During a weekend visit to his grandparent's farm, a six year old boy witnesses the mischief of a Native American warrior. Is it just his big imagination or is he really seeing the ghost of Falling Rock?
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"WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK by Terri Branson is a children’s book about a Native American warrior. According to legend, Falling Rock, the great warrior, could never be captured in battle and now, many years later, Falling Rock haunts Oklahoma. Falling Rock also seems to haunt young Butch, who sees Falling Rock wherever he goes — outside his window, at his grandparents’ house, in the yard, and at the pond. Falling Rock also causes some mischief with a spider’s web in the garden, and Butch does have to reprimand him a few times for his antics. The whole time Butch’s grandparents do not believe that Falling Rock is causing trouble, but Butch not only sees Falling Rock all day, he also hears the chanting and the drums as he falls asleep at night. WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK includes illustrations that go along with nearly every scene, and Falling Rock is depicted as the colorful and cartoonish troublemaker that he is. I appreciated the creativity in the book, and mostly that it highlights the imagination of a child who sees things when the adults don’t. For this reason, I feel the book will appeal to children who understand that sometimes special things are for them only, and adults might not understand or see things the way they do. Author Terri Branson taps into the best part of being a child and seems to understand that a child can occasionally follow a story in their own minds, carrying a character with them through their daily routines. I recommend this book to children of reading age and feel it would be a nice addition to any children’s library." ~ reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite [FIVE STARS]
"Is Falling Rock real? Butch's granddad says yes, that he was once a Native American warrior who roamed the very land that Granddad now farms. For sure, he pops up all over the farm, wherever Butch goes, sometimes playing tricks, sometimes helping him. WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK is a fast-paced, imaginative story, full of colorful images and a spark of authenticity that is sure to please young readers who enjoy stories of our country's long-ago past." ~ reviewed by Paula Blais Gorgas [FIVE STARS]
"Delightfully written for parents and young readers 2-7 years of age, WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK is a great multi-cultural story featuring a mischievous (perhaps ghost, perhaps imaginary, perhaps mythic) Indian brave and a young boy whose grandfather is fond of telling stories. Beautifully and imaginatively illustrated, the book is an eye catcher that will capture the imaginations of all children, whether they read it themselves or their parents read it to them. Highly recommended." ~ reviewed by Pat Kelley [FIVE STARS]
"In WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK, Ms. Branson captures the essence of a rural Oklahoma town. She pays close attention to detail as she describes the rattling old truck and the kindly Granddad who likes to spin a tale or two from his childhood memories for his grandson. Only, is it a tale or a true story about an ancient Native American Indian? As the story unfolds, Butch encounters many 'sightings' of the Indian, Falling Rock. He's certain he really sees him, but Granddad never really agrees with him or denies his visions. Butch is left to decide on his own if Falling Rock was really there or was just a ghost of the ancient warrior. The Warrior seems to have a bit of mischief in his demeanor which gives the story a touch of humor as Butch watches his antics. Ms. Branson leaves you with the questions: 'Did Falling Rock really exist or is he just Old West folk lore?" and 'Are the signs you see in rocky mountainous areas warning you of falling rocks or Falling Rock?' Well done!" ~ reviewed by Roberta Hoffer [FIVE STARS]
"Is 6-year-old Butch seeing the real ghost of Falling Rock on his grandparent's farm? Or do his grandfather's tall tales simply spark his imagination? Beautiful illustrations by Chet Taylor complete this well-told tale of one boy's weekend visit to his grandparent's farm that brings him a new and mischievous friend, who may or may not be a ghost. WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK is definitely a 5-star read that small children will demand to read over and over." ~ reviewed by Amber Sparks for Roserock Reviews [FIVE STARs]
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