Christmas is a special time for kids of all ages and in “Christmas with Patchy and Calico”, the lovable dog and cat discover the true spirit of the holiday season. Through their many adventures, the two friends learn that giving, sharing, and caring are just as much fun as receiving presents.
In one story, making a snowman should be a fairly simple job, but not for these two. Patchy decides to show off and accidentally becomes the world’s first walking, talking snowdog.
Then when all the Christmas presents mysteriously disappear, Patchy and Calico become detectives. They track down the gift snatcher and come face to face with the bully who stole all the gifts from underneath their Christmas tree.
In other adventures, the two friends find a wealth of chestnuts and are given lots and lots of treats. What Patchy and Calico do with all the chestnuts and treats will teach children how simple gifts can make both the giver and receiver very happy.
Preschoolers on up to elementary-aged children (and adults too) love the adventures and misadventures of the two title characters. The humorous stories, illustrations, and simple questions at the end of each story will entertain kids while teaching them valuable lessons on sharing, caring and giving while spreading Christmas cheer.
Other books in this delightful series include “Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat” and “Patchy and Calico’s Summer Vacation.”
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 and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and three dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy 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/
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I was a teacher, my favorite time of the day was story time. The kids loved it as much as I did. We also ‘wrote’ our own books and shared our masterpieces with their parents. I hope I inspired the children to continue reading and creating their own stories.
I miss those days but I can relive them by writing the Patchy and Calico series and sharing the short stories with today’s young readers. It is so neat to hear comments from the parents saying his/her child wants to go to the beach after reading “Patchy and Calico’s Summer Vacation” or that dogs cannot fly after reading the first Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat book.
It just makes me feel so good and inspires me to come up with new stories for the two mischievous friends.