Sunday, October 23 at 3PM

speaking & signing
Step Right Up:
How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness





Join us this Sunday afternoon for the celebratory launch of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness with local author Donna Janell Bowman! Step right up and show your support for this charming, beautiful, heartwarming picture book. See you there!


A biography of William "Doc" Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Beautiful Jim Key, to read, write, and do math, and who helped teach the world to treat animals kindly.

William "Doc" Key had a special way with animals. Growing up enslaved in Tennessee, Doc was sent to plantations around the state to care for sick and wounded animals. When the Civil War ended and Doc was freed, he began to dream of breeding a winning racehorse. But those dreams were dashed when his colt was born weak and sickly. Although many people would have euthanized the colt, Doc nursed him back to health and named him Jim.

Noticing a level of curiosity and eagerness in the horse, Doc began teaching Beautiful Jim Key first to recognize letters, then to read, write, add, subtract, and more. Doc soon took his talented horse on the road, spreading a message of patience and kindness, over cruelty, to all animals.

With striking illustrations by Daniel Minter, Step Right Up is the inspiring story of one man and one horse who showed the world the power of kindness.


DONNA JANELL BOWMAN first heard about Doc and Jim Key in 2005. She didn't believe that a horse could learn to read, so she began doing her own research and was inspired to tell Doc and Jim's story for young readers. Bowman grew up on a horse ranch and still loves to visit the ranch and its resident horses. Bowman lives in Texas with her husband, their twosons, and their rescue animals, Sparky and Mittens. This is her first picture book.

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Thank you for supporting Donna Janell Bowman and your local independent bookstore!  
Event date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620141489
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lee & Low Books - October 15th, 2016

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