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I’m Robert Z Hicks – Mr. Bob, author of two award winning children’s rhyming story picture books. My gift is rhyming, and my purpose is to help children learn to read and enjoy a life-long habit of reading. Rhyming helps children hear the sounds in words.


Mouse in the Manager


Mouse In The Manger is the Christmas story told in rhyme by Micah the mouse, a secret observer who was hiding in the manger.

Micah came to the manger to look for grain, but the peace of his usually quiet nighttime meal was shattered by a startling series of events that kept Micah wide-eyed with curiosity. Micah shares what he saw, and heard from the donkey, shepherds, and camel, about the birth of Christ.


 Tommie Turtle’s Secret


Tommie Turtle outwits Hoppy Bunny to win the race and teach the bunny valuable lessons about friendship. A surprise twist at the end highlights moral values of forgiveness and that being nice, not bragging and teasing, is the way to make friends.

In an entertaining way, Tommie Turtle’s Secret gives children practice with rhymes in order to improve reading skills. Good for early readers.