Robert U. Montgomery

Growing Up

Who Let the Frogs Out?

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Who Let the Frogs Out? is a fun-packed mystery for young readers, with eye-popping illustrations that make the story even more enjoyable. Bobby and his friends are afraid that they are going to be in big trouble with his grandparents because someone turned loose about a gazillion frogs in the house.

Have you ever been blamed for something you didn't do? Bobby, Benny, Matt, and Carl, also known as The Four Musketeers, are sure they will be blamed for the frogs' escape, while they are staying at MamMa and PapPa's house. After all, they did catch the frogs and bring them in the house. But they were in a terrarium, with a lid on the top! Who could have done it? No, who
would have done it? All of them love coming to the farm during summer vacation. They love sleeping on feather beds and catching big catfish in the pond. They especially love eating MamMa's apple pie and homemade ice cream.

And now this might mean that they won't be invited to come back.
Carl is especially scared. After all, he likes to play jokes on the rest of the gang. During a sleepover once, he put worms in Matt's pants pockets. But he insists that he didn't do it. So, who did? Maybe Ol' Fred, the dog, and Ol' Marge, the cat, know. But they're not telling!

This is the second in a series of books entitled, "Growing Up With Nature." The first was
Who Let the Bugs Out? The series focuses on outdoor adventures and experiences. It reveals interesting information about animals and insects and amazing facts about nature. You don't want to miss out on The Four Musketeers' adventures!

Who Let the Frogs Out? is perfect for you if enjoy:

  • Playing outside

  • Having adventures

  • Solving mysteries

  • Exploring nature

  • Learning about animals

You can find
Who Let the Frogs Out? and Who Let the Bugs Out? and all of author Robert U. Montgomery's other books at Amazon and other booksellers.


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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