows, although it is the final book in this trilogy, the surprise ending does leave the door open for yet another series of horse-themed books.

Schumacher lives on a working farm in Eau Claire County with her husband, Jeff, and a paint horse named Shone. She is a member of a local authors group, Chippewa Valley Local Authors, whose members books are part of an exhibit at The Heyde Center For The Arts in Chippewa Falls through Feb. 4. Check the group out on Facebook for more information. Kristi's books, as well as her corresponding artwork, are available from the author at kristischu@hotmail.com.

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