BY: ALLEN HANSON

Uncle Allen’s Tales is a collection of fables, each with a moral. Journey through life’s dilemmas with the colorful animals that race, waddle, and leap through these pages! From a fast-footed kangaroo to a smart-mouthed moose, each creature has a story to tell and a lesson to teach. These intriguing characters will tickle the imagination and teach simple truths, ones that children and adults face every day. Inside are thirty charming and entertaining stories that children of all ages will love!

TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Uncle Allen’s Tales by Allen Hanson, we have a modern-day version of Aseop’s Fables. With short, charming stories featuring loveable animal characters, Hanson both educates and entertains. Each story as a moral, and each one is different, a delightful collection of intriguing and engaging tales that will hold your interest and maybe even teach you a thing or two.

A natural teacher as well as an accomplished storyteller, Hanson boils down the gist of life’s little problems and takes us on a journey with Freda the Frog, Bobby the Bear, Terry the Tiger, and many more, making everyday lessons fun and meaningful. This is a book that both the young and the young at heart will love.

REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Uncle Allen’s Tales by Allen Hanson is a children’s book of fables. With thirty short stories, filled with adorable animal characters, children can learn lessons about life, growing up, and fitting in with society in a way that they will remember all their lives. A perfect book for parents to read bedtimes stories to their children from, the book can also do double duty as a child’s first reader. Children will enjoy romping with Samantha the Salmon as she makes a total fool out of herself, trying to be politically correct instead of listening to her elders about the dangers of life at sea, or hopping around with Freda the Frog as they all learn that sometimes you have to do what you’re told first and ask why later.

With these cute, charming, and often poignant stories, Hanson manages to instruct without being preachy and entertain while still getting the point across. And the clever illustrations will delight children of all ages, even those who can’t yet read.

Chapter 10

Freda the Frog

Once upon a time, in a small pond in the woods, there lived a nice young frog named Freda. Freda lived in that pond with her parents, her brothers and sisters, and several bachelor uncles and maiden aunts. During the day, they swam lazily around the pond, eating bugs for breakfast and hiding from the noonday sun under the lily pads.

In the evening, they used to sing together while hunting for mosquitoes and crickets to eat. Dad and the uncles would call with deep “CHUGGERUM”s and Mom and the aunts would respond with tenor “CHUGGEREE”s, with the children chirping along as best they could. It was a joyous and peaceful life.

Occasionally, danger, in the form of a snake or hawk, would appear at the pond.

When one of the adults saw or smelled a predator, the adult would croak “CHUGAROO!” When the children heard the warning, they would swim as fast as they could to the big lily pad in the center of the pond, where they would hide until the danger passed.

As she grew older, Freda got into the habit of questioning her parents and aunts and uncles, asking them “Why” when they told her to do something. This became a problem, because the adults sometimes couldn’t explain to Freda why she should do something at the time. Often, the question “Why?” must be explained with examples rather than words.

Freda became frustrated, too, because she wasn’t getting her questions answered.

One day she heard her uncle Herbie give a deep “CHUGAROO!”

While her brothers and sisters swam to the big lily pad, she stood on the shore and asked “Why should I go to the lily pad? I don’t see anything!”

“Freda, you need to swim to the lily pad right now!” her dad said.

“Why?” Freda said. “I like it here where I am, and I’m not moving until you answer my question.”

Finally, Freda saw a garter snake coming toward her. She tried her best to swim to the lily pad, but the snake could swim faster than she could.

Just as the garter snake was about to catch her, she saw her dad and several of her uncles charge the snake, to distract it so that Freda could get to the safety of the lily pad.

Her father and uncles paid a price for risking their lives on Freda’s behalf. All of them were cut up by the snake’s scales and teeth, and Freda’s Uncle Fred lost a toe when the snake bit it off in the midst of the struggle.

Freda, her mother, and her aunts patched up the brave, battered male frogs with ointment and Barbie Band-Aids. Fortunately, Uncle Fred’s toe grew back before winter set in.

And Freda learned that grownups who love you will often tell you to do things without telling you why. If that happens, obey them.

Later, if you still don’t understand why, you can ask them, and they will be happy to explain everything you want to know.

© 2016 by Allen Hanson