Item description for Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster by Jeff Jackson Kathy Luders...
Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster takes readers on a page-turning adventure through the whimsical world of High Country. Ruth Ann and her friends come upon a host of strange characters, fight unimaginable battles against treacherous foes, and make tremendous sacrifices, all while racing against time. They learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, compassion, and courage and have the adventure of their lives. This chapter book is a refreshing and unique fantasy story that will appeal to children of all ages a tale that engages and stimulates the imagination and reminds readers just how much fun reading can be. . . so climb aboard and get whirled away on a magical adventure. It is quite a ride, indeed!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Brown Books Publishing Group
ISBN 1933285907 ISBN13 9781933285900
Reviews - What do customers think about Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster?
A winner for all ages! May 12, 2008
Whether you are a grandparent reading this book to younger children or giving it to older children to read themselves you will be "hooked" yourself after reading the first few pages. Your heart will be warmed by the characters and the adventure will carry you from chapter to chapter. The values demonstrated as the story progresses will be the best examples children could possibly read about. I read the book cover to cover!
Charming, fun, and overflowing with personality Apr 25, 2008
After reading about the origins of this humble, unassuming little story, I decided to pick it up and see for myself how this personal creation straight from the heart could turn out. I've just finished with it, and I have to say that I'm downright blown away.
"Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster" combines ideas that have been done before and mixes them into a very original blend. The story concerns a young girl, Ruth Ann, whose dog, Dukey Daddles, has recently died and gone to "High Country", which is a fantasy world floating in the sky. She visits High Country herself to try to meet her dog, and along the way, makes friends with some anthropomorphic creatures while embarking on numerous adventures.
One of Ruth Ann's traveling companions is Whistle Stick, a stick broken off of a tree who had once been used as a whistle, who grumbles and complains a lot and offers humorous sarcastic observations. Her other, Lonesome Snake, is a snake who had been sent into High Country after being killed by a mule, and just wants to find a place where he can be happy. The two companions bicker back and forth with each other while Ruth Ann cheerfully bears their grumbling and sometimes tries to make peace. Along the way, they meet many other eccentric characters, such as the Singing Lantern, or St. Bernard, the leader of the Heaven for Lucky Dogs.
It's a delightfully playful romp, but it's also a rather adventurous tale with surprising undercurrents of menace. I don't wish to spoil any of the fun surprises, but there's a lot of danger and excitement in the story, handled by the heroes in creative and fun ways. Former enemies become friends, and Ruth Ann keeps her head up even when dealing with Enemy Birds who wish to stone her, the cruel army of Pinheads who want to burn the Singing Lantern, and other hazards. All this while realizing she's working under a time limit, and if she should fail, she would be stuck in High Country forever! At the end, all of the loose ends are neatly dealt with and no previous element of the story is forgotten, making the finale very satisfying.
The book is a real page-turner. As I read it late at night each day, I couldn't wait to return to it the next, until I had finished it. I can say that about very few books, and I must say, even if the co-author, Kathy Luders, was afraid this story might be too personal for the public to relate to, I think it's amazing. The sheer personality of the whole story is precisely what makes it so much fun.
Definitely give this book a try.
Stunning, just stunning children's book Oct 4, 2007
A story within a story, Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster is one of the most imaginative children's books to surface in a long time. Ruth Ann is more than just the protagonist--she really exists. The story was originally written over eighty years ago for Ruth Ann deValley by Frances Beebe, her mother. Years later after both had passed on, Ruth Ann's daughter, Kathy Luders, brought the forgotten story out of its cupboard drawer, dusted it off, edited and prepared it for publishing.
Perhaps the most poetic aspect of the book is that it centers on the death of Ruth Ann's dog, Dukey Daddles, and his consequential visit into "High Country" (Heaven). Frances Beebe seems to be using the story to connect with her daughter and granddaughter from her own version of High Country.
The story begins on the day before Ruth Ann's birthday, as she wanders around aimlessly, longing for Dukey Daddles' company. She stumbles across a discarded whistle in the grass. To her astonishment, it begins talking to her! Much like the infamous Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, Whistle Stick needs a bit of grease to make his joints work again, and he enlists Ruth Ann's aide in obtaining the magical salve. Thus begins the adventures of Ruth Ann as she takes on a new companion, discovers the monstrous Green Blowster hidden deep in the forest, and travels to High Country to find Dukey Daddles. The pair encounters a vast array of characters, each lending a unique hand in the search for Ruth Ann's lost dog.
The simplicity of the time period is evident in the writing, with interactions between humans kept at a minimum and a rare connection to nature permeating the pages. Perhaps this is what allows Beebe's creativity to flow freely with truly inventive characters. It is regretful that Beebe was not a published author while she lived, as she surely would have made some valuable contributions to children's literature.
Armchair Interviews says: Ruth Ann and the Green Blowster is a heart-warming story that revives the wonder of childhood.