It’s a sunny, hot morning here in Finland. So what better way to start it than spinning the roulette and giving you, or in this case, to your kids something great to read!
Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children’s books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and four dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasies entitled “Gerald and the Wee People” and “House on Bo-Kay Lane”, and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP – “Heartaches and Miracles”.
For more information on Greta’s books visit http://booksbygretaburroughs.weebly.com/
The next morning dawned bright and beautiful but the mood in the village did not match the weather. Shock and bewilderment hung like a dark cloud over the village. Word had spread of the events of the night before. Most of the residents felt that the strangers had proven themselves trustworthy by their heroic actions during the attack and could not understand why Sean had done what he had done.
The remaining four elders had breakfast in the council house with Gerald and Vernon. The boys ate heartily; they had expended a lot of energy the night before. None of the elders had much appetite and just picked at their food. They were dreading the meeting that was scheduled for later on that morning.
Vernon spoke up hoping to cheer up the rest of the group gathered around the table. “The misshapen ones sure didn’t like their bath last night.” When that solicited no response from the elders, he kicked Gerald under the table.
It took a few seconds for Gerald to understand why Vernon kicked him. When he realized what his friend wanted, he chimed in, “Speaking of baths, you could sure use one, Vernon. You smell like you haven’t washed in a month.”
“Well you’re no sweet smelling rose yourself,” retorted Vernon. “Where’s the nearest lake? I’ll personally throw you in. Oh, that’s right you never learned how to swim. I’ve always been meaning to teach you, maybe now is the time.
“Dora, where is the nearest large body of water we can use to wash in?” asked Vernon.
“Wouldn’t it be easier to use a bathtub?” replied Dora.
“Yeah, but not as much fun. I wouldn’t be able to watch Gerald floundering around trying to keep his head above water in a bathtub.”
This verbal exchange brought smiles to the faces of the elders, but the smiles quickly disappeared when Lir came in and announced that all was in readiness for the council meeting.
Everyone stood at the same time and slowly walked through the door and headed to the center of the village where all the residents were gathered awaiting them.
Book Links for Wee People
(US Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JKMT0Q
(UK Amazon) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004JKMT0Q
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