- 60 pages
- Standard Color
- 8.5 x 8.5 inches
- Early Childhood (under 7 yrs old)
- eBook (epub, pdf)
- 978-1-5255-2461-5 eBook
- 978-1-5255-2460-8 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-2459-2 Hardcover
children’s verse, forest animal poem, bear and porcupine, foxes versus dogs, animals cooperate, learning of animals, working together
Robert Loeffler Frank
Told in fun rhyming verse and detailed with beautiful illustrations, Our Forest delves into the lives of four woodland friends as they work together to overcome problems they encounter. There's the unlikely duo of Clarence the Bear and Porky the Porcupine, tackling the challenge of obtaining salt and honey. Reynold and Gerald, a cunning pair of foxes who can barely be told apart, devise a scheme to overcome the pack of hunting dogs that are after them. The stories of these four friends are a treat to read aloud as they demonstrate the importance of cooperation and friendship.
"Writing complicated stories in rhyme is very difficult. Robert Loeffler Frank's rhymes are fluid and organic, never sacrificing the narrative flow or logic for the sake of sticking to a pre-conceived rhyming scheme. Instead, his stories and descriptions seem to flow organically within the framework of the rhyme, and are just as readable (if not more so) as a story told in straight prose. He manages to make what are actually fairly complicated rhymes seem simple, and has a wonderful instinct for knowing where line breaks should be, and how narrative poetry needs to work, on a fundamental level. It seems to beg to be read aloud, and I admit to giving in to that urging, simply for pleasure's sake. This is an incredibly rare thing."
–Janet Layberry, Editor
Nancy B. Frank is the daughter of Robert Loeffler Frank, the author of Our Forest. Only recently did she find her father’s children’s stories written in poem form hidden away in a folder in a filing cabinet. It was a precious find as she hadn’t realized the stories, vivid in her memory, had actually been transcribed. It is with great pride that she can honor her father by publishing his tales.
Nancy B. Frank is an artist/painter living in Telluride Colorado with 3 cats, 2 horses and a chocolate lab named “Loeffler”. She has also published Up Close and Personal; a photo book of her equine paintings. She can be contacted through her website www.nancybfrank.com
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