(Short stories, survival) "Simple language and homespun charm. ... A bit of everything: adventure, melancholy, joy ... common sense and pathos." - Barbara Monjica. Ransom "Doc" Wilcox's adventures began in Taber, Alberta, Canada in 1907, but he was soon whisked to the back country of Northern California where his family farmed, tended livestock, and sometimes got by via hunting and fishing-always with the horses and dogs. Once, when the hunter became the prey-of a charging wild boar-Wilcox stuck a pole he was carrying into the ground and climbed up! Another time his dog saved him from a mad boar. Wilcox's love of animals, music, and the great outdoors is evident in his nature-themed stories (for ages 9 and up. See Wilcox's International Award winning western thriller: To Swallow the Earth). They convey courage, devotion, and perseverance with warmth and sincerity. 42-page, perfect-bound tween book, 5.25" x 8" soft cover story book (and ebook) about horses, diverse characters, some images, approx. 8,000 words, edited by Karl Beckstrand (Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story), available via Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual series] worldwide rights Sept. 2013) Premiobooks.com, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Poetry, Follett, Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble/Nook, iTunes, and select retailers. NAT001000, NAT016000, BIO023000, PET004000, Library of Congress catalog number: 2013913405, ISBN: 978-0615856162, ebook ISBN: 978-1301904747
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About the Author
One season the family lived in a tent while the men worked cutting hay. Another year, Wilcox joined his father and brothers in Arizona, building a school on an American Indian reservation. Many elements of Wilcox's stories come from his early experiences.
In 1943 he enlisted in the army. After the war, the Great Depression, and a divorce, Wilcox finished his schooling and opened a chiropractic practice off Union Square in San Francisco. Wilcox's friends called him Ray (for R.A.) or Doc. Besides writing, Wilcox loved to walk in the great outdoors. Near the end of his life, he joked about leaving his body to science; "I'm sure they can use my brain. It's in perfect condition-never been used." His suspense novel, "To Swallow the Earth," is available in paperback and ebook versions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This kindle book was promoted as a free e book. For some reason, I was drawn to it, and I am very glad that I picked it up. The book is largely autobiographical. It tells the story of Ransom A. Wilcox who was born a Canadian, the sixth of seventh children. Because he was a sickly child, the family relocated to northern California where they farmed, fished, hunted and struggled to make a living. Wilcox is a gifted writer. He has the ability to draw you into his story with a combination of simple language and homespun charm. The stories have a bit of everything, adventure, melancholy, joy and a sense of pride. The book consists of short stories and poems. They cover such scenes as Ransom’s hard work being rewarded with his very own horse, and his dramatic escape from a wild boar by climbing a pole that he cleverly stuck in the ground. There is a touching scene with the family dog named Old Blue. Many of his poems are included. The subjects range from those dealing with family like “To A Granddaughter” and “My Little Girl”, a group that talks about nature like “To The Redwoods!” and “Quiet Waters,” and some that talk about personal issues like “Character,” “Friendship,” and “Immortality.” These are not complicated verses; they are written with both common sense and pathos. The editor says that the work is for all ages. I think that children age ten and up would be able to handle independent reading. Local dialect make it an authentic read. The few black and white photographs included of family and surroundings fit perfectly with the mood of the story. It is classified as a multicultural book by the publisher, Premio Books. Teachers might want to consider using the book as part of a study unit on American life in the early twentieth century. The kindle as well as a paperback version is available on Amazon. I find it difficult to explain why I like this book so much, but I recommend that you give it a try.
The heart of these stories gives a snapshot of the “strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands” (Josiah Holland “God, Give us Men!”) in the life of Ransom Wilcox in the early twentieth century. These stories are inspiring. I loved the do-it-yourself attitude when things went wrong and the wonderful descriptions that help you see the vistas and mechanics of the work-a-day world of the time.