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Mothers, fathers, grandparents and baby sitters will find in these three stories a group of simple tales meant to be read to young children approximately between the ages of two and six years of age. For the preschooler and kindergartener learning to read, they are examples of what can be read that do not frighten or cause real stress but have just enough tension to hold their interest. They may also be some of the first stories that a child can read themselves. The story of Bonnie the Balloon is pure fantasy designed to take advantage of the very young child's tendency to personalize their toys, stuffed animals, toy cars, dolls ,etc. Giving any of these articles names such as Bearry the Teddy Bear is a common practice and allows the child to have their toys share their experiences as they become aware of the world outside their home. It also acquaints the growing child with a now obsolete method of advertising, which they may never again experience. The Scary Adventures of Bummy the Bunnie carries on this personalization of toys, which in this case are stuffed animals, the presence of which might help to relieve the tension a child may develop facing difficult surgery in a major hospital. This actually was the situation that inspired this story as the child faced the closure of a septal heart defect that had not been detected before birth. At the time of the surgery no heart/lung machine was available. The Heidi Story reacquaints the young child with the origin of the first pet they may experience in their home. Not all pets can be such a close part of a child's life but if they can the child will want to know all they can about them. Once again this story is inspired by actual happenings and is meant to be possibly an initial tale in the adventures of this remarkable animal. This story has two authors as it was not finished before the original author passed away.
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About the Author
Helen Hoag never anticipated that she would become a published author. She passed away in July of 2008, never realizing that her stories would be found and published. She and her fraternal twin sister, Marge, were born on April 4, 1920, in Los Angeles to James and Ethylwyn Brydon in Los Angeles, California. They were the Brydons’ only children. Their early years were relatively normal as the twins enjoyed life in Los Angeles at their home there and weekends and large portions of the summers at a second home in Laguna Beach. There the Brydons were the hosts of various members of Ethylwyn's family, the MacMichaels from Oakland, California. Helen and Marge were free to enjoy the beach on the shore where supervision was unnecessary in those days. They attended junior high school in Los Angeles and were the tallest girls in their class. Their father, James, was a very successful salesman and was a former member of the Canadian Olympic Team and still anof a massive heart attack. Of course, that was a life-changing event in both of their lives and they were further stricken by the death of their mother from breast cancer two years later. During the two years after their father's death , the girls were the sole support of their mother. The MacMichael family in Piedmont, California near Oakland took the girls in and Ruth MacMichael , their maternal aunt became their second mother and Ross MacMichael became their closest MacMichael cousin. They graduated from Piedmont High School and both entered Stanford University. Helen graduated in 1945 but Marge left earlier beginning a career in the American Red Cross. Helen then worked for Standard Oil in San Francisco until moving to Los Angeles to work for an advertising agency. Having sustained a back injury many years earlier, Helen elected to have back-fusion surgery and was recovering when she met Bill Hoag, a UCLA graduate student visiting his mother in the same hospital during one of his mother's many visits there for therapy. After an involved and complicated period of time and infrequent dating, they were married in Pensacola, Florida while Bill was serving in the U S Navy. He was transferred to Newport, Rhode Island where their son was born. After being at sea most of the first year of his son's life they chose to separate from active duty in the navy and transferred to California where they both had a career in public education. Two daughters were later born in California and Helen postponed her professional life until all their children were out of the home. She derived her greatest professional satisfaction from being an assistant school librarian which led to an avocation as a writer.