Robert U. Montgomery

Children

Halloween Treat From Book That You Will Enjoy Year Around

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Halloween is one of the times that I remember best from my childhood, a simpler time when many Baby Boomers were growing up. This is an excerpt from "Dracula's Disciple" in Under the Bed: Tales From An Innocent Childhood. If you were a child during the 50s, 60s, or 70s, this book will take you back in time and awaken your own fond memories.

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Who Let the Frogs Out?

Who Let the Frogs Out?




My second illustrated children's book,
Who Let the Frogs Out?, will be out this fall. These books teach kids about nature and encourage them to go outside to experience it for themselves.


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Here's an excerpt:

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When it got dark enough, we'd chase and catch fireflies, which our parents also called "lightning bugs." One night, Matt said that we should feed some of the bugs to a toad. "I'll bet his belly would light up," he said.

And he was right. It did! A little ball of light bounced up and down on the road in the dark as the toad hopped away. We laughed until our sides hurt. And the toad got a free supper, so I think that he liked it too.

Matt was like the "mad scientist" of our group that we called "The Four Musketeers." He made the best grades and knew lots of stuff that the rest of us didn't. My name is Bobby. And I tell you all about our gang--- Matt, Carl, Benny, and me--- in
Who Let the Bugs Out? If you haven't read it, you should!

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You can check out
Who Let the Bugs Out? at my Amazon author page. I also have Bass Fishing for Kids in Kindle format.

https://www.amazon.com/Robert-U-Montgomery/e/B005J1K9T2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Pippa and the Fox

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I can't make up this stuff!

During our afternoon walk, Pippa darted off to my left to chase squirrels as we passed through a patch of woods. Seconds after she did, a young fox crossed just in front of me, going the same direction.

If he saw me, he didn't show it. But he definitely noticed Pippa. He stopped and studied her as she sniffed around a tree. Then he watched intently as she left the woods to roll and moan in some tall grass, as she does every day.

He was only about 10 feet from me and finally I said, "Hey, you," just to get his attention.

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A More Innocent Time

How did you discover that Santa Claus isn't real?

As a college composition teacher, I asked my students to write essays about that. Following the obligatory moans and groans expressed for every assignment and some pretend indignation that I had spoiled the holiday with this revelation, they wrote wonderful stories of childhood innocence lost.

As a writer and editor, as well as teacher, I can "read" the motivation in someone's writing and I have no doubt that this assignment moved them, as they shared their memories. Some were funny. One was tragic. All were insightful. With their permission, I shared the stories with the class, as we all came to realize that almost everyone who celebrates Christmas has had this experience.

My own is what prompted that assignment, as well as my book
Under the Bed: Tales From an Innocent Childhood. You can read how I made the discovery in the essay by the same name. Also, you can read about a secret Santa who brought presents to a Jewish friend and her family in "The Shiny Red Fire Truck."

Overall,
Under the Bed is about growing up during a more innocent time, before we allowed so much of our lives to be ruled by technology. It's about family vacations in the station wagon, crazy relatives, and playing outside until dark during the summer. It's about a time when the new television season was a big deal in the fall and kids fell asleep with their transistor radios under their pillows, listening to rock and roll music.


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