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**Recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award.** Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster takes readers on a page-turning adventure through the whimsical world of High Country. Ruth Ann and her friends come upon a host of strange characters, fight unimaginable battles against treacherous foes, and make tremendous sacrifices, all while racing against time. They learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, compassion, and courage and have the adventure of their lives. This chapter book is a refreshing and unique fantasy story that will appeal to children of all ages, a tale that engages and stimulates the imagination and reminds readers just how much fun reading can be. . . so climb aboard and get whirled away on a magical adventure. It is quite a ride, indeed!
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Ruth Ann's story has been in the making for over seven decades author Kathy Luders was a girl no older than Ruth Ann is in this book when she first discovered the tattered pages of this tale, written by her long-past grandmother, Frances Willey Beebe. She didn't see these pages again until after the death of her mother nearly fifty years later! Since then, she's worked the story into a chapter book that is refreshing, unique, and charming a true fantasy that will appeal to the whimsical side of children and adults everywhere. Kathy Luders lives in San Antonio with her husband, Rich, and her dog, Lonesome.Review:
A story within a story, Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster is one of the most imaginative children's books to surface in a long time. Ruth Ann is more than just the protagonist--she really exists. The story was originally written over eighty years ago for Ruth Ann deVally by Frances Beebe, her mother. Years later after both had passed on, Ruth Ann's daughter, Kathy Luders, brought the forgotten story out of its cupboard drawer, dusted it off, edited and prepared it for publishing. Perhaps the most poetic aspect of the book is that it centers on the death of Ruth Ann's dog, Dukey Daddles, and his consequential visit into High Country (Heaven). Frances Beebe seems to be using the story to connect with her daughter and granddaughter from her own version of High Country. The story begins on the day before Ruth Ann's birthday, as she wanders around aimlessly, longing for Dukey Daddles' company. She stumbles across a discarded whistle in the grass. To her astonishment, it begins talking to her! Much like the infamous Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, Whistle Stick needs a bit of grease to make his joints work again, and he enlists Ruth Ann's aide in obtaining the magical salve. Thus begins the adventures of Ruth Ann as she takes on a new companion, discovers the monstrous Green Blowster hidden deep in the forest, and travels to High Country to find Dukey Daddles. The pair encounters a vast array of characters, each lending a unique hand in the search for Ruth Ann's lost dog. The simplicity of the time period is evident in the writing, with interactions between humans kept at a minimum and a rare connection to nature permeating the pages. Perhaps this is what allows Beebe's creativity to flow freely with truly inventive characters. It is regretful that Beebe was not a published author while she lived, as she surely would have made some valuable contributions to children's literature. Armchair Interviews says: Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster is a heart-warming story that revives the wonder of childhood. --armchairinterviews.com --armchairinterviews.com
Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards
Whether you are a grandparent reading this book to younger children or giving it to older children to read themselves you will be hooked yourself after reading the first few pages. Your heart will be warmed by the characters and the adventure will carry you from chapter to chapter. The values demonstrated as the story progresses will be the best examples children could possibly read about. I read the book cover to cover! --B. Howlett
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Book Description Brown Books Publishing Group, 2007. Condition: New. Jeff Jackson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0615276458
Book Description Brown Books Publishing Group, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 288 pages. 8.60x5.80x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0615276458