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About Patricia Furstenberg
Patricia Furstenberg is a skilled author, blogger and mother. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia writes about everything she feel passionate about: history and the human minds behind it, the psychology of war, dog heroes, and the humor of animals.
Her latest book, "Transylvania's History A to Z" is "a wonderful combination of stories, photos, history, and legends."
Her contemporary military novel "Silent Heroes: When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for", is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery. "Silent Heroes" is a narrative about the value of life. A new look at the War in Afghanistan, at the MWD, Military Working Dogs and the brave Marines fighting it, but also at the Afghans caught in it.
Her historical fiction book "Joyful Trouble" is an Amazon Bestseller.
Her book of poems "As Good As Gold" became a #1 New Release the day it was published.
For her children's books, Patricia is well known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails. Using her inner child she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with “creativity and vivid imagery” and she knows how to “capture the reader’s imagination.”
Her words “truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!”
Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting.
Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges "were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style”. The judges thought Patricia's writing style is "well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense”, “confident and intriguing”. The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US.
Promoting positive news about her home country, Romania, with the hashtag #Im4Ro
When she’s not writing Patricia enjoys reading, researching for forthcoming books and traveling with her family. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day.
Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.
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Titles By Patricia Furstenberg
Dreamland, these are stories lived, legends of why, myths of who, folk believes rooted in the days when the populace of Banat, Crisana, Maramures, and Transylvania laid the first foundations in places still untamed, places that maybe changed their face as they changed many hands throughout centuries.
Dreamland: like a river flows free, like the bird knows no boundaries, and like clouds spread over the entire horizon, so is the history, and the tales of these Romanian provinces. Dacians and Romans, Vlachs, Moti, Mocans, Huns, Peri, Magyars, Transylvanian Saxons , Swabians, Szeklers, Jewish refugees, Ottoman invaders, hajduks and emperors, priests, these are the folks who shared this Dreamland and together they shaped its history, culture and architecture.
In these troubled times, when one’s identity escapes and is easily strewn along paths travelled far and wide, let’s take another look back. Let’s meet the people who can still remember the tales of their ancestors, entrusted to them with the seed of truth.
Today Romania has ten defined historical provinces: Banat, Crișana, Maramureș, Transylvania (Ardeal or Erdély) presented in this book, Dreamland, but also Bucovina, Moldova, Basarabia, Oltenia, Muntenia, and Dobrogea.
Banat: local population lived mainly in huts scattered over the valleys because the main occupation was pastoralism without transhumance. This historical region often bordered various empires that made the area somewhat insecure, and often depopulated due to war outbursts. Today Banat is a land peacefully shared between Romania, Serbia, and Hungary.
Crisana: is a geographical and historical region in north-west Romania named after the Criş Rivers guarded by the peaks of Apuseni Mountains. The etymology for Crişana goes back to the old name for Criş Rivers, Chrisola, deriving from Ancient Greek golden due to golden specks often spotted in its waters.
Maramures: located in the very north of Romania, the very birth of Maramureş has its legend. Its people love to share it by the fire of the woodstove, during cold January evenings steeped in snow. The wood-carved Maramureş Gates are one of the most precious symbols of Maramureş Country.
Transylvania is a historical plateau located at the heart of Romania. Dominated by large pastures, Transylvania is sheltered by the Carpathian Mountains which stand guard around it: to the west, Apuseni Mountains; to the east, Harghita Mountains; and to the south by the Fagaras Mountains nicknamed the Alps of Transylvania and traversed by the spectacular Transfagarasan Road. A multicultural region with a noteworthy history and a rich cultural heritage, Transylvania is known as Ardeal to its millennial Romanian inhabitants, Siebenbürgen to the German Saxons who lived on this land for centuries, and Erdély to the Szeklers and the Hungarian people living here today, alongside Turks, Jews, Serbs, and Roma Gypsies.
This isn’t a history book, or a storybook, but rather a collection of fleeting impressions, lived truths, reflections, descriptive essays, and snapshots of a life lived in fabulous ways.
These short texts are meant to evoke passages from history and I tried to write them with passion and lyricism, and, I hope, wit. Telling stories is the best way to keep the past, this untouchable treasure, alive.
NEW, revised edition. Bright, pictures that will engage children.
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Kasi, ‘n wees jagluiperd mannietjie, en Mtani, ‘n Labrador tefie, wat ‘n merkwaardige vriendskap gesmee het en lewenslank vriende gebly het…
***Die Jagluiperd en die Hond
***Die Blitsige Jagluiperd
***Die Eensame Luiperd
***Die Afrika Wilde Honde
OVER 30 PAGES. Colorful ILLUSTRATIONS.
Twee nat neuse het eendag ontmoet,
Heel toevallig, elke een op sy eie missie, het hulle gegroet.
Die son was hoog, dit was ‘n warm dag,
As die stof opwaai en jy wou sien, moes jy wag.
