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Brian K. Nash was born in 1961 and grew up on a farm in Kansas. Blind from birth, he enjoyed the loving support of his parents and five siblings, who kept him active exploring the woods and riding horses. The many stories they told him and read to him fostered his love of fiction. He began composing his own fiction for children when his daughter Evelyn was small.
He edited the school newspaper at the Kansas School for the Blind. Later on, he received computer training and became an adaptive technician, teaching other blind people to use a computer. He has extensive public speaking experience, especially to groups of school children, seeking to educate others regarding blindness and the capabilities of the blind.
Henrietta of Valley View Farm is the first of Brian's several books for children that are being published by Smashwords. His lively, entertaining stories are set in a fictional place that has a lot in common with the locales he knew and loved as a child. The animals - chickens, cats, dogs, horses, birds, frogs, and many more - can talk to each other, and are among the most vivid of the many characters. They often have much to teach their human friends as they work together to overcome whatever challenges are thrown at them. Adventure abounds, and friendship always triumphs in the end.
Leonore H. Dvorkin
on Nov. 17, 2011 :
I've enjoyed all of Brian Nash's sweet, imaginative books for children, but this is the first one so far to be published with illustrations. Those are no doubt a very valuable addition for little kids. He has found a wonderful illustrator in Glenda Felbush.
This is the shortest and simplest of Mr. Nash's books to date, but it has the same themes of friendship, working hard to find solutions to problems, and the value of helping others.
I really recommend his other books: Henrietta of Valley View Farm, Midnight to the Rescue (my own favorite), and Christmas on Valley View Farm. They are all on Smashwords.
(reviewed the day of purchase)