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Tales From The Glades Of Ballymore by [Brooks, Bob]
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Length: 332 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 10

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"Nobody Writes Like This Any More....  Brooks' gentle, easy-going tale in which there are no magic spells, no loud kabooms nor distinctly cliff-hanging conflict but only the quaint and the twee and the innocent and the simple, is a rarity. It stands out with its gentility. It is one I will read again." - Mister Fweem's Blog

"I can't think of any child who would not love this book.....The ducks are so cute delivering wanted items to the residents of Ballymore by raft. I had to laugh where it states that when the items requested were needed right away, the ducks delivered by air-mail." - The Kindle Book Review

"Tales From The Glades Of Ballymore by Bob Brooks is a joyous, heart-warming, completely lovable e-book....  It's an entirely engaging read and Brooks' powers of description mixed with whimsy are extraordinary." - Media Darlings

"Very, very good....  This book reminds me of some childhood favorites of my own, like Frog and Toad and the Wind in the Willows. I love when a story is based around a lesson but does not come off sounding overly preachy." - Ionia Martin, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

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From the Author

Dear Reader,

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write a children's book. As with most of us, I never had enough time. When I retired from my engineering career, that excuse evaporated.

2012 was the right time, and Tales From The Glades Of Ballymore became a reality as an eBook.

Tales From The Glades Of Ballymore is a family-friendly book. Although the animals have many adventures, there is no violence. It is heart-warming and humorous. The beautiful illustrations by Karen Ohlinger help bring it to life. The underlying theme of the book is The 'Golden Rule'. There aren't many books like this one written today.

I released my second book at the end of 2012. This one, Ballymore Adventures, Book 1, also features the animals of Ballymore. Although, it is a story-book written for younger children.

I recently completed a fantasy short-story for adults, "Tuatha De Danaan". Set in Western Ireland in the late 1800s, it is a story of a fateful night of interaction between a villager and the Otherworld.

I am now working on a followup to Tales From The Glades Of Ballymore from my home in the Netherlands.

Cooking has also become a serious hobby of mine, and when I'm not writing, I can frequently be found in the kitchen.

I appreciate your interest and hope you choose to read one of my books. I hope it brings some joy to your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Bob Brooks

Product Details

  • File Size: 1624 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075ODYXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I just loved this book written for children, based on The Golden Rule. With my love of animals, this was a perfect read for me. I like how the unofficial and beloved councilor of Ballymore , Bartholomew Owl, always seems to remind the others of what is right and what is wrong. The nice part about this is that they listen to him. This will be very easy for children to grasp and with the beautiful illustrations, the children will be delighted.

The ducks are so cute delivering wanted items to the residents of Ballymore by raft. I had to laugh where it states that when the items requested were needed right away, the ducks delivered by air-mail.

I could just picture the weasels, Wilde and Wilder, the unofficial security guards of Ballymore, carrying their sturdy cloth bags, dressed in their green splotched tan military style outfits and black boots. I could also picture the squirrels in their walking boots, needed for long hikes in the spring.

The search for a gift held my attention. The adventures many of the animals go on to find the puzzle pieces in order to acquire the gift, all have underlying messages. These messages, as I said above, will be easily understood.

With adult sayings such as, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar", the children will easily grasp the meanings.

I can't think of any child who would not love this book. It gently teaches fairness, kindness and the value of working together as a community.

Rebecca Scarberry with The Kindle Book Review
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In the tradition of Wind In The Willows, comes a new family classic -- Tales From The Glades Of Ballymore. The setting for the book is the countryside of woods and fields surrounding a large pond somewhere in the British Isles. The year is 1891. The animal residents have the ability to speak and have created a self-sustaining community that has existed for many years. The success of the community is rooted in the caring and sharing they extend to each other.

You are most welcome to join them as they help each other through their adventures -- big and small.

There is Bartholomew, the wise old owl, who watches over everyone including:

Branna Bluebird - the brave, spunky messenger;

Wilde and Wilder Weasel - the mischievous, unofficial security guards;

Finn Frog - whose middle name is "Adventure";

Grenby - the eccentric, weather forecasting ground hog;

The Chipmunks - who seem to attract trouble wherever they go;

The "Pond Creature";

and many more.

This is a heartwarming, humorous, and adventurous book of intertwined tales with an underlying theme of "The Golden Rule". The book is intended for 8-12 year olds but can be appreciated by anyone - young or old. The tales are further enhanced by the beautiful full-color illustrations.

A print version of the book would be over 300 pages. The introductory price is only $.99.

As a child, I was a geek. Big Deidre Barlow glasses, shy, head always stuck in a book or writing little stories. I immersed myself in Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Hans Christian Anderson, old books of my grandparents, anything remotely different.
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Although I usually am not a huge fan of books or movies about anthropomorphic animals, I really have to say I enjoyed this one. What made this book so special in my opinion was the smaller messages you can find in the text. The owl did not want to hurt the tree he was sitting in, so he was gentle with his talons. How sweet can this book possibly be. This book reminds me of some childhood favorites of my own, like Frog and Toad and the Wind in the Willows. I love when a story is based around a lesson but does not come off sounding overly preachy. The only thing I thought might have made this book slightly more engaging for a young child is if there were a few more pictures. Otherwise, I loved this book and look forward to reading it to my children.
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This enchanting work, currently available only as an e-book, takes readers on a pleasant excursion of simpler times. Set in rural Ireland in 1891, "Tales From the Glades of Ballymore" focuses on the intertwined lives of various woodland creatures--not all of which are native to the area, as the author mentions in the preface--whose proper names begin with the first letter of their species name, such as Branna Bluebird. The story is reminiscent of "The Wind in the Willows," and although all of the main characters have the ability to speak, not all of the animals mentioned in the book do, a motif common to this genre. Created with a bedtime story format and thus occasional direct addresses from the narrator, each chapter is divided into several parts for easier reading, and there is a helpful character list both at the beginning and end of the book as well as appealing illustrations throughout.

The animals of Ballymore work and play together, exemplifying the Golden Rule, which forms the philosophical backbone of the volume. From building a water pump delivery system to encountering the mysterious pond creature, the characters are certain to provide delight in their overall simplicity and humble lifestyle. However, the focal point of the plot lies in the discovery of a letter written by Cyrus Owl in 1801, which informs the residents that a gift awaits them if they follow a series of instructions. They must collaborate to collect pieces of the puzzle from several different locations, tasks which may be dangerous but which will prove ultimately rewarding if they persevere.

Although this is a charming and essentially peaceful work of fiction for both children and adults alike, older readers will likely discover some discrepancies.
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