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

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


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(Nature, animals) "Simple language and homespun charm...A bit of everything: adventure, melancholy, joy...common sense and pathos" - Barbara Mojica. 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 Australian Shepherd 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). They convey courage, devotion, and perseverance with warmth and sincerity. See Wilcox's International Award winning western thriller: To Swallow the Earth. 42-page, YA/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 (Anna's Prayer-for 60 multicultural books, click Karl Beckstrand above), available via Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (worldwide rights Sept. 2013) PremioBooks, Baker & Taylor, B&N, Brodart, Follett, Herzberg/Perma-bound, Ingram, Biblio/EBSCO/iBook/Kindle/Kobo/Mackin/Smash/SCRIBD, libraries, Target and Walmart online. NAT001000, NAT016000, BIO023000, PET004000, Library of Congress catalog number: 2013913405, ISBN: 978-0615856162, e-book ISBN: 978-1301904747

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615856162
Publisher: Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/24/2013
Series: Pet Picture Books
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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