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The Sun Zebra by [Garcia, R.]
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Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006AC5FCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 are told by her father. Perhaps this does not sound very intriguing, but don’t be fooled. Mr. Garcia writes with heart and humour, drawing the reader in as he cleverly tells his tale in an entertaining way, giving the reader the feeling of being there.

Five stories. Five adventures:

The Sun Zebra – after which the book was named;
Bob the Intrepid Insectnaut!;
Raven-Lenore;
The Meaningless Christmas Tree;
Birdman and the Fairy Tale

The preface begins, “This book is best described as a children’s book for grownups.” – and that’s a great way to begin. Each story inspires the reader to look at the seemingly insignificant things in life a little differently, and challenges one to see through the innocent eyes and understanding of a curious and thoughtful young child. As a delightful and easy read The Sun Zebra is enjoyable, interesting, funny, thought-provoking.

R. Garcia also writes under the pen name of Phantomimic. He has a following on Scribd.com where he shares his work, and which encouraged him to write a book. The Sun Zebra is the result of that decision. It is well worth his effort and a pleasure to read.
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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! For children, short stories to fire their imagination and take flight. Personally, I enjoyed reading this as an adult and appreciated the reminder(s) that life can be as complicated as you make it or as simple as a child views it.
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Children are amazing to be around and it's equally amazing to see the world through their eyes. R. Garcia did a wonderful job of showing us that. My only regret - the book could have gone on longer, more chapters, more of the same. I loved it!
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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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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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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. I was needing a really good read and this didn't fit the bill.
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The Sun Zebra is an utterly delightful set of "children's stories" that are really for adults. In this charming collection, the writer, known as Phantomimic to his many fans at the document sharing site, Scribd, tells a series of stories about encounters with his daughter when she was a little girl. Nell, as she is called in this volume, is precocious, serious, funny, and very sensitive to the world around her. She experiences death, witnesses unusual life (in the horse stall of the first story) and learns the true meaning of her Christmas tree. But the stories are not simple. Rather, they are well crafted and almost cunning in the way that Phantomimic slips in the moral behind each story. In "Raven-Lenore", perhaps my favorite, he draws on Poe's famous poem while narrating a story about life, death and the old oak tree out front. I read this volume out loud to my husband and he fell in love with the smooth writing, gentle good humor, and dexterous use of the English language. We should all be able to make writing appear so easy and fun. Phantomimic simply possesses a unique talent. And I look forward to more. Buy this book and you too will feel the sun shine on you in a new and different way. I promise.
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