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Illustrator: Carol W. Bryant, Author: Kathleen J. Shields, Illustrator: Leigh A. Klug   We are so happy to announce the publication of our 10th Hamilton Troll book, our second book award, for Best Educational Children’s Series, as well as our Hamilton Troll Curriculum. We have been hard at work creating and marketing this series. We…

Raccoons

Raccoons climb trees when they feel threatened. They also make their homes in old tree hollows (holes). Their eyes are surrounded by brown/black fur (mask). Raccoons have been known to clean their food. They are good at problem solving and can remember solutions for up to three years.

Frogs

Frogs don’t drink; they absorb water through their skin. The smallest known frog is about 1in long, and the largest known frog is about a foot long. There are over 4,000 frog species in the world, with only 88 of them in the United States

Rabbits

Rabbits are very social and need lots of love and attention Rabbits teeth grow continuously throughout their life. Rabbits ears help regulate their temperature.

Owls

Owls cannot chew their food because they do not have teeth. Instead, they swallow their food whole. When their food contains things they can’t digest, they regurgitate pellets (throw-up) Owls are unable to move their eyes which means they must turn their entire head to see in a different direction.

Armadillos

Armadillos are the only living mammals with armor-like shells. Armadillos are born as identical quadruplets (4 exact copies) Armadillos have poor vision, but they have a strong sense of smell.  They can smell up to 7 inches below the ground! Armadillos sleep for 18-19 hours a day and are active at night. Some armadillos can roll…

Beavers

Semi-aquatic, meaning they live in the water and walk on land. Beavers have thick fur and webbed feet for swimming. Beavers have large flat tails they use as paddles and packing mud on dams. Beavers have sharp teeth for gnawing on wood that grow back like fingernails. Beavers are herbivores, they eat wood and plants.

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second They tap holes in trees to find bugs to eat. They also drink tree sap and eat fruits, nuts and seeds. Woodpecker feet have toes that face front AND back so they can grip hold of anything (tree or pole)  

Squirrels

Squirrels can swivel their hind feet backwards They can jump about 4 feet high or about 9 feet horizontally They can run about 12 miles per hour

Skunks

Young skunks accidentally spray when they are afraid. Skunks have poor eyesight but excellent hearing and sight. They can run 10 miles per hour.  

Bees

Bees are colorblind? They can’t see the color RED Male drone bees can’t sting Some Bumble bee’s don’t live in hives most live in the ground. They only make enough honey to feed themselves.

Barney Bee is my favorite story so far!

I can relate to his eating problem, I love his spunky personality and the dedication to the Texas Wildflowers is an excellent touch! Thank you for writing such educational content. ~ June C.

I love the story and the illustrations are great.

I had a chance to read this book at a friend’s house and I have ordered copies for my young nieces. I love the story and the illustrations are great. You will fall in love with this Troll. Can’t wait for the next in series. ~ Christi

Hamilton Troll will charm the hearts of readers young and old.

Kathleen J. Shields has succeeded in creating an adorable character named Hamilton Troll who will charm the hearts of readers young and old. “Hamilton Troll Meets Pink Light Sprite” will not only capture your child’s imagination, it will also teach them to be brave like Hamilton when facing their problems. This whimsical, rhythmic tale is…

Skeeter is so adorable!

My heart went out to him when he sat there crying, embarrassed because he had sprayed everyone. But then when everyone came together to help him my heart just soared! You go Skeeter! ~ April

Great stories appeal to multiple generations and this one has.

This is a wonderful book. Great stories appeal to multiple generations and this one has. Kathleen Shields has let us all remember the magical time in our lives when our mystical friends reminded us of their ever present love and protection. ~ John A.

A school tutor

I am a tutor for our school district here in Lubbock, TX. I will be sure to take this book along to read with my Pre-K and Kindergarten students in the Fall. ~ Kelly T.

I laughed myself silly

I just recently read this story and laughed myself silly. He ate so many sweets he couldn’t fly! How many of us have felt that way before? Kathleen has carefully crafted the dreaded E-word (exercise) into a story children won’t mind reading. ~ Nan

He has not put it down since he got it.

Our little Logan loved the book. He has taken it to school, 3 years old, school. He has not put it down since he got it . He loves the little characters. His sister and I have been reading it to him every night. He can’t wait for the other books! ~ Annette T. &…

Delightful!

I have read your latest book about Hamilton and his friend Skeeter the Skunk, and find it delightful. I kept wondering how on earth you were going to pull it off. How could a skunk not smell? All kids know they stink, but then you handled it beautifully, even making the little fella socially acceptable!!…

Hamilton captured her imagination as she read and re-read the story aloud

I bought this book for my 8 year old granddaughter – a reluctant reader. I was happily surprised by her reaction. Hamilton captured her imagination as she read and re-read the story aloud, pointing out to me the definition of “transplant” inserted at the bottom of one page. She’s anxiously waiting on the next adventure….

I read the Hamilton Troll series and found them to be inspiring.

I read the Hamilton Troll series and found them to be inspiring. I particularly like the illustrations and how Kathleen chose to use some complex words for young readers but ensured to include a caption explaining terms in young readers terms. ~ Kathy U.

Charmingly illustrated narrative verse series for preschoolers

Children age 4 and up will enjoy learning about bees with Hamilton, and games like searching for Pink Light Sprite in the colorful illustrations will help keep reader interest high. The wildflower illustrations are authentic, while the characters of Hamilton and Barney are imaginatively presented against a natural wild prairie background. – Midwest Book Review