So is Afrika se wilde vlaktes,
Met lang, warm somers en sterte met stories.
Die jagluiperd is die vinnigste dier ter wêreld. Hy kan oor kort afstande die verbasende snelheid van ‘n hondert-en-tien kilometer per uur haal.
Hierdie dier behoort tot die katfamilie, maar verskil van hulle in dié opsig dat hy nie sy naels kan intrek nie. Gevolglik, en ook omdat hy met so ‘n vaart oor die aarde beweeg, slyt sy naels baie gou af.
Don't miss the other books in this adorable series:
The Chimp and the Dog,
Just Nuisance the Sea-Dog,
The BLT, the Bear, the Lion and the Tiger
The Cheetah and the Dog,
The Lion and the Dog,
The Elephant and the Sheep
A 2022 edition.
Transylvania's unspoiled natural beauty, its tumultuous history, and the people who touched it are depicted in this book.
Written as snapshots, tall tales, and descriptive narratives, these 100-word stories are the espresso of creative writing.
A - Z, 100-Wors Stories are inspired by Transylvania’s history, from the Paleolithic Period to WW1
Each 100 Words Story is followed by a brief historical reference
The unique beauty of a 100-word story is in the way the words are strung together, each one a gem, and in the spaces left between the words, and between the sentences. So much can be told, with little words. It is a challenge for the writer, and a thrill for the reader, as each time the tale is read, a new detail springs to mind.
"As an armchair historian, I love researching lost tales, traveling, exploring hidden corners, and unearthing new facts, forgotten characters, or hidden clues. I love to give them a voice and to bring them into the light in my tales. Be it people, animals, or the land and its architecture, no detail is too small, no voice is too soft. What was once overlooked now brings history alive in my historical or contemporary fiction books and short stories, such as the 100-Word Stories based on the history of Transylvania." (Patricia Furstenberg)
An assiduous research has been done on putting this book together. This is the author's view. As with any historical work, opinions on historical events may and will vary. Please respect the author's work in writing these stories.
100-words stories included in Transylvania's History A to Z:
A Paleolithic Murder
Behind the Cave Art
Conduct in a Neolithic Kingdom
Dacian Horses of Bronze Age
Echoes of a Battle, the Getae
Falx vs Gladius, Dáoi vs Romans
Greed, of the Roman Kind
Hope Has Multiple Faces
Immortalis, the Immortal
Jottings on a Tree
Kaleidoscope by Castra Micia, Hunedoara
Laudable Attempt, to Some Extent
Motives of Christianity
New Footprints on Old Land
Oh, This Sweet Language of Ours
Powerful Tahutum Wants Transylvania
Quest Beyond the Forest
Romanian’s Brother, the Woodland
Sincerely, your m-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA
Ţara is Terra
Under the Threat of Crusades
Vlad the Impaler
Wars with Ottomans
X, I Sign My Letter with a Cross
Year of Our Lord, 1848
Zest for Peace and Unity
NEW, revised edition, November 2020. Bright, engaging, childlike pictures.
Don't miss the other books in this adorable series: The Chimp and the Dog, Just Nuisance the Sea-Dog, The BLT, the Bear, the Lion and the Tiger The Cheetah and the Dog, The Lion and the Dog, The Elephant and the SheepHierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Themba, ‘n ses- maande-ou weesolifant wat aangemeem is deur Albert die skaap. Die twee vriende woon in ‘n natuurreservaat in Suid Afrika.
Twee klein stertjies het een dag ontmoet, Heel per ongeluk onder warm sonstrale het hulle gegroet: “Hallo, kom ons speel!” met swaaiende sterte wat wys. Hulle was nie dieselfde nie, tog albei was grys. Een het groot voete, die ander was korter; Een glimlag wyd, die ander se mond was kleiner.
Die kremetartboom was oud, dit lyk spesiaal gemaak asof ‘n reël: Sit saam met ‘n vriend, om my groot skadu te deel. Dit was pret om kos te deel, water en lag; Dan rustig rus, sit en gesels en vir die reën te wag.
15 Fassinerende Feite oor Olifante 5. Benewens sy enorme grootte, is die mees opvallende ding oor 'n olifant sy romp - basies 'n uiters verlengde neus en bolip. 'n Olifant kan sy stam gebruik om 'n grondboontjie te dop sonder om die pit wat daarin geleë is. ...
5STARS Readers' Favorite Book:
"The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun little book. The story is about an elephant and a sheep that become friends. Each day they meet at the water puddle, but somehow the elephant always arrives first. The sheep tries to beat the elephant to the water puddle first, but each day manages to always arrive second. Until one day the sheep discovers what the elephant’s secret is. I liked The Elephant and the Sheep, but at the same time it made me sad. The elephant’s secret was heartbreaking. The sheep was a very good friend to invite the elephant back to his home. I could not help but wonder what adventures lay ahead for this unique duo. I was surprised that this book was inspired by a true story. Furstenberg has piqued my interest in learning more about the original story.
