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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
A collection of essays and blogs centered around a baby boomer’s perspective on aging and the environment.
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Greg Gnesios has been exploring the American Southwest for nearly fifty years. For 30 years he was a ranger/naturalist with the National Park Service in places such as Pinnacles National Park and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California; Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, and Canyonlands National Park in Utah. In 1999, he joined the Bureau of Land Management where he managed Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas before moving to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2001 as the first manager of the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area.
He has since served as Chairman of the Board for the Colorado National Monument Association and as Byway Coordinator for the Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway. During the summer season, he leads tours throughout the west for various travel organizations. His award-winning photography and writing has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, museum exhibits, calendars and books. When he isn’t hiking or conducting trips, he sells rare books online, watches movies, and writes a blog about his adventures.
He resides in Grand Junction, Colorado.$12.32 Select options
What could be worse than facing a gang of criminals blocking the only way down the road?
In Trouble in a Green Pickup by Charlie McCarty, the author exposes the practices people working for the Forest Service resort to as a way to fulfill their supposed mandate of protecting the nation’s resources and wildlife. He paints the way officials of the agency behave like dictators, shoving rules and programs down people’s throats without effective consultation, while wasting taxpayers money on ill-advised fire prevention operations.
Picture this: Has anyone thought that wild forest fires would be a cause for parties as well as betting card games while the fire is raging and threatening to consume lives and properties along its path?
In a book that is destined to ignite fires beyond the bushes of Tularosa Creek, Charlie explains why the sight of a green pickup assigned to Forest Service officials deserves more fear than the sight of a gang of criminals blocking one’s way down the road.
About the Author
Charlie McCarty was born in western New Mexico on February 4, 1940. He lives in Reserve, New Mexico, where he earns a living as a rancher, carpenter, and a hardware store owner. He has been married for forty-nine years and has three children and nine grandchildren.$2.99–$36.95 Select options