Author Larry Jay Robinson Makes Storytelling More Rewarding

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Nuggets of wisdom and an unforgettable story await readers in the new picture book, “Stubborn Stanley”

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Recent studies have found that reading is beneficial to a child’s brain development. G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., chief of the child development and behavior branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD, says that children learn a great deal more when parents interact verbally with them through activities like storytelling. The tale of “Stubborn Stanley” will prove to be a great choice of reading material for this type of activity. This new picture book by Larry Jay Robinson combines brilliant storytelling, charming illustrations and unforgettable characters to teach valuable lessons to readers of all ages.

Stanley is a goat (more of like a kid) who gets taken from his home in the mountains. He ends up on a farm where he struggles to fit in. He is the only one of his kind on the farm but eventually becomes comfortable there. He busies himself by collecting “treasures” and sampling everyone’s food. As he gets older, he starts craving for more freedom. When Stanley notices the hills looming in the background he remembers where he came from. At that point, all his efforts are concentrated in getting free so he can return home again. Will Stanley find his way back before it’s too late?

“I have always enjoyed working with my hands (in construction) and when work is slow, I write children’s stories,” explains Robinson. “My idea is to write stories for parents to read to their little ones at bedtime. I remember how special that time was with my girls and feel that everyone should share those moments with their children.”

This warm, endearing and exuberant tale by Robinson starkly depicts one of Theodore Roosevelt’s wise words, “far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

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About the Author
Larry Robinson has worked in the construction industry for over forty years. He has worked on everything from small houses to remodeling stores such as Safeway and Alvertsons. He has also worked on bigger commercial jobs like schools and hospitals. Robinson has three wonderful daughters and two granddaughters at the time.
He currently resides in Roseburg, Oregon, where he is still working in construction. He loves his work almost as much as his girls and a good day is either spent with them or on the job.

Stubborn Stanley* by Larry Jay Robinson
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Picture Book; $41; 66 pages; 978-1-4771-1385-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $51.99; 66 pages; 978-1-4771-1386-8
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-1387-5
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