Robin And The Giant Campaign To Kiss A Horse

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In this election that will help adults with illiteracy problems learn to read for the first time in their lives, there are no losers.

Robin And The Giant want your vote! Larry Whitler, also known as “The Giant” of Robin And The Giant, has been nominated to compete for votes to help raise awareness and funding for the Marion County Literacy Council to promote their mission of improving the literacy skills of all adults.

America’s Favorite Family Duo, Robin And The Giant, host a morning drive radio program in their hometown of Ocala, Florida, on radio station WOCA, The Source, under their real names of Larry Whitler and Robin MacBlane.

Whitler recently accepted the nomination from the Literacy Council to be a candidate in the “Kiss The Horse” campaign. MacBlane accepted the role as Whitler’s manager and together the duo will be competing against other teams in this fun fundraiser that promotes the importance of literacy in today's society. The “winner” gets to kiss a horse at the end of the campaign on December 3, 2011 but the true winners are the adults who will learn to read for the first time in their lives.

“Teaming Robin And The Giant with the Literacy Council is a no-brainer,” Whitler said. “Our first album in 1987 was titled ‘Time To Learn’ which taught children the ABCs, the vowels, and other basic lessons of reading and writing, and today on WOCA we interview best-selling authors on a daily basis. So we’ve always made a connection with the written word as a way to enrich each of our lives.”

As a key ingredient in their campaign, Robin And The Giant are donating to the Marion County Literacy Council all of the royalties from the sale of the e-book version of their 572 page book of short stories titled, "The Gift Of The Barking Frog (And Other Tales From The Heart). The subtitle of the book is "56 Short Stories For Children And Other Deep Thinkers."

"The Gift Of The Barking Frog" was originally published in 2006. The stories contained in the book were all written by Robin MacBlane and Larry Whitler for their one-hour radio program that was broadcast nationally over Digital Cable Radio, a precursor of satellite radio, on the For Kids Only Channel in the early and mid-1990s. Each one of those hour long programs featured several original songs and two original short stories penned and narrated by Robin And The Giant.

Robin And The Giant have reduced the price of the e-book to only $2.95 as a way to encourage everyone to share the joy of the written word with the children and adults in their lives. “Technology helped us reach thousands of listeners in the early days of cable radio and now the internet has made it possible for us to share our books as electronic downloads for just pennies,” MacBlane told reporters at a recent kick-off event.

“The 56 short stories in ‘The Gift Of The Barking Frog’ were chosen from hundreds of stories Larry and I wrote for the radio show,” according to Robin MacBlane. “And because of the time constraints of the broadcast they were all written with the intent of being read aloud in fifteen minutes or less. So the idea to publish them in a book and allow people to read them for themselves seemed to be the best way to give those stories a permanent home on America’s bookshelves.”

A quote from the website of The Marion County Literacy Council states that the organization is “a non-profit organization that was founded by Barbara Woodson in 1999. Barbara wanted to improve adult literacy in Marion County. The Council was founded to teach adults to read, help students pass the GED test and to teach English to speakers of other languages.”

Statistics released by the U.S. Education Department show that some 32 million U.S. adults lack basic literacy skill. That means they can't read a newspaper or the instruction on a bottle of pills. Widespread illiteracy not only leads to lower education and employment rates, it is also linked to increased crime and incarceration and a high social and economic cost.

For more information on Robin And The Giant and their involvement in the Kiss The Horse campaign, go to http://www.RobinAndTheGiant.com. To download the e-book of “The Gift Of The Barking Frog” go to: http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/the-gift-of-the-barking-frog/18165603

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