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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; Lrg edition (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438235453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438235455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children, and adults too, should get a lot of laughs out of reading all about Eddie and his exploits--whether they are from Texas or not. -- Wayne Walker, Stories for Children 

About the Author

Marva Dasef is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction, most recently YA fantasy. She finds it a much more satisfying occupation. She lives with her husband and two demanding cats in the city in which she was born. She has published more than forty stories in a variety of print and on-line publications, and several appeared in 'Best of' anthologies. She has many published books. This book is based on memories of my father growing up in West Texas during the Depression Era.

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This book is a collection of short stories.
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She loves this type of writing and can easily read this large print size.
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Would definitely recommend this book for lovers of nostalgia.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Al Past on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Tales of a Texas Boy is a collection of 21 reminiscences of rural life in the Texas panhandle during the Depression, told in the voice of an eleven year old remembering his childhood as an elderly man (modeled after the author's father). Each tale is short and complete in itself, and all add up to a convincing evocation of what life was like during those days in that area of Texas.
The boy, of course, would not dwell on hardship, deprivation, or lack of creature comforts. From his point of view, he had regular chores to perform, a loving, fairly strict family to live with, and various spells of an interesting or exciting nature to experience.
These include adventures with snakes, a man who had a pet bear, a livestock auction, driving his father's Model A pickup truck, a wild jackass, various odd neighbors, going on an old-fashioned cattle drive, dogs, skunks, fishing, chickens, and his little sister, to name a few. Each story is preceded by a few sentences of authorial scene-setting--a nice touch--and a small black and white photograph, not credited or explained, but adding a pleasant visual accent to the pages.
The prose style has a countrified flavor, but not excessively so. Each story is well narrated, with the right details in the right place and usually a satisfying and appropriate conclusion.
Tales of a Texas Boy is intended to be a young adult book, but I see no reason younger children wouldn't enjoy it too, or adults, for that matter. I enjoyed it myself, and I am very far from a young adult. It reminded me of some of the stories J. Frank Dobie, the grand old man of Texas folklore, used to love.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Salerni on August 9, 2007
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Tales of a Texas Boy is a charming collection of anecdotes about life in Western Texas during the Great Depression. The author has related these stories through the narrative voice of Eddie, who is a slightly fictionalized version of her own father. These twenty vignettes are retold in first person, with an appropriate Texan dialect. I plan to use them in my fifth grade classroom as models for writing personal narrative. Each story is fairly short, the perfect length for a quick classroom reading, and will undoubtedly spark the students to respond with anecdotes of their own. ("That makes me think of the time ...") Although the historical setting of the tales provides an unfamiliar backdrop for most students, they will be able to relate to stories about Eddie meeting a bevy of skunks in a cornfield, briefly living his dream of becoming a cowboy, and watching an act of acrobatic derring-do from a sheep dog. Because each story revolves around one simple but charming episode of daily life, they provide perfect models for writing workshop.

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Author of High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bonecher-Brenaman on June 28, 2008
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From an encounter with an angry skunk in a cornfield on a Texas plain to a fireside supper with a Spanish-speaking stranger under a blanket of stars, Marva Dasef takes us on a nostalgic journey with these twenty stories. Through Eddy's eyes we see Texas as it was, and an America of
days gone by. We hear, in Eddy's voice, the song of the southern plains.
Spanning the younger years of Eddy's life, Tales of a Texas Boy is a rare
gem, preserving important memories in a wonderfully true narrative. A
lovely treasure for readers of any age. My children loved it as much as I did, and after we read it, I got right back onto Amazon and bought copies for both of my Grandpas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Past on January 28, 2009
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Tales of a Texas Boy is a collection of 21 reminiscences of rural life in the Texas panhandle during the Depression, told in the voice of an eleven year old remembering his childhood as an elderly man (modeled after the author's father). Each tale is short and complete in itself, and all add up to a convincing evocation of what life was like during those days in that area of Texas.
The boy, of course, would not dwell on hardship, deprivation, or lack of creature comforts. From his point of view, he had regular chores to perform, a loving, fairly strict family to live with, and various spells of an interesting or exciting nature to experience.
These include adventures with snakes, a man who had a pet bear, a livestock auction, driving his father's Model A pickup truck, a wild jackass, various odd neighbors, going on an old-fashioned cattle drive, dogs, skunks, fishing, chickens, and his little sister, to name a few. Each story is preceded by a few sentences of authorial scene-setting--a nice touch--and a small black and white photograph, not credited or explained, but adding a pleasant visual accent to the pages.
The prose style has a countrified flavor, but not excessively so. Each story is well narrated, with the right details in the right place and usually a satisfying and appropriate conclusion.
Tales of a Texas Boy is intended to be a young adult book, but I see no reason younger children wouldn't enjoy it too, or adults, for that matter. I enjoyed it myself, and I am very far from a young adult. It reminded me of some of the stories J. Frank Dobie, the grand old man of Texas folklore, used to love.
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