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This book is written with a tender humor and a genuine compassion for the importance of the feelings and emotions of a child.
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This little book is like iced tea on a hot day. It changes things inside of you.
Joyce Faulkner, Author of "In the Shadow of Suribachi," "Losing Patience," "For Shrieking Out Loud," and "USERNAME."

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Kindle Edition, 5 Edition, 66 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by R. Garcia
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Tahlia Newland
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nell, the little girl who is the star of these stories, is a delight. She thinks deeply about things and comes up with the kind of responses to situations that could only come from a young child. The stories take you back to a time when you, or perhaps your children, were very young. They embody the freshness of early childhood and show clearly the different perspective a child has on the world.

The author is an excellent writer. In these few short stories, he manages to draw Nell and her father
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Marilou George
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A delightful collection of short stories recounted by a father chronicling the explorations of his daughter Nell. Nell is a very thoughtful, contemplative and questioning little girl who sees things thru the eyes of childhood innocence. These stories will charm and mesmerize as you are engaged in each story from the father's point of view as well as Nell's point of view.

The stories contained in this book are:
The Sun Zebra
Bob The Intrepid Insectnaut
Raven - Lenore
The Meaningless Christmas Tree
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Sheila
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing


A lovely collection of short stories penned by a father, Rolando Garcia’s The Sun Zebra is sweet, interesting, soothing and fun. Where another adult might feel too old or too serious to play, this father sits down among the toys, runs around the playground, and allows his imagination to delight in his daughter’s mysteries. Can there really be a zebra on the farm? He’s willing to look—well, willing might be a strong word for it but he knows it’s probably his turn. Mother, father and daughter form
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Angela
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Version (free from author for honest review)


This is a book filled with short stories that will touch anyone who reads them! I am not normally a fan of books with short stories in them, I really don’t know why, I just like a book with longer plots I guess. This book however…I LOVED IT!!! This book is great for adults, kids, and adults that are still kids at heart. The stories in it were absolutely wonderful! I found myself smiling or chuckling through most of them and thinking how Nell,
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Latoya
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Thoughts: Imaginative and refreshingly magical. This is a collection of short story written by a father through the eyes of his child. The first story is the title of the book where little Nell is adamant that she has seen a zebra in the stables but once her parents get there all they see is a regular old horse. She is sad about it and wants to go back each day of until the final day something magical happens, they see the Sun Zebra. It is a book for adults but written in a child-like manner to ...more
Jeri Walker
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All well-crafted short stories should strive to make a single emotional impact on the reader. On that count, The Sun Zebra delivers. Rolando Garcia’s collection of five stories offers endearing glimpses into the little moments that can impart lasting life lessons when seen through the eyes of a child. Love is what connects and binds us to each other in this thing called life and in Garcia’s touching stories.

The title story not only effectively communicates a child-like sense of wonder, it also
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Penny
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my complete review visit Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind

The Sun Zebra by Rolando Garcia is a charming little anthology written by a father enchanted with his young daughter, an exploration into the vibrant world of a child's imagination. Only 66 pages long, it's a quick read as we encounter with little Nell a family farm awash in a vibrant sunset; a aeronautically challenged cicada, a balloon and a kindly ornithologist; a bold and intrepid squirrel invoking Edgar Allen Poe; a Charlie
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Lynn  Davidson
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Sun Zebra is a collection of five short stories written by R. Garcia. They are wonderful stories about the adventures in the life of a little girl, Nell, and her parents, and are told by her father. Perhaps this does not sound very intriguing, but don’t be fooled. Mr. Garcia writes with heart and humour, drawing the reader in as he cleverly tells his tale in an entertaining way, giving the reader the feeling of being there.

Five stories. Five adventures:

The Sun Zebra – after which the book
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Amie McCracken
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
The Sun Zebra by R. Garcia is a collection of stories told by a father about his young daughter and their daily antics. Five stories about extraordinary circumstances and the meaning behind them.

Garcia's writing captures the reader. I was drawn right into the story and was surprised with the outcome. The family connection I felt was strong but very natural. The characters felt real, flawed, beautiful, and surprising.

