I’m Robert Z Hicks – Mr. Bob, author of 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.

 The Ladybug Known as Lil

Ladybug Lil, singer at the Pumpkin Club, rides her roach through the night to find sheriff Bugaroo to save Pumpkin town from the dreaded Aphid Gang. A study guide with photos tells about the real insects that are the characters in the story.

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Danny the Dragon

Danny the Dragon is a beautifully illustrated rhyming children’s picture book about fear, friendship, and courage.

Danny is a gentle dragon and is teased by the other dragons because he doesn’t make a flame. When an army of evil knights come to the kingdom, Danny becomes the hero by meeting the challenge.

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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.

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 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.

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