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Three Letters from Teddy and Other Stories Paperback – August 1, 2000
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Three Letters From Teddy is a very satisfying collection of short stories. Elizabeth Silance Ballard consistently displays just the right touch of empathy whether she writes a warm and fuzzy story or one that deals with deepest despair. This collection can be read solely as entertainment, but it is worthy of so much more. This book could easily be classified as an excellent teaching aid. Each account has strong moral principles and reminders that one never knows for sure just who your words and actions are going to affect. Ballard has not been afraid to tackle such tough issues as child beating, incest, and suicide. She points out that people who do not fit in may not be socially challenged; they just might be struggling with problems too big for them to handle. The author handles all of this with straight-forwardness, compassion and without sermonizing. Three Letters From Teddy is an excellent example of how the human spirit triumphs over obstacles, and how one caring person can make the difference between success and failure. --Judy Jacobs, Editor and Critic, St. Joseph, MO
About the Author
Elizabeth Silance Ballard's short stories and articles have been published since 1975 in many magazines and anthologies.
Her story, "Three Letters from Teddy," has been included in the course packs of several universities in the schools of education and was selected by Marian Wright Edelman for inclusion in the 1994 Annual Report of the Children's Defense Fund. Congressman Dan Burton also obtained rights to distribute the piece to educators in his state.
Ms Ballard is a wife, mother, and grandmother of three, and a full-time worker with the Department of Social Services. She has B.S. in Human Services Counseling and has done extensive graduate work in that field. She enjoys traveling at home and abroad and is an avid reader as well as a freelance writer.
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If you haven't read the real(or first version) story about Teddy, you will still like the story because you won't know what you have missed. The other stories were very nice too.
Ms. Ballard has the ability to grab the reader from the very start and you'll find yourself trying to finish this book in one sitting! There are many stories in this little book, all so very human and often inspiring. I bought this book as gifts for friends and relatives, and I believe you will want to do the same. Ms. Ballard delves into the lessons of life and reminds us we are all human and will always have our own lessons to learn.