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Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California: Short Stories & Poems

Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California: Short Stories & Poems

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Overview

"A bit of everything: adventure, melancholy, joy...common sense and pathos.... Simple language and homespun charm." - Barbara Mojica, writer.

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 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 Australian Shepherd saved him from a mad boar. Wilcox's love of animals, music, and the great outdoors flows in his nature-themed tales (for ages 9 and up, fourth grade - twelfth grade). They convey courage, devotion, and perseverance with warmth and sincerity. See/listen to Wilcox's International Book Award winning western: To Swallow the Earth.

Get this 42-page, YA/tween/middle grade fiction/nonfiction book about horses and pups (5.25" x 8" soft cover story book and ebook). Diverse characters, some images, approx. 8,000 words edited by best-selling author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (Samuel Sailing-read all of Beckstrand's 60+ multicultural books), available via Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights Sept. 2013) PremioBooks, libraries, and all major distributors. JNF002000, NAT001000, NAT016000, BIO023000, PET004000, library of Congress catalog number: 2013913405, ISBN: 978-0615856162, e-book ISBN: 978-1301904747


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615856162
Publisher: Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/24/2013
Series: True Pet Stories for Kids , #2
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

Ransom Wilcox was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada, in 1907. Because he was sickly, it was suggested that the family move to California. They bought land in Vina, north of Chico, but financial hardship forced them to move in search of work. They farmed, tended livestock, and did a lot of hunting and fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Once, to escape a charging boar, Wilcox stuck a pole he was carrying in the ground and climbed up!
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.

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