Bird Adventures for Kids!

Firdemonte Press has published two new children’s photo books! The first book, Little Birds for Little Kids , is designed for toddlers to KG age children and introduces baby birds and juveniles in large high quality color photos with a fun narrative. It is currently available on Blurb.com as a small square softcover. You can preview it by clicking the link above.

LittleBirdsforLittleKids

The second book, Adventures of the Salt Marsh Birds, is intended for bigger kids, from KG through Elementary school levels. It follows birds around the salt marsh where they live and introduces kids to the world of Ospreys, Spoonbills, Herons, Ducks, Owls and many other birds through almost 50 high quality photos. It is available in landscape softcover on Blurb.com, and you can preview it by clicking the link above.

AdventuresoftheSaltMarshBirds cover

These small books are great stocking stuffers for your kids or grandkids. They will learn to appreciate nature and the beauty of the avian world at an early age through these colorful feathered friends.

Should you want to buy these books in hardcover with an image wrap, please contact us by email.

New editions of these books will be available as interactive e-books on Kindle and as illustrated paperback books on Amazon before the holidays. They will be more affordable than these printed photobooks now sold at production price in the Blurb bookstore. Please stay tuned and take a peek!

 

 

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Happy National Dog Day!

Hiff everyone!

I just wanted to post a short greeting to wish all my furry friends, and their moms and dads a Happy National Dog day! I hope all my friends get some extra recognition today. Like chicken nuggets. Or like I did, some healthy exotic fruits. Mom knows I love mango and papaya, and that’s what I got for my midday snack.

exotic fruits

Life’s been treating me okay lately. Not great. Just okay. And I tell you why. You know, I have this Addison’s disease. And it requires a medicine that – while keeping me up and running for over three years now – gives me these small skin masses. They are not sticking out of my curly coat or anything like that, but they need to be removed every year when I go under to get my teeth cleaned. I had fifteen of them of them this year. Fifteen! Not too much fun.

Bumble with stiches2

And you should’ve seen how I looked. Fifteen shaved patches of skin with black stitches. Luckily I only met my guy friends in the first weeks after the surgery at the end of June. They thought I looked cool. I was the tough guy. Then my groomer cut my hair so short I was almost freezing in the Florida summer. And I looked more pinkish than brownish. He said it’d grow back evenly. And I’m happy to say he was right. I’m almost there now. Starting to feel myself again 🙂

Book Cover 1-100I have to run soon. It’s dinner time. I smell chicken! But I want to remind everyone that my book “Confessions of a Rescue Dog” makes a great gift and is available on Amazon everywhere. I’m happy to say it’s found its way to some school libraries this fall. And even happier to tell you that Mom has given every cent Amazon sends her to my homeless friends at the Humane Society shelter. And she will continue to do so every six months. I trust her.

I hope life’s treating you well. I wish you a great fall season without stitches. Remember to celebrate today! Love ❤ Bumble

Illustration in Confessions of the Rescue Dog

My Dream. A 33 lb Bag of Dog Food.

Hi there! This is Bumble again. The rescue dog with a blog and wry humor – according to a recent Editorial Review of my book. I admit my humor is a bit dry, or wry, but that’s me. You get what you see. I wish all humans were that way too. But I’ve learned that some people have many faces, like the woman in my first house. She could be so mean to me and my sister when we were alone in the house with her, but when she took us out or to the doctors, she put on another face. A loving human’s. And she lied out of her ears to always look good to others. Oh, well. With 20/20 hind sight, as mom always says, I’m happy the woman left us at the shelter that Christmas Eve many years ago. We both found our loving forever homes with the help of their wonderful staff.

Bumble the rescue dog

Thank you and nose kisses!

Anyway, enough about the past. It’s all in the book. The good and the bad, the humorous and the sad. I wanted to write this post ’cause I’m celebrating the nice review by offering the Kindle Edition of my book for 99 cents until Sunday, July 20th, on Amazon.com! I know, 99 moneys sounds a lot. But it’s 99 small moneys. Mom told me it’s less than one dollar. We can’t get even the smallest bag of dog treats for that money at Smart Pet. But now all pet loving humans can get a treat for 99 cents! I thought that if 100 people got the book now that it costs so little, we could provide a huge 33 lb bag of good quality dog food and a few small bags of treats for my friends still living in the shelter. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? So drive to the Kindle store. It’s not very far, only a click away. And thank you for spreading the word!

