This illustrated children's rhyming book is an endearing fantasy. Monsters are terrorizing the inhabitants of the world and it is up to the night creatures, raccoon, cat, skunk, bat, owl and spider, to save their friends. Perhaps many modern traditions for celebrating Halloween are a result of the actions of this Gallant Platoon of creatures.
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About the Author
Keith S. Pennington (Hence Kaspee for KSP) was formerly a successful research scientist and a Senior Research Manager at a major computer corporation. He and his wife Theresa have three married children, who loved to be read to when they were very young. Presently, Keith and Theresa are blessed with five grandchildren and they have learned to sign out dozens of books from the local library prior to a visit by any of these grandchildren. It was these enjoyable experiences, while reading to two generations of children, that resulted in the birth of Kaspee and the production of several rhyming stories, of which this is the first to be published.
"Why did I choose rhyming stories? Well it seemed to me that, very young, children are instinctively attracted to rhyme and that rhyme servers as an excellent tool for the development of language skills and memory in the very young. Also, combining rhyming with stories that contain several characters involved in a relatively wide range of actions can be used to support illustrations that challenge the youngsters to visually identify and relate the actions and characters described in the text. This often results in both a sense of wonder and fun for the child."
Keith and his wife have lived in Sunriver Oregon since 1997 where the weather and recreational opportunities has resulted in fairly regular visits by their married children each accompanied by the grandchildren. This constant flow of grandchildren has naturally resulted in an ongoing demand for periods of story telling.
The Taming of the Halloween Monsters is Keith's first attempt to publish a children's story, although he has written several others aswell as a number of adult poems during his retirement. Under constant encouragement from his family he intends to publish most of these in the near future.
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The Taming of the Halloween Monster
The Saga of the Gallant Platoon
By Kaspee, Mary Toia McCarthy
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2013 Kaspee
All rights reserved.
This is a story of long long ago, When monsters ruled all the world, above and below. The monsters were called the Halloween, They ruled the mountains the seas and all in between. They terrorized all creatures and used people as slaves, They even hunted little children and locked them in very dark caves.
Each Halloween monster was at least ten feet tall, They could uproot trees and knock down any stone wall. Their teeth were sharp, at least three inches long, And they had razor sharp scales on their big purple tongues.
Their big heads were covered in long green hair. They had black tufts of hair on their chests, but their stomachs were bare. On each foot they had just two very big toes, And they had three nostrils in their big flat nose.
One day in the autumn of the Halloween's Fifteenth year of terror, They made what proved to be a very grave error. On this day they captured Resi Thom, Who was a friend to all creatures in the kingdom. They plundered her village in a frightful rage, Then locked Resi and her friends in DEVIL'S MOUNTAIN CAVE.
When the animals discovered that Resi was gone, They were sad and angry so they planned a rescue mission. They planned and they planned, but saw they had no chance in a fight. Then Throgmorton the Raccoon suggested they plan for a rescue mission by night.
All of the creatures that were gathered around Saw how brilliant was this idea, in fact so very, very sound. They saw that the Halloween's strength, size and rage Could be used at night for their advantage.
So for this dangerous mission They formed a night creature platoon, Of creatures that could see in the dark And by the light of the moon. Then Eyebright the Owl and Sounder the Bat Volunteered to blaze the trail ahead of Archie the Cat.
Spindle the Spider would ride on Throgmorton's left ear, While Mace the Skunk would bring up the rear. Then, just before the platoon was about to start out, Throgmorton the Raccoon Filled up a very large pouch.
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