The stories were a little bit too soap-boxy. The morals were point blank told to
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Chantel Rhondeau
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a bit different from anything I've read. The stories revolve around the narrator and his family (especially his daughter, Nell, and her imagination). Each chapter is basically its own story and tells some part of their life. The stories seem to have a moral-type ending or something to ponder. I found them enjoyable, though this is not the usual sort of book I read.

My favorite story was the first, "The Sun Zebra," as I thought it really captured childhood and what we forget as we get
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Susan (The Book Bag)
I just loved the stories in this book. Nell is such a dear, sweet little girl who is so inquisitive and smart. I just fell in love with her. And her mother and father are awesome parents who nurture her, love her and encourage her.

There are five stories in The Sun Zebra and each one is more magical then the next. All of the stories take Nell's imagination and curiosity about the world to teach us grown-ups some life lessons. All of them are wonderful but I would have to say that The Sun Zebra
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
This very slim book (standing at about 66 pages) contains several very cute stories about Nell, a little girl, and her parents. This book definitely took me back to when I was little. When you're little, you think of all sorts of amazing things to explain the world around you. You have a true sense of wonder about everything. I think that in some cases, we lose that when we grow up. It makes me really sad. This book is about the stories that little kids tell about everything! Nell definitely has ...more
Mary
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A collection of short stories with unpredictable endings is a description of, The Sun Zebra. If anyone has ever read a review of mine, they know I value unpredictability as the key to great fiction.

The Sun Zebra is a perfect reminder for adults to open their minds and become kids again. To understand events, through the eyes of a child, is a wake-up call to the kid in all adults.

Each story is different, containing the elements of great writing. Nell is a precocious child, who possesses the
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Suzanne Rosenwasser
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the title story of this delightful ebook, "The Sun Zebra," author Pantomimic, takes the reader to Grandma's farm in Pennsylvania "located in a long valley between two sets of mountains...that turn the valley into an echo chamber where any loud noise bounces several times from one mountain to the other..." and where little Nell discovers a zebra. The author weaves a delightful tale, and if you have a kid in your family who likes bugs, as I have, "Bob the Intrepid Insectanaut!" is for you, and ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this collection of short stories. It was a quick read...I finished it in about an hour or two.


The stories were short but very sweet. The stories found in The Sun Zebra would make any parent smile while they are reading them...or even cry or laugh out loud.


My favorite story in this collection was "The Sun Zebra." It reminded me that we should cherish every moment we have with our children. We should listen to them - even if we think they are being
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Valentina
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely collection of stories written by a father about his adventures with his young daughter, Nell. It is definitely a heartwarming book.
There is a beautiful sense of wonder in these stories. They are told in a manner that is fresh and light, yet they carry many levels of meaning. They each have their own style but they all capture the reader’s attention from the first sentences. I did find that a few of them could have been a bit more subtle in revealing the author’s meaning, but for
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was such a dramatic change of pace from everything I've read recently that I was surprised by it. It was absolutely beautiful.

Told from the perspective of Nell's father, this collection of short stories are a perfect reminder that childhood is available to anyone brave enough to go out and take it. I felt like I had rediscovered childhood as an adult and came to realize that it is never out of reach. The stories emanate a warm, loving atmosphere conducive to creating smiles and
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Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
This collection of four stories are written from a father's perspective about his imaginative daughter, Nell. I found each story to be delightful and well-written! Each story was different and offered a unique perspective from a child's view and how she saw the world. I looked forward to each new story and I was not disappointed! These stories captivated my heart and my attention. It was a refreshing read for me and when I was finished I felt satisfied and happy! Mr. Garcia has a jewel on his ...more
Deborah
This is an enchanting book of short stories about a father and his daughter, often seen through the eyes of a child as well as the eyes of the father.

I loved this book. I loved all of the stories and it reminded me of my own children when they were little...and I look forward to similar adventures with my grandchildren.

The writing is clear, it is entertaining and the descriptions bring the story to life. The characters are enchanting. If they lived on my block, I would want to be friends with
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Irma Walter
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As dads and daughters go, we all know that there are love stories that could fill volumes. Phanto instead narrows his love down to four stories - - amazing stories, that is. While they seem randomly selected, biographically placed and factually narrated, the stories are extremely cohesive, leaving you with a tremendous sense of purpose. Each one starts out in an everyday setting tempting you to think: ahhh, darling pop loves his li'l princess... but don't be fooled. You might start out reading ...more
George Angus
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From my Amazon review:

This short collection of stories rings true to me. As a loving father of an 8 year old daughter, I can relate to the experiences and tough questions that arise from a fertile and curious young mind.

