Authors: Bob Brooks,Karen Ross Ohlinger
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THE GLADES OF BALLYMORE
by Bob Brooks
Karen Ross Ohlinger
Copyright © 2012 by Robert N. Brooks
All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the US Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without prior written permission of the author, Robert N. Brooks.
First eBook Edition: January 2012
The characters, events and locations portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.
I wish to thank Selma Boot and Karen Ohlinger for their editing comments.
This book is dedicated to
Charlotte V. Brooks
Who passed away on Memorial Day, 2007
She, also, was an avid lover of nature and animals
In this book my goal was to use vocabulary appropriate for 8-11 year olds. Also, the book is based upon the moral and religious concept of The Golden Rule. If you are reading the book to younger children, you may choose to explain some words or thoughts to them.
One of the purposes of this book is to present another opportunity for you to interact with your children on a meaningful level. I have included a brief Reader’s Guide at the end. You may find it useful in discussing the book.
Another purpose of the book is to reintroduce the magic of childhood to those willing to open their hearts and minds.
January 31, 2012
The Reader’s Guide is intended to stimulate thinking about what has been read. It appears at the end of the book and contains a brief list of questions for each chapter.
Also, parents and teachers may choose to use the Reader’s Guide to discuss the book with children.
Of course, it can be ignored entirely.
January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.
February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.
March brings breezes sharp and shrill,
Shakes the dancing daffodil.
April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.
May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy dams.
June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.
August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.
Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.
Brown October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.
Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves go whirling past.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire and Christmas treat.
Sara Coleridge (1802-1852)