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The Sun Zebra [Kindle Edition]

R. Garcia
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book is written with a tender humor and a genuine compassion for the importance of the feelings and emotions of a child.
The Kindle Book Review

This little book is like iced tea on a hot day. It changes things inside of you.
Joyce Faulkner, Author of "In the Shadow of Suribachi," "Losing Patience," "For Shrieking Out Loud," and "USERNAME."

There is so much love echoing through these stories -- love of family and love of nature -- they are a joy to read.
Barbara Alfaro author of "Mirror Talk"

This is a book you will want to read again and again, particularly aloud to those who are important in your life.
Inge Meldgaard author of "A death in the Making" and "The Cicada"

R. Garcia, the writer who is also known by his pen name "Phantomimic," brings you "The Sun Zebra", which is best described as a children's book for grownups. Its aim is to encourage us to discover (or rediscover) the amazing things that children and their magical carefree world can teach us, even as we try to teach them about the harsh realities of our own. The book is a collection of five stories that follow the "adventures in living" of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother Rhonda, and Nell's father who is the narrator of the stories.

I loved these stories because they are a reminder of what's important in life: the bonds we have with our family and friends and the incredible magic of children.
Ingrid Ricks author of "Hippie Boy"

The stories are pleasant, funny, and delightful to read, but you quickly discover that they go much deeper than you anticipated when you first began reading them.
Robert David McNeil author of "Iona Portal"

Buy this book and you too will feel the sun shine on you in a new and different way. I promise.
Laura Novak author of "Finding Clarity"

Product Details

  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: R. Garcia; 5 edition (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
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes of a Child 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Zebra March 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and inspirational April 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster Tiny Collection June 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In the title story of this small collection, we meet adults too concerned with their drinking and being lazy to pay attention to a child desperate for attention, desperate to have someone share her awe inspiring discovery. When the adult(s) finally get off their bums to go see what the fuss is about it is too late. At last the child is exonerated and found to have indeed discovered something special.

This first tale made me angry. I wanted to kick these lazy people in the shins to get their attention and tell them go tend to your child.

The other tales are slanted views of life, death and the world, with the protagonist child being shielded and sheltered from the unpleasantness of life with lies and made up bits of fabrication.

These tales are inappropriate for children or young readers, and the way the father (author) attempts to sell his daughter to the reading public as our cutesy heroine-protagonist seems much like he is using her to gain attention for himself vicariously through her cuteness.

Over all, this is a mediocre read that could use some polishing and a bit more flair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting childhood. November 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having known Rolando Garcia for over six years and reading his works on SCRIBD; all I can say is "The Sun Zebra" is a wonderfully and lovingly written tales of a beautiful and innocent childhood.

Each story amazingly captures - fun, love, humor, emotions, imagination, and surprises. Rolando has realistically portrayed feelings of us adults, when we are among children.

I was emotionally sent back to my childhood days, while reading Rolando's book.

I highly recommend reading "The Sun Zebra" at least once and you'll love to read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Zebra - lovely November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reminiscent of James Herriot's series of heart felt reminisces from his work as a veterinarian, R. Garcia takes us on a charming stroll through several joyful adventures he shared with his daughter Nell. Lovingly written, each tale shares their love, humor, and Nell's inventive and wonderful imagination. The collection brought back fond memories of my time with my own children, when youth brought out the marvels of a world full of surprises, puzzles and wonders. A lovely collection that all would enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Your Inner Child - FABULOUS!! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
A marvelous short story collection that reminds adults of the impact they make on children and the importance of keeping the magic alive without being a condescending boob! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Reader4Life
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't cut it
Just can't quite get into short stories no matter how good they are. These are "nice" stories but could not hold my interest enough to finish them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Linda S. Justice
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading by all parents
Loved this little book. I would love to know what this inquisitive, intelligent child becomes as an adult. I think she will always be exploring. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Olivia
4.0 out of 5 stars puts a smile on one's heart
The Sun Zebra is a collection of five short stories written by R. Garcia. They are wonderful stories about the adventures in the life of a little girl, Nell, and her parents, and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lynn A. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Really warm story
Excellent story, to read to my children and their friends. They loved the content, that was very compelling and human
Published 18 months ago by ROLANDO GARCIA-LAGO
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling gem
The Sun Zebra is a small book packed with a big message. Told in the viewpoint of the father through the eyes of his daughter, The Sun Zebra is a treat! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book because it made me think about my own
I love this book because it made me think about my own daughter. You never know what to expect as they become a person before your own eyes. Read more
Published on March 27, 2013 by Muhammed Jargboh-Sillah
4.0 out of 5 stars light and sweet
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... Read more
Published on March 21, 2013 by K.Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Beautiful quaint stories through the eyes of one just learning. May the adults around her grasp her wonder and excitement. May we never cease to seek the zebras in life.
Published on March 5, 2013 by susan garman
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical ,charming but not sugary sweet
I loved entering his daughters magical world. The story is charming but not sugary sweet. I wanted it to come in a beautiful hardback edition with fabulous illustrations by Robin... Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by Barbara Glazier
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More About the Author

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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