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Length: 66 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 179 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: R. Garcia; 5 edition (November 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006AC5FCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R. Garcia is the peculiar eclectic writer. He was born on a Caribbean island and lived in several Latin American countries before residing permanently in the United States. Along the way he obtained a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline and produced several highly technical publications. However, one fine day he decided to fulfill his dream of writing something besides technical articles. This he began to do by publishing his work under the pen name "Phantomimic" on the document sharing site, where his stories have accumulated more than one hundred thousand reads and hundreds of comments. Based in part on this enthusiastic response to his work, he decided to take it to the next level. His first book on the Amazon Kindle is the collection of short stories entitled: "The Sun Zebra".

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on December 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A delightful collection of short stories recounted by a father chronicling the explorations of his daughter Nell. Nell is a very thoughtful, contemplative and questioning little girl who sees things thru the eyes of childhood innocence. These stories will charm and mesmerize as you are engaged in each story from the father's point of view as well as Nell's point of view.

The stories contained in this book are:
The Sun Zebra
Bob The Intrepid Insectnaut
Raven - Lenore
The Meaningless Christmas Tree
Birdman and The Fairy Tale

Each of these delightful tales manages to convey to a child the meaning of life, heartbreak, death, love and the true meaning of the things we create and hold dear. I found myself laughing and feeling the frustration and satisfaction of a parent trying to explain life in a way that a child can understand.

You will be gratified by the special connection this father has with his daughter and the love they share.
This is a book for adults and a book for parents to read with their children. This book is written with a tender humor and a genuine compassion for the importance of the feelings and emotions of a child.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Phantomimic.

Marilou George ~ The Kindle Book Review
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Spray on March 24, 2012
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This is a very delightful book filled with charming stories that teach us to love life. I easily read this in one sitting. I laughed, I cried and was only disappointed when it ended. My first read by this author but definitely not my last.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claire Hennessy on April 3, 2012
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Initially, I was unsure whether this collection of short stories would be my type of book and started with the attitude of reading it as fast as possible. Well, I did read it quickly but only because I couldn't stop reading. It is a beautiful and inspirational book, exceptionally well-written. Rolando takes us by the hand and gently leads us into a magical world seen through the innocent eyes of his daughter, Nell. Unsullied by the cynical view of others with supposedly more experience and wisdom, Nell is not only a delight, but shows she has an innate knowledge and purity which allow magic to happen. This book is touchingly poignant. I could feel my heart opening as I read it. It reminded me of simple, yet powerful truths. Rolando skillfully describes the joy, innocence and simplicity of being a child, while charmingly showing us what a truly marvelous father and husband he is at the same time. I cannot wait to read this again and would highly recommend this to anyone, child and adult alike.
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By K.Rose on March 21, 2013
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Nell, the little girl who is the star of these stories, is a delight. She thinks deeply about things and comes up with the kind of responses to situations that could only come from a young child. The stories take you back to a time when you, or perhaps your children, were very young. They embody the freshness of early childhood and show clearly the different perspective a child has on the world.

The author is an excellent writer. In these few short stories, he manages to draw Nell and her father clearly. Mr Smith, a war veteran, is another noteworthy character, and his story of a Christmas tree with meaning is perhaps my favourite of them all.

I enjoyed all the stories, due to their light touch, the gentle and caring adults, the sweet innocence of Nell and the inventive nature of the stories.

My second favourite is the Sun Zebra in which Nell sees a Zebra which she is very excited about, but when she takes her father to see it, there is nothing there but an old horse. They return several times, the adults sure that there is no Zebra, but Nell insists that there is. The author paints a beautiful picture of a young child wanting to be believed and the tale shows how literal and dull we adults can be on our interpretation of what we see.

The story of Bob the cicada also brought a smile to my face. The image of the poor insect stuck in a bit of paper attached to a balloon is certainly unusual, and the story woven around Nell's desire for Bob to fly is very sweet and has an unexpected outcome.

I recommend this book for any time you want something light and sweet. It's a short book, so good for reading between longer works.

4 stars
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlie Cullen on December 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first heard about The Sun Zebra, I was intrigued. By any stretch of the imagination it's not the sort of book I would normally buy, but there was an endearing quality about the blurb that piqued my interest and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed.

The Sun Zebra is a collection of five stories about Nell and events that have happened in her short life. It ably demonstrates the simplistic views that children have about life, how they can hold your hand and lead you into their magical world and how they have a knack of surprising adults.

I won't spoil your enjoyment by giving a synopsis of the stories, but they are absolutely enchanting! They are well-written with good use of description; you can easily picture the setting which adds to the enjoyment. The narrator, Nell's father, shows an honesty that is refreshing and a great deal of patience. He's also not afraid to let loose the child within to entertain and communicate with his daughter.

Reading this book has given me a fresh perspective on life. We all get so bogged down with the adult side of life that we often forget how to have fun, and I'm not referring to adult-type amusements. Being able to access our inner child, to remember the innocence and fun that got lost along the way is not that easy when we worry about paying bills and holding onto jobs etc.

That's what makes this book so special - it reminds us of the magic of childhood, the carefree existence, the innocence and the fun. Everyone needs to access their inner child and what better way to do it than with this book. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!
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