“Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too”

RB and TT color cover draft sample_rb_pg01rb_pg03_sampleFinal Pre-color sketch RB and TT T Sleeping rb_pg03b

rb_pg02Here are some excerpts and illustrations from my second children’s book. It’s titled “Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too”. It is scheduled for release at the end of September, and will be a part of my Kickstarter Crowd-sourcing campaign (which could begin as early as next week.)

Before Thomas could think or say a word
“A family’s in trouble!” is what he heard.
Rusty Bear pointed to a nest up high.
“Mama bird is sick and too weak to fly.
She has three hungry babies that she can’t feed;
Please help me to help this family in need.
Their nest is falling apart from the wind.
She’s scared her nest won’t keep her chicks in.”
Thomas said, “We’ll find food and rebuild their nest.”
They worked real fast and didn’t stop to rest.
Thomas found the food he knew most birds eat:
Worms and bugs that would be a tasty treat.

But that towering tree looked very tall.
They became quite afraid that they might fall.
They had to be brave to get the job done.
So they faced their fears every single one.

When Thomas’ hand began to lose its grip,
Rusty Bear helped him so he wouldn’t slip.
And when one of his big paws missed a limb,
Thomas was right there to help steady him.



About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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20 Responses to “Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too”

  1. utesmile says:

    Love it! and great illustrations too. It will be a success!

  2. ahh working together to help others…great life lesson!

  3. bulldog says:

    This just has to be a success… well done.. I love what I see here…

  4. Lady Lovely says:

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to read the final product.

    • russtowne says:

      I’m glad you like it! Thank you for letting me know. The video to launch the Kickstarter campaign was filmed minutes ago and will be edited over the next few days.

  5. willowdot21 says:

    It is just wonderful! xxxx

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Willow. A team of 4 professional book publishing people (and little old me)have come together to help make this book something I’m proud of, and so far we’re under budget and ahead of schedule. Miracles sometimes really do happen!

  6. Oh Russ I love it… not that I could do it but I think it is such a worthwhile thing.. to create books full of goodness and kindness and interesting for the children to read Diane

  7. Woo I like the story is great the pictures realy go with the story and look maverllous

  8. Dear Russ! This is just the kind of book that I would love to sit down and read with my son. I love the rhyming and best of all the message of the story. A wonderful book for parents, children and teachers and a great way to introduce virtues, compassion and friendship to a child. It is a gem. So very proud of your work!! Hugs, Sharon

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your delightful comment, Sharon. It brightened up a day that had been becoming especially challenging. I appreciate the welcome change!


  9. Kristi says:

    Such a cute story! Well done Russ! 🙂

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