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  • File Size: 152 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: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,731 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 Scribd.com, 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".

To learn more visit my website (http://phantomimic.weebly.com/), follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/Phantomimic), like my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phantomimic/203347659698101), or befriend me on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/phantomimic).

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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 AH on June 21, 2013
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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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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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By J. Hagen on November 19, 2012
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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 By Carlie Cullen on December 28, 2011
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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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