My best and oldest mate, Ted Bear Esq. stars in the third e-book of my 'Small Folk Tales' series. It all began modestly with photos of him for his story on Squidoo - 'A Little Known Aussie, Ted Bear Esq.', but was this enough for this furry prima donna? No... he beat his hairy chest, then demanded a full exposure of all his friends. He agreed to one photo only of the Knitty Gritty Kids, growling this was his “moment in the sun”. And then, he demanded expanded stories about his mates and his special friendships with them all. Sometimes it seems a Mother's work is never done!
Because this book is actually a photo album with longish captions and a collection of teddy bear quotes, I have included my Dedication, one photo, and a couple of the captions. I hope, when you see all the pics you will feel this suffices in lieu of a chapter.
Dedicated to Ted Bears everywhere
– may you be loved and treasured all the days of your life.
And always remember these wonderful words –
'In a world gone bad, a bear – even a bear standing on its head –
is a comforting, uncomplicated, dependable hunk of sanity.' - Pam Brown, b.1928
The Knitty Gritty Kids love to hear stories from my life… or tall tales I invent. They don't care… the Knitty Gritty kids just snuggle in and cry out…
"More", and "Don't stop. We want another."
THEY know the truth of the saying –
'A bear teaches us that if the heart is true,
it doesn't much matter if an ear drops off.' - Helen Exley, b.1943
Captain Chas comes from Tas. (or Tasmania).
Sometimes I put on my riverboat hat, and we talk 'pirate' and sing sea shanties (songs).
One of our favourites is –
'Come all ye young fellows that follows the sea
To me, way hey, blow the man down'
but our most special favourite is –
'In South Australia I was born
Heave away, haul away'
Excerpted from "Ted Bear Esq. - his photo album (Small Folk Tales 3) [Kindle Edition]" by Christine Larsen. Copyright © 2013 by Christine Larsen. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Christine is - a wife, mother, grandmother, and writer. In a past life she has been – a Secretary, Lifeline telephone counsellor, Community Careworker – and a farmer throughout each of these. Today Christine is a born-again writer after countless rejections of her children’s stories over three decades ago. Between financially stretched times and 'busyness' raising kids, milking cows and farming, no space was left to believe in herself as a wordsmith. Her works were tucked away on a back shelf to gather much dust, until a series of unexpected events coincided with her ‘empty nest’ syndrome. At first Christine embraced a variety of crafting pursuits – and then gathered her courage and had another ‘go’ at writing. Success came with recognition and acceptance by Squidoo and Ezine Articles. Both platforms considered her words also worthy of praise and awards – reinvigorating her developing positive feelings sufficiently to embark upon an e-book self-publishing learning curve with Amazon’s Kindle. At last, Christine is celebrating the wonderful and unimagined results of her most passionate dreams and beliefs – like the power of words to teach small minds to never ever stop enquiring and learning about this vast and beautiful world of ours. If her words can influence and lead small folk to fully embrace this basic principle, Christine believes a greater degree of understanding, appreciation, tolerance and acceptance will be born and grow within each small heart. She is SO proud to be a small part of this.
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