Once A Frog Always A Frog

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In a fairy tale, a kiss from a beautiful girl will turn a frog into a handsome prince. To find out if this holds true in rural America, follow Elvie Fedderman as she discovers why the farming community of Austin, Iowa is overrun with frogs. More

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Words: 5,430
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476154510
About Mari Collier

My name is Marilyn Collier, but the penname is Mari Collier. I was born in Lincoln Township, Audubon, Iowa. Yes, people still refer to the townships there. I started writing for the Audubon Advocate (Audubon, Iowa) when I was thirteen. The pay wasn't much for the work involved, but I loved it. My writing continued off and on for years.
Children prompted me to invent a bedtime story as my father had done. One was sold to a children's magazine. Then I went to work and writing took a back burner until we moved from Arizona to Western Washington.
I found the greatest employer imaginable in Washington. Nintendo of America paid me to talk, read, write, and play games. It was intense at times, but truly enjoyable.
My husband and I returned to the desert where I became involved with the greatest little museum in the world. How many museums would have a Weed Show? I write two columns for their Old Schoolhouse Journal.
To ease the solitude of writing, I joined the Desert Writers Guild of Twentynine Palms. Each year we publish an anthology of over 100 pages. Our latest one has desert based stories, with recipes to match..

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Review by: Michele Maddox on July 30, 2013 :
If you have ever lived in a small Midwestern town which is tuned into nature, extraordinary cycles can emerge. The community is left to contend with them and the authorities bring in such lofty titles such as Farm Bureau Action Team Specialist for Animal Production & Health and Ag BioSecurity, Robert Inger, asked the Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. for help. Excuse me?

We dreaded seeing those people. They were both hopeless and helpless.

Elvie, the main character, shows through her eyes an unraveling series of events, both family and community, and a very eerie conclusion that drove me page to page. Wonderful story! Mrs. Collier knows how to keep the reader engaged and entertained all at the same time. Thanks for a delightful afternoon!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Robynn Gabel on Sep. 09, 2012 :
Though I'm still trying to figure out what a 'bodkins' is, I found this story captivating. For awhile I was deep in the Midwest, in muggy, steamy weather, wading through tons of frogs! The author has a quick wit, and a way of writing earthy characters. A fun read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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