I read this story with my six-year-old daughter who loves animals; she thought the sheep and the elephant were a funny pair. She was wondering why the elephant lived where he did. The wording in the book is easy to read and in a poetic style. We both liked the illustrations. They are colorful and cute. I really liked the message that Furstenberg put into this story. It is one that children need to learn at an early age. Overall, my child and I enjoyed this book. My child was curious about the other animal books that Furstenberg has written. So, we plan on reading the others together soon. I recommend this book for anyone with young children."
"Recommend to ALL. 5 Stars!" (Mrs Rohidas, Reviewer)
Family Fiction with good morals, traditional values, and happy endings.
"Reading this book brought back sweet childhood memories of times my mother would tell me and my brother bedtime stories of when she was a young girl" Amazon Best Seller & Most Gifted book
You will love the moving tale of Joyful Trouble, a dog whose love for humans went beyond any human-dog connection.When a Great Dane arrives in a Navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way.
INCLUDED: *Delicious Vetkoek Recipe!
A charming portrait of the bond between a small girl and boy and their beloved Grandad. This book takes readers on an unbelievable journey, tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right."Joyful Trouble is a must read for all ages."(Nada Sobhi, Poet)"A story that reads like a movie."
"It is Parade Day, a very special day to remember a very special Royal Navy South Atlantic Ordinary Seaman. The parade was in honor and in memory of Joyful Trouble, a kind dog and an Ordinary Seaman, a Great Dane with a purpose. Ana and her younger brother, Tommy, are excited about the parade, but more than anything they want to hear the story about Joyful Trouble because their grandfather, a great storyteller, had once been an Ordinary Seaman, and it had been his responsibility to look after and look out for this Great Dane. The dog had an affection towards men of the sea and had caught the Navy’s and the town’s attention on more than one occasion due to his wanderings and traveling the train along with the seamen. Patricia Furstenberg’s young people’s short chapter book, Joyful Trouble, is an amusing and fascinating fable, a story telling the life of one Great Dane in his role as an Ordinary Seaman in the Second World War. The story unravels as the grandfather tells the story to his young grandchildren. It sparkles with good, old fashioned family time and family storytelling, treasured childhood moments that sadly get lost too often in this fast-paced world. The young reader will quickly warm up to the young children in the story as they learn about a very special Great Dane as well as a vital part of their grandfather’s past. This is a compassionate and heart-warming story" 5STARS - Reviewed by Reader's Favorite
"When I started this book, I was ready to cry to my heart’s content, considering this book was based on a dog. I came across a sweet, humorous and fun read. This book is based on a true story of Able Seaman “Just Nuisance”, the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. He served with HMS Afrikander, a Royal Navy naval base in Simon’s Town, South Africa, during the WWII.Patricia has written a beautiful and oh so refreshing tale of friendship, loyalty, and love.In the book, the story of “Joyful Trouble”, a mischievous but a very friendly and helpful Great Dane is narrated by a granddad to his 2 grandchildren.Trouble was a friend of the entire Simon’s town, especially the seamen. So much so that, he followed them everywhere, and even helped them. He was a quick-witted and (unintentionally!!!) funny dog.
Chapter book with Christian values.
Pete is an ordinary elephant with an EXTRA-ordinary gift. But he is alone in a forest where he suddenly found himself, one rainy afternoon. But Pete can always find the best in each situation. This is why he befriends Murphy the lizard, since they both enjoy finding familiar shapes in the clouds. None of them is bothered by the difference in size or by how diverse their species are. On the contrary, they discover how similar they actually are.
Friendship regardless differences. Friendship in diversity
A heartwarming read.
This story will teach your child that something magical can happen when you try to see the best in every situation. You make new friends… and discover that clouds do taste like ice-cream!
This is Book 1 in Happy Friends Series and where it all begins.
Book 2 in Happy Friends Series: Little Tail and the Snow
“Pete, the yellow toy elephant and his friend Murphy the Lizard are the two main characters in this book that young readers (and those having the pleasure to read the story to their children) will be delighted to meet. The text immediately grabs the reader's attention and flows effortlessly from one imagery to another, interspersed with adorable illustrations and a simple philosophy: there is beauty in our world that anyone can appreciate or that can be shared and enjoyed in the company of a good friend. I will make sure to recommend the book to other parents. “(Amazon Review)
“This book really shines when you read it to a child. There are plenty of sound effects and colourful descriptions to keep a child's attention. “(Amazon Review)
“This is a great book for children over a wide age range.
I particularly liked the way the author used her imagination to remind us of the important things in life, like jumping on crunchy autumn leaves and running through long grass.
This would make a great book for children starting out on chapter books.
The lesson of how important friendships are is invaluable and will be appreciated by parents and children alike.” (Amazon Review)