Abandoned Baby Rabbit Finds Help in the Forest

Garrett Rice didn’t know a short conversation with his grandson would result in a series of children’s book. Writing under the pseudonym Billy Garrett, he’s surprised to see the strong interest in his first book in the series, The Secret Life of Tumkit. Not only do his grandchildren love the book, it has maintained bestseller status on Amazon since its release.

Left behind in a cold and dark burrow, a baby rabbit named Tumkit was destined to  die of starvation until Vella, a shrewd and fearless mockingbird, discovered Tumkit and brought him a magic berry. The berry came from a solitary bush that grows in a cave near the top of Laurel Mountain. Vella warns Tumkit the bush is struggling to survive and unless they act quickly the supernatural powers of its berries will be lost forever. Tumkit, Vella and Sully, a one-year-old buck and loyal friend to Vella, travel up the steep mountain in a desperate attempt to save the bush. Their quest takes a dangerous turn when they encounter Borwong, and angry and heartless grizzly bear, who refuses to allow anyone on his mountain. The book is geared toward ages 4-12. 

Many educators support the book. A few of their comments follow:

“Absolutely loved it.  Every word paints a vivid picture of this incredible and engaging story.” ~ Connie Clark, retired L.A. County school teacher.

“I will never look at a bunny the same way again. I was so drawn into the story I believed I was actually there. I highly recommend it to anyone.” ~ Joyce Hood, retired Washington State school teacher.

“My class thoroughly enjoyed Billy’s book. Here’s two of the many heartfelt reviews they sent to the author,” “Best book I’ve ever read.” “I hope you write another one, your books are fun.” ~ Rosemary Bierman, school teacher for gifted children.

The book is available on Amazon.com and will officially launch this weekend.

Rice says, “I am a retired general contractor living in Bend, Oregon during the summer and Palm Desert, California in the winter. I love playing the guitar, fishing the ocean, writing and most of all playing with our five wonderful grandkids. Everyone told me grandkids would be the best and they were right. They’ve had such a positive impact on my life. They taught me how to have fun with my imagination again, just by watching them play with the simplest of things. I began to write, at the age of sixty-five, because of my grandmother. She passed away when I was young and all that’s left of her are some faint memories and few black and white photos. I know absolutely nothing about her past life so when I told that to my wife she said, “Why don’t you write a book about your adventures? That way, when the grandkids are old enough, they can read how they all came to be born in Bend, Oregon.”  As a result, I published my first book, Behind Sight. My second book, The Secret Life of Tumkit, which has just been released, is a children’s book. I’m currently working on a sequel. Hope you enjoy the stories.”

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