The focus of this ebook is a child with unrealistic expectations who is parented by a very clever, compassionate, and creative mother. The title reveals the uncompromising demands made by young Alicia Gingko. But who didn’t have strange ideas when they were the same age as Alicia? The key to this ebook’s humor is created not just by Alicia’s behavior but also by the gentle and wise guidance of her parents. The sequel to this story, “The Kitten That Hopped”, is currently five-star-rated, but it is the author’s opinion that “I Want An Elephant And A Giraffe !!” is just as funny, both for children and adults.
I have thus far written one serious book, “The Death Of Medicine”, which is about the inspiring and amazing real-life surgeon, Doctor Ignaz Semmelweis. Dr. Semmelweis is known as “The Savior Of Mothers”, and for good reason. His best friend, a forensic surgeon, died from a minor cut he suffered during an autopsy on a mother who had come to his clinic to give birth. By linking his friend’s death with the fevers that were killing mothers all over the world, Doctor Semmelweis instituted innovations that are saving multitudes of men, women, and children to this day. Why is Doctor Semmelweis so unknown then? This fictionalized biography, based on real events and statistics, will shock you.
In addition, I have written many humorous children’s books and the “If You Like To Laugh” humorous poetry series for adults.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was raised in a rural area and the favorite pastime of both my friends and myself was to wander the woods after school, where there was a “crick”, a raft made of three 55-gallon oil barrels lashed together with a sheet of outdoor plywood on top, a nearby sledding hill, and many other fascinating entertainment opportunities. I once found an animal skull and brought it to my room as “treasure”. My mother left it exactly where I had placed it for as long as we lived at that residence. Children are imaginative. In my story I envisioned parents who had the wisdom to understand that, while clear and consistent limits need to be imposed on the youngest generation, there are yet ways to meet the desires that a child cannot express well even to himself or herself.