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The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob - A Journey Begins Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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''Brooks Olbrys has done a remarkable job. Blue Ocean Bob provides young minds with positive precepts and powerful lessons that will serve them for the rest of their lives.'' --Bob Proctor, personal development coach and bestselling author of You Were Born Rich
''The deepest desire we have as parents is to help our children build character, confidence, kindness, and enthusiasm. Your children will love these delightful stories, and the simple but profound principles they reveal will be with them for a lifetime. Set sail today with Blue Ocean Bob for a magnificent voyage of discovery!'' --Brian Biro, America's Breakthrough Coach and author of Beyond Success
''The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob series is destined for greatness. What better way to prepare our children for personal success than to take them on a trip through the power of their minds and imaginations. Thumbs up, bon voyage--a new children's classic has been birthed!'' --Cynthia Brian, New York Times bestselling author, TV/Radio host, and founder/executive director of the literacy charity Be the Star You Are!
''Blue Ocean Bob empowers children to cultivate proactive attitudes, to value themselves and confidently tap into their inherent gifts for making their dreams come true. In the natural and light hearted language of a child, Olbrys succeeds in making it obvious that it is the birthright of every child to live a bright and meaningful life filled with limitless opportunities.'' --Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential
''This is a little book, but one that packs a big punch of wisdom. All of us want to be fulfilled and happy; many never find the way. In this book, wisdom is given wrapped in charming rhyme with an upbeat story, and brought to life with colorful, bold illustrations. Wisdom will be found that will last your child a lifetime.'' -- --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
As a lifelong student of achievement philosophies, Brooks Olbrys was inspired by his young son to make these philosophies accessible to children. With encouragement from best-selling author and personal development coach Bob Proctor, Brooks created the children's book series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob.
A graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Brooks is the founder of Children's Success Unlimited and a managing director at investment bank Ion Partners. He lives with his wife and son in New York City and greatly enjoys escapes to the North and South American coastlines.
Kevin Keele (illustrator of A Journey Begins chapter book)
From a young age, Kevin Keele has enjoyed creating artwork in many forms: drawing, oil painting, digital painting, even stained glass. His work has been featured in numerous picture books, magazines, board games, and video games. Though he lives far from any coastlines, he has always been fascinated by the ocean and enjoys illustrating its various creatures.
Kevin is currently an artist for Disney Interactive Studios. He lives in Utah with his wife and two sons. They're the caretakers of one grouchy cat, three chickens, and thousands of Italian honeybees.
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The book cover demonstrates the quality and quantity of the brilliant colorful illustrations, created by Kevin Keele, used in this exceptional book, which, especially with the hard-back edition will be a significant addition to your children's book library. Or donate the book to your local school or library. I am positive that both children and early teens will love it!
I loved that both animal and human characters were used. In the story itself, the main character Bob loves the beach, the sea, and the animals found there...and he wants to help make it better if he can, besides just keeping it clean, which is a very important job as well.
One of the best parts about this book, which took, I am sure, much skill and work, is that it is written totally in rhyme! Bob is old enough to be thinking about doing something, but he doesn't know how to begin... But Bob knew what he wanted to do so he got into his boat and decided to ask the sea creatures. It didn't take long before he came along a dolphin named Al. He immediately asked Al his secret for being so joyful and free...
Al shared that he appreciated life's every minute. Also that we are all given incredible power; we had it right now...But Al was just more confused so Al advised him to visit his teacher...
But of course, we all know that deciding and accepting something does not automatically make it so...Bob still had a long way to go... But he had begun! And he kept on asking questions and seeking guidance from others until he is sent to somebody that could really help... and, boy, did she throw him a test task to do!
You know what? I haven't even said anything about chapter 2 and beyond! And there are 5 chapters...So be prepared to help Bob through his first task and see what else he gets into on his way to fulfilling his desire to become a marine biologist! By the way, although the book is about Bob's adventures, Mary Marine and another new young girl who we'll meet in another book, will make the book just as fun and interesting for both boys and girls, especially those who love swimming, the sea and its creatures! Highly recommended!
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We have read the second book in this series and really enjoyed it but I was curious on how Blue Ocean Bob came to be so I asked the author if I could read book one and he was good with sending me a copy.
In this story we learn how Ocean Bob became an official assistant to Mary. We get to meet Doc the Turtle, Earl the Clam and Wallace the Walrus. Each animal gives him the wisdom and wise words to complete his journey that Mary Marine gives him.
Bob knows he has a purpose in life but he doesn't know how to go about finding it so when Mary Marine gives him a test he knows this is it for him. But we see him get discouraged only to encounter Earl and get even more advice and wisdom on what he should do. Will Bob succeed in passing his test? Will he accomplish what he needs to do to find his purpose in life?
The pictures are wonderful and really go with the story, the rhyming within the story being told keeps kids entertained with wording but not bored.
I really liked the quote " Think of the negative and you will fail. Think of the positive? You'll tag that whale.
It's the magic word 'attitude,' which, if it's right, will attract all the good that you have in your sight. When you put it together, it's simple but true: Your attitude shapes the world's image of you."
That is so true and I believe kids need to hear that. There is a lesson within the story though I don't think children know it.
K enjoyed how Bob went on an adventure and finished his job. He thought a talking Clam and Turtle were very funny.
This is a great book to have at home and read with your children I would recommend this for ages 7 on up.
The author, Brooks Olbrys seems to have a gift for writing rhyming stories and the illustrator, Kevin Keele has created the illustrations which set off the story just right.
Bob lives by the sea. One day he decides to go on a mission with his friend and guardian to discover the world around them. On their way they find many wonderful characters who help to see the world through their eyes while giving them valuable advice.
I could go on and on raving about this book as I think it is one that should be on everyone's bookshelf.
I was given this book by Greenleaf Book Group and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and I want to say thank you to both.