Lots of love, Bumble

Selfie! And Other Stuff.

Hi there. This is Bumble. I hope you are all doing good. I have to report on some interesting developments.

First, I went for a long walk in the nature reserve yesterday. I took mom along. She’s a nuisance with her camera. You see, I have to wait for her all the time. And she tells me not to scare off the birds. But I’m asking who is scaring who! This ibis bird scared us both. I promise. He was too loud!

ibis talking

We saw many birds, but I think they were mostly white today. Mom said they all got the memo, whatever that means. Anyway, I was looking for squirrels but couldn’t find any! I wonder if they had moved up north, like the snowbirds. Or if they were just napping after lunch?

All in all it was a very nice walk. I don’t do these long walks too much anymore, so I was completely pooped out when we came home! Mom took this picture of me when I jumped on the bed and tried to make myself comfortable at the head-board between the pillows. I look like I’m out of breath, and that’s the truth. I was still panting!

Bumble in bed

Second, I was experimenting with mom’s new laptop today. I’ve heard that taking selfies is so much in fashion now. Trending. So I used the front-facing camera and took this selfie! It’s not perfect, but here I go. I hope it’ll go viral. Maybe more people would get my book and support homeless animals 🙂

Bumble 2014 selfie

Take care now. Love always, Bumble

My Easter Adventure!

Hi everybody! This is Bumble again. I hope your Easter celebrations went well and that you found all the hidden eggs. I found only one. It was very good, but I had hoped the Easter Bunny would have hidden a few more eggs…I guess the Bunny was a bit lazy.

Me and mom last Saturday

Me and mom last Saturday

I also had quite an adventure on Easter Saturday when mom and I went to the Pet Hospital’s Open House! I sat there behind our Book Table with mom and could observe people come and go, many with their dogs in tow. I got nose kisses, including from huge dogs, and many small ones too. And many kids gave me hugs and petted me.

Many funny things happened. Like when people spun the lottery wheel and won a “nail trim” they looked at their nails and said “Thank you, I really need a trim”! But of course it was for their dog. Or when a family decided to do the tour of hospital facilities. They all went in, mom, pop, kids, grandma and dogs. But as soon as they got in they came out again! Their two dogs decided they didn’t want to visit a hospital after all. In that family the dogs were in charge. I smiled! Of course I’m in charge too, but try not to be so obvious about it. It’s better that way.

My book on the lottery table

My book on the lottery table

They had a nice table of snacks and drinks too. I got a piece of cheese! And they had this lottery table. People could win one of two luxury bath baskets for their pet. Or they could win one of my books!

All the monies went to Humane Society, and the big jar was really full of green at the end of the day. I also sold a few books and put the money in the lottery jar. All in all, it was a very successful day.

Have a great week. Love, Bumble

 

 

One More Confession

So we managed to get through yet another day. It was not too bad for a Thursday. But it’s almost nine o’clock and my bed is not ready. Sniff. I checked – it’s not there! Where is my blanket, you know the red Ralph Lauren, made in China? Did you wash it, mom?

I’ll need to call it a day soon. Dad’s already in the bathroom, but what is mom still doing? This gives me a slight suspicion that my wellbeing might be of a lesser priority…and we don’t want that. Our relationship is built on trust! Mom better bring my blanket now. Or is she still sour about the little incident today? She needs to let it go!

I’ve gotten into the habit of reflecting back on the day before I fall asleep. It’s useful. I can learn from my obvious mistakes. Like the one today when mom left for her meetings. I should’ve seen it coming. It will only take a while, dear. Right! I thought she was talking about mixing something delicious for me just because it’s Thursday. But the tone was not quite right. There was some quilt in it. And she spent too much time in the bathroom. At least 15 minutes, I sat behind the door. And then poff, she was out of the door. I should’ve been ready. You know I love car rides…the flapping of my ears in the wind. There’s nothing more enjoyable, almost. And I could’ve watched her car.

