We Live in a Jungle
About the Book
There is a land called the Jungle Kingdom. It was once a paradise where the strong and the weak could live together without fear. Then suddenly, and without warning, a few of the strongest Creatures became predators. With each passing year, their numbers increased, now dominating the land. Today, they are known as the Meat Eaters.
A young and precocious Rabbit, named “Rapid” Roberta, is determined to save the kingdom from the increasing numbers of the Meat Eaters. To do so, Roberta will need to overcome her own inner “demons” and the forces of Nature.
With her courageous effort to save the kingdom from the Meat Eaters, Roberta must find Cyrus the Great Horned Owl, who is considered the wisest and most compassionate Creature who has ever lived. To find Cyrus, Roberta must journey through the Dark Forest, which is under the shroud of a deadly curse.
Also challenging Roberta’s hopes of regaining their lost paradise, is the vicious, outlawed Tiger and the enraged Cheetah, the fastest Creature in the kingdom, who has threatened to have Roberta’s fury hide. Then, too, there are the giant-sized Gorillas, the majestic King Lion and his Golden Horde, and Queen Cobra, known as the Mean Queen.
With a zealous desire to fulfill her quest, Roberta will meet Tiny, a shy and cautious Turtle, who would rather stay in his shell than enter the Dark Forest. When they discover that there is some one “above” and “beyond” their Cyrus the Great, they are devastated.
This story seems to have a dark side. However, it is subdued by the love, compassion, and humor found on almost every page. Throughout the story, there are twists and turns, and a mystery that will keep the readers guessing: (With the qualities of love, compassion, and awareness,) who is The Elder that is above all living Creatures? And the primary question is: What actions are taken by The Elder in an effort to overcome the threat of the Meat Eaters?
About the Author
Since 1952, I have taken a variety of college courses in history and psychology that have given me a keen understanding of human nature. This knowledge, plus an awareness of my inner ability to communicate complex ideas and events, provides me with a sound foundation to write We Live in a Jungle and the next four books that will soon follow. (Also I have a good thesaurus.)
I graduated from San Diego State College in 1958 and then, several years later, I completed my masters in health education and history. Besides teaching high school (1958–1991), I also taught psychology with the San Diego Adult Program from 1977 to 1997.
I live in sunny San Diego where it never rains. Well, almost never. Only at night, if it dares. I live alone with a broken TV. This gives me extra time to write, which I am enjoying immensely. Today, writing has become my “fountain of youth.” I truly enjoy spending time with my youngest son and his family of four, including my two grandchildren. (I also ride my bike daily, spend quality time at the gym, and plan to do some swimming this summer.)