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Barney the Farm Dog is a true story about a Saint Bernard. Read about this dog’s life on the Brewer farm with Farmer Vic. Barney’s funny antics and protective nature are heartwarming and humorous. All the illustrations are true pictures of life on the farm.
Mary Lynn Swiderski has worked with children for twenty-five years as a 4-H educator and health and nutrition educator with Michigan State University Extension. She retired in June, 2014. She has degrees in journalism and family life education. She has always loved creative writing, poetry, books, and music. This is her first children’s book as told to her by her husband, Victor, prior to his death. She was born, raised, and continues to live in Saint Ignace, a small, quaint city located just north of the historic Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Victor Swiderski was born and grew up in Detroit then moved to Brewer Farms in Leonard, MI after high school. His degrees were in Physiology and Animal Husbandry. Later he moved to Alpena and began Gamble’s hardware store, which later became a John Deere dealership. He sold the business to his partner in 2000. Victor married Mary Lynn in 2002 and moved to St. Ignace, MI. There he ran a successful antique business until his death in 2014.$11.00–$19.99 Select options
The human and non-human races do not mix; to be a half-breed is to be a pariah. This truth rules the life of a young half-elf boy named Freeborn. His sole friend is Tishamon, an elven woodsman, who frequently visits the boy. Tishamon adopts Freeborn, taking the boy along on his life of wandering, working and learning.
When Tishamon becomes lamed, he settles in the Fire Hills and sends Freeborn to the local academy. The Fire Elves’ obsession with family lineage, and Freeborn’s contempt for the same, ends in violence, starting Freeborn on the trail to ever greater adventure.
Steven Calkum was born in 1967 and grew up on a small ranch in East Central Colorado. He earned BS and MS degrees, and worked, in natural resources for 13 years before becoming disabled in 2011.
A voracious reader, he created his own style by rewriting drafts until he would want to read his own work.
He remarried in 2016 and plans to be a househusband and work toward a career as a writer/storyteller in addition to raising more children.
He currently lives in Wyoming with the youngest of his children from his first marriage.$29.63 Select options
An inquisitive, young porcupine gains valuable insights about trees when he visits his friend’s forest home. The fun-filled day of exploration with these two adorable characters, creatively introduces scientific concepts about plants and plant growth. This narrative nonfiction is informative and engaging.
Patti Gill has dedicated her career to literacy instruction. Her passion to promote equity in education was the inspiration for this book. You can learn more about her at: www.personalizedlessonplans.org$9.99–$20.99 Select options