But mom just went. And she left the radio on, not the TV. I can’t stand classic rock, but love watching CNN. How could she forget, so into her work? Or she just didn’t care? Now, what was I supposed to do? Nothing to do, it was going to be so boooring. But then I discovered she had also forgotten to close her office door. Maybe she was getting mature? That would explain it.

Bumble waiting for mom ed

I was about to jump onto her chair to see if she’d also forgotten to close the computer, when a faint scent reached my nose. Sniff, sniff – it was ham, positive! There it was, a piece of her ham sandwich from this morning in the little wastebasket under the office table. It was well wrapped in layers of soft paper so I had to work hard to get at it, but it was worth it! There were some other interesting things too, but nothing more eatable. I checked.

The rest of the afternoon I was pretty much occupied. Tried to clean up a bit in mom’s office, brought a few things into the kitchen close to the large garbage bin, the one with a lid. Thought she’d appreciate my effort. And then I probably also dozed off a little before she finally came home.

I got a treat and a belly rub. Lovely to have mom home! But then she walked into the kitchen. I heard a high-pitched what have you done here? She should see what I’d done, I’d been cleaning! No thanks for my effort – mom just walked right into her office. More noises. I can’t hear you now…I’m under the bed. I started feeling guilty, but should I? I didn’t leave the sandwich in the waste basket and I didn’t forget to close the door…something’s not right. Or fair? Eventually she’d realize that too…I know my mom.

And she did. Love concurs all. Peace. Back rubs, belly rubs, a good dinner, a nice walk, more treats and a nice film sitting in her lap. Can one ask for more on a day towards the end of the week? Oh, I was in my thoughts, thanks mom for the blanket…I knew she’d bring it! It smells good, here you go mom, a nose kiss for good night.

All paws, sleep tight, sideways on the bed is good! Love Bumble

(Adapted from Bumble’s book “Confessions of a Rescue Dog”)

The Truth About Mom

Mom and I worked together on the book for a few months, but we also do many other things together. For example, yesterday she asked me to respond to a blog award she had received. This is what I wrote.

“Ok, here we go. I hope mom doesn’t read this, she promised not to…and since I can only count to five plus one, forgive me if the number of things is not exactly the right number according to all the rules:
•Mom is very old, I mean she must be. She has a grand-daughter. She is three and she loves me. We like sitting in the easy chair together.
•Mom calls me by so many different names that it’s easy to get confused (and get blamed for dementia), like “Pludi”, which apparently has something to do with Disney, “Liti” for small, and “Bumpy” which tells me she really can’t pronounce my name. Bumble – how difficult is that? She an immigrant, you know, so I forgive her.
•Mom likes to sit on the terrace and look out on the water. She usually reads and has a drink. I like to sit with her on the lounge chair and when she goes inside, I’ll try to taste her drink. Water with lemon? It’s anyone’s guess.


•Mom is addicted to her Kindle. She calls it “fire” but I don’t see any flames, just the hot pink leather covers. So maybe she means that there is fire inside? But where’s the smoke?
•Mom always says she’ll go to the gym, but most days she just plans to go. Planning is good, better than nothing, right? At least she goes on long walks with me when I plan them.
•Mom’s clothes are at least one size too small. Why do I say that? It is obvious. The treats that she can get into her pockets are far too few and far too small. If she wore right sized jeans, for example, the pockets would be much bigger, right?”

I don’t know if this was sufficient, but that’s all I had time to write. And there’s much more in my book.  Delicate details, not this flattering. Be good everybody!

A Message from Bumble, the Rescue Dog

“I’ve learned to trust again. I’ve learned to play again. I’ve conquered my fears. But most importantly, I’ve learned never to lose hope.” That’s Bumble’s message to his readers on the back of his new book “Confessions of a Rescue Dog“. He generously shares what he has learned and let’s the reader peek into his world through touching and often humorous observations.