The stories tend to harken back to an easier time, when life was more of what I believe it was meant to be. The important things are emphasized as life's little lessons are looked at in the context of fathers, daughters and family.

If the day to day, over the top features of
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Sun Zebra is a charming book comprised of four memorizing tales told through a father's love of his child Nell, as she explores the world around her.

These charming tales will bring you back to your childhood as you watch Nell go on one imaginative adventure to the next.

They will truly make you smile and warm your heart.

This is a great book to read when you don't have a whole lot of time but want something that will make you smile and warm your heart, in fact, this would be a great summer
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Aniruddha Sastikar
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having known Rolando Garcia for the past 3 years and reading his works on SCRIBD; all I can say is “The Sun Zebra” is a wonderfully and lovingly written tales of a beautiful and innocent childhood. Each story amazingly captures – fun, love, humor, emotions, imagination, and surprises. Rolando has realistically portrayed feelings of us adults, when we are among children. I was emotionally sent back to my childhood days, while reading this book. I highly recommend reading “The Sun Zebra” at least ...more
Joseph
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of James Herriot's series of heart felt reminisces from his work as a veterinarian, R. Garcia takes us on a charming stroll through several joyful adventures he shared with his daughter Nell. Lovingly written, each tale shares their love, humor, and Nell's inventive and wonderful imagination. The collection brought back fond memories of my time with my own children, when youth brought out the marvels of a world full of surprises, puzzles and wonders. A lovely collection that all ...more
Wendy Hines
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Sun Zebra is a small book packed with a big message. Told in the viewpoint of the father through the eyes of his daughter, The Sun Zebra is a treat!

Through five different small stories, Nell will find a place in your heart. Only through the eyes of an innocent child can we see the magic. As we grow older, we become more jaded. But where we see horses, a child may see a zebra! Taking off the lenses, Garcia writes a delightful tale for all ages, that will inspire, charm, warm your heart and
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Rosa M.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am looking forward to reading many other things from this author! I thought this was a children's book, but it is actually a heartening, thoughtful reminder to keep the wonder in our lives, through the viewpoint of a brilliant, precocious child.

Mr. Garcia has a warm, inviting writing style, like the voice of a friend.

By the way, this is the first E-book I've read that was properly edited! Sentence structure, spelling, punctuation are all perfect. Shows the author's professional pride in his
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Robert MacNeil
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, Sun Zebra is a collection of heartwarming stories about events the lives of a father, mother, and their precocious daughter Nell. The stories are pleasant, funny, and delightful to read, but you quickly discover that they go much deeper than you anticipated when you first began reading them. Phantomimic writes with the voice of a poet and the heart of a philosopher. As you move from story to story, he takes you by the hand to examine some of the deepest issues of life. I ...more
Naomi
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this 67 page book about the author's daughter. While the stories were sweet, they were incredibly light without being corn syrup sweet. I read the book in less than 1/2 hour and, kicked back on the couch, because of how relaxing it was, it had capped off a very strenuous day of heavier duty reading and such. I loved that there were little hidden lessons behind the escapades of Lil Nell!
Lisa
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give a book five stars, since to me that means it was perfect, but this book earned that rating. It made me laugh, cry and ponder a great deal. Anyone that has an imaginative, sensitive child in their lives will enjoy this book tremendously. The book would also be enjoyed by those that appreciate the difference in the thought process between children and adults and are open to thinking like a child again.
Nadine Larter
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
A slightly strange read in that it is incredibly childlike but written in grown up language. The stories are really sweet though and I imagine if they were watered down significantly and then illustrated they could make decent books for children. I'm not quite sure who the target audience is otherwise. The stories are really great but a bit too childish for a grown up reader while also not written in a child-friendly language.
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Rolando Garcia is the eclectic writer who has written in the past under the pen name "Phantomimic". He was born in Cuba and lived in several Latin American countries before residing permanently in the United States. Along the way he obtained a Ph.D. in a biochemistry and produced several highly technical publications. However, one fine day he decided to fulfill his dream of writing something ...more
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