Michelina "Marge" Balsamo

Biography

At 80 years of age old, to write a biography I would have to write another book! Suffice to say, I feel that my true claim to fame are my 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandsons. But if one would like to know, I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934, I was known as “little Margie” by family and friends. Like most woman in my day, school, marriage, and starting my family was the beginning of my adult life. As an adult my professional experience included being an entrepreneur and corporate management.

Always having had a love for reading, I did not realize my true passion until my fifth grandchild was born in 1986. And then it was truly by accident - the writing,that is,- not the grandchild. One cold February afternoon, while babysitting for my 2 year old granddaughter Kristen, she turned to me and said “Grandma, tell me a story”. And thus was born the series "Life in the Great Green Forest".

Books

Book VII - Bonky & Scruffy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
One day at lunch time, Greenleaves bumped into Bonky and Scruffy – or should I say, they bumped into him? You see, that’s how Bonky got his name – but, how did Scruffy get his name? Adults and children will giggle alike, as they meet these two funny and adorable animals in The Great Green Forest!
Book VI - The Night of the Special Celebration
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
“Barney, will you come here for a moment?” Granny Rabbit asked her grandson as she was grooming herself. “I would like you and the other youngsters to take a nap.” “A NAP!” repeated Barney. “Granny! I don’t take an afternoon nap anymore! I’m too big now!” protested the young rabbit. “Yes, I know. But tonight you must be well rested and awake for the Special Celebration.”
Book V - It's Time To Rest
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
As I have said before, springtime in The Forest is always a very exciting time! Everything was grand spanking new; the baby oak tree, Greenleaves and all the other animals had grown in leaps and bounds. But if they thought that spring had been exciting, with all the friends that they had made and all the things that they had learned, they soon discovered that summer was turning out to be terrific!
Book IV - The Magic Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Ginny Gopher had been having a visit with Mother Oak Tree and Greenleaves, the baby oak tree, enjoying the afternoon sun. Georgie followed after his sister, shaking his head. “Oh don’t mind her. You know how she is. She’s not happy unless she’s the center of attention or getting her own way!” said Georgie.
Book III - Greenleaves Gift & Talents
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Springtime in The Great Green Forest was a most wonderful time of the year. It was the time for New Life and the time for learning. The Forest was alive with song and laughter. The trees were sprouting new branches and the budding flowers were bursting open; painting the forest with magical colors.
Book II - Learning To Fly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
I’ll never catch Up! Never, never, never!” he moaned; feeling low and very lonely! It was in the early spring and many of the new baby animals were being born in the Great Green Forest. Little Sammy Sparrow was born a few days after his brothers and sisters. He was not only the youngest but, unfortunately, he was the smallest and the weakest of the birds in his family’s nest.
Book I - The Beginning
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,430. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
It had been a bitter cold and a very long, hard winter. Everyone was glad to finally be out and about, breathing some clean fresh air and feeling the warm sun on their bodies. After being cooped-up inside, all those months, they were more than ready to have some real fun, outdoors; especially the youngsters.

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