Bumble plans his escape

Bumble plans his escape

Bumble hopes this book will be a heart-warming treat for pet lovers of ages 10-100, but more importantly, he hopes it will raise awareness and much needed funds to help more shelter animals find loving forever homes. He wanted to post another excerpt for you to read here. It’s about one of his favorite activities, visiting a small uninhabited island for a swim and a nice picnic:

“I love to go to this one particular island. It’s uninhabited and few people ever go there. It has shallow white beaches, and the sand is soft. My family likes the crystal clear water, and we spend hours snorkeling. This is where I also go into the water to swim and snorkel. It’s such a wonderful beach….Last time we were there we got a surprising visitor, completely unannounced. We were all swimming and suddenly mom was screaming. I thought she’d been bitten by a big fish, like a shark or something. I was ready to swim to her rescue!

Bumble goes swimming

Bumble goes swimming

Then I looked more carefully and saw a large dolphin. They are nice, intelligent animals and not fish. Mom had told me that earlier when we saw two of them swimming ahead of our boat. This one was swimming around mom, who was now standing waist deep in the water. She had been a bit scared when the dolphin first came to nudge her, but now she was delighted. The dolphin stayed with us for a while and then swam out to the ocean. The whole experience was very special.

Another thing that I love about these small outings is that we usually go out in the morning and return just before sundown. That means lunch on the beach somewhere, and I mean an excellent lunch on the beach. Mom never brings my bowl or my food, so I get what they get. Usually chargrilled chicken breasts or yummy sausages! I love the lunch time on these trips. I get pieces from everyone, and no one keeps a count. That’s what I call a picnic! I’m suggesting we make a small boating trip a regular feature in the weekend calendar, every week. No one would ever be bored.”

His book is now available on Amazon sites world-wide as a paperback and also on Kindle!

He hopes you’ll enjoy it!

Welcome! And How It All Started.

Dear reader, welcome to Firdemonte Press, a small newly established independent publishing house. Our first title will be available in February 2014, and two more titles later in 2014. Please join our mailing list to be the first to know about new releases and other exciting news.

Here is a bit of history on the first title:

OMG! He Did It!

Finally we are up for air, my writing partner and I. You see, last November right around NaNoWriMo time, Mister Bumble insisted that he wanted to write his story. He would call it ”Confessions of a Rescue Dog”. He asked me to type it since I’m a bit faster than him. When I hesitated, he went to his archives and brought me a quote. That did it.

Bumble borrowing laptop ed

The quote was written on a simple piece of white paper and it read: “Rescue animals aren’t broken. They’ve simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write… animals dealt a bad hand, but who responded with courage. Don’t pity a shelter animal. Adopt one! And be proud to have their greatness by your side.” -Anonymous

I thought his story was worth telling. In fact, it’s quite heart-warming and uplifting. So he started narrating and I started typing. And typing. For the whole month of November. Then came December and we both got busy with other things. I re-engaged in some income generating activities and Bumble concentrated on his work, namely protecting our home from shady characters. We made a few efforts towards editing the manuscript late at nights, but achieved little.

the manuscipt ed

The holidays came and went. The manuscript was covered by soft cushions in a corner of the sofa in my office. Until one day, when Bumble was digging there to make a bed for himself, it fell down on the floor. And I knew we had to finish the book.

We got to work. Reviewing, editing, reviewing again. Then one day great illustrations appeared in my inbox. My son had finalized the cover and several other images for the book. Now we just had to get to the finish line.

front cover framed (2)

So finally our joint labor is bearing fruit. 188 pages. Just before midnight yesterday, the book was submitted for publishing. Bumble did it! He wants to help other animals find loving forever homes so he committed us to donate a portion of the sales to the Humane Society’s shelter here at home. We have been there, seen all the dogs, cats and rabbits. It’s a large and well run no-kill shelter.

We’ll let you know when and where Bumble’s story will be available. When you read it, please remember not to take all his observations about me literally. While I think that he’s a fairly accurate analyst of human behavior, I have noticed that he tends to exaggerate a bit when I’m concerned.

♥ Helen and Bumble