Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California:
Short Stories & Poems
“Great stories! A really enjoyable … read. It should keep many young readers interested while giving them a glimpse of some of what their great-grandparents may have experienced.” - Wayne Brandolino
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 animals, and sometimes got by via hunting and fishing. 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! Wilcox’s love of animals, music, and the great outdoors is evident in his nature-themed stories (for young and old ages 8 & up). They convey courage, devotion, and perseverance with warmth and sincerity.
Ebooks include: Sounds, Crumbs, Worms, Bananas, Juan, Arriba Up, Horse & Dog. Ships in 3-10 days, more for international
Clean book about horses/book about dogs and family by Ransom Wilcox, edited by Karl Beckstrand, 2013. 42-page, perfect-bound, 5.25" x 8" soft cover book, approx. 8000 words, Northern California and Bay Area geography includes Sacramento, Vacaville, Pope Valley, Gridley, Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Sebastopol, Oakland, Vina, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Hayward, Fort Bragg, Mendecino; ISBN: 978-0615856162 (ebook ISBN: 978-1301904747, Library of Congress catalog number: 2013913405, NAT001000, NAT016000, BIO023000, PET004000
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"Wilcox is a gifted writer. He has the ability to draw you into his story with a combination of simple language and homespun charm. The stories have a bit of everything, adventure, melancholy, joy. … There is a touching scene with the family dog named Old Blue. Local dialect makes it an authentic read … written with both common sense and pathos. … Teachers might want to consider using the book as part of a study unit on American life in the early twentieth century. I find it difficult to explain why I like this book so much, but I recommend that you give it a try." - Barbara Ann Mojica, blogger
“Absolutely fascinating” – Susan Beckstrand, librarian"The heart of these stories gives a snapshot of the ‘strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands’ (Josiah Holland God, Give us Men!) in … the early twentieth century. These stories are inspiring. I loved the do-it-yourself attitude when things went wrong, and the wonderful descriptions that help you see the vistas and mechanics … of the time.” - Heather Lowry
“[A] wonderful experience. … The poems and essays opened up corners of … wisdom that had been packed away for a long time. I feel better for reading this book. … [B]ring these stories to life with … children who lack the rural background” – Eileen Lentz, educator