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On the road to the farm, a six-year-old’s imagination is stirred by his grandfather’s tall tales of an ancient Native American warrior called Falling Rock. Once at the farm, the boy thinks he sees Falling Rock everywhere, from the pasture to the pond and more. Is it his imagination or is he really seeing the ghost of Falling Rock?
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Growing up in rural Oklahoma in the 60s and 70s, I had the privilege to spend time on the farm with my great-grandparents. Granddad was a never ending fountain of tall tales and mischief. One of his favorite pranks was to tell us to “watch out for Falling Rock” every time we passed one of those yellow highway signs. Then he would spin elaborate tales of the deeds of this mythical Native American warrior. Since all of the generations were some mix of Cherokee and Scottish, Granddad’s version of Falling Rock was a heroic warrior who defended his land. I remember well the wide-eyed looks on the faces of my cousins and my brother, as Granddad steered that creaky old Chevy truck around potholes and curves, all the while telling everyone to keep an eye out for any stray rocks or arrows. As indicated, he was a bit mischievous. I dedicate this book to my dad (who endured the tales first) and my brother (who may have loved them most).
“WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK by Terri Branson is a children’s book about a Native American warrior. According to legend, Falling Rock, the great warrior, could never be captured in battle and now, many years later, Falling Rock haunts Oklahoma. Falling Rock also seems to haunt young Butch, who sees Falling Rock wherever he goes — outside his window, at his grandparents’ house, in the yard, and at the pond. Falling Rock also causes some mischief with a spider’s web in the garden, and Butch does have to reprimand him a few times for his antics. The whole time Butch’s grandparents do not believe that Falling Rock is causing trouble, but Butch not only sees Falling Rock all day, he also hears the chanting and the drums as he falls asleep at night. WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK includes illustrations that go along with nearly every scene, and Falling Rock is depicted as the colorful and cartoonish troublemaker that he is. I appreciated the creativity in the book, and mostly that it highlights the imagination of a child who sees things when the adults don’t. For this reason, I feel the book will appeal to children who understand that sometimes special things are for them only, and adults might not understand or see things the way they do. Author Terri Branson taps into the best part of being a child and seems to understand that a child can occasionally follow a story in their own minds, carrying a character with them through their daily routines. I recommend this book to children of reading age and feel it would be a nice addition to any children’s library.” ~ Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers’ Favorite [FIVE STARS]
“In WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK, Ms. Branson captures the essence of a rural Oklahoma town. She pays close attention to detail as she describes the rattling old truck and the kindly Granddad who likes to spin a tale or two from his childhood memories for his grandson. Only, is it a tale or a true story about an ancient Native American Indian? As the story unfolds, Butch encounters many ‘sightings’ of the Indian, Falling Rock. He’s certain he really sees him, but Granddad never really agrees with him or denies his visions. Butch is left to decide on his own if Falling Rock was really there or was just a ghost of the ancient warrior. The Warrior seems to have a bit of mischief in his demeanor which gives the story a touch of humor as Butch watches his antics. Ms. Branson leaves you with the questions: ‘Did Falling Rock really exist or is he just Old West folk lore?” and ‘Are the signs you see in rocky mountainous areas warning you of falling rocks or Falling Rock?’ Well done!” ~ reviewed by Roberta Hoffer [FIVE STARS]
“Is 6-year-old Butch seeing the real ghost of Falling Rock on his grandparent’s farm? Or do his grandfather’s tall tales simply spark his imagination? Beautiful illustrations by Chet Taylor complete this well-told tale of one boy’s weekend visit to his grandparent’s farm that brings him a new and mischievous friend, who may or may not be a ghost. WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK is definitely a 5-star read that small children will demand to read over and over.” ~ reviewed by Amber Sparks for Roserock Reviews [FIVE STARS]
TERRI BRANSON earned an associate degree in math and science before turning her efforts toward the studies of creative writing and graphic arts. In addition to being a graphics artist and an editor, she is an award-winning author who has sold articles on the craft of writing and conducted many local writing workshops. Awards include the EPPIE 2005 Best Children’s Book trophy for the picture book,Brother Dragon and the EPPIE 2004 Best Anthology trophy for the science fiction and fantasy anthology Cosmic Sculpture. || Author Website | Facebook Page |
Children’s picture books include: A Very Dragon Christmas | Brother Dragon | Pete, the Peacock, Goes to the Zoo | Pete, the Peacock, Goes to Town | Scooter’s World | Tyler on the Moon | Watch for Falling Rock |
Adult publications include: A Psychic Life (non-fiction) | Cosmic Sculpture (SF/fantasy anthology) | Dragon’s Blood (science fiction) | Dragon’s Den (science fiction) | Geodoodles (adult coloring book) | Musk Rain (paranormal romance) | Prairie Fire (western romance) | The Winds of Aumrau (original sheet music) |