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Brave Tiny!

Updated on October 30, 2014

Brave Tiny, the book!

Brave Tiny is a book that I wrote during the 2012 National Novel Writing Month. It is a story about a little killdeer at Blue Lake (which is shaped like a turkey's foot) and all his adventures. In the end, Tiny saves the day. I based this story on a real killdeer family and the animals that live around him. I hoped to entertain as well as educate people about killdeer and other wildlife.

Tiny makes friends with several ducks and those friendships are critical to Tiny saving the day. The other killdeer think Tiny's friendship with the ducks is strange because ducks can eat baby killdeer, or they're just rude. But, all the ducks like and respect Tiny because he sees them differently and is not prejudiced by what the other killdeer say about them.

Tiny finds a mate and travels a bit, but not that far from his home and returns there when trouble arises with his brother and other members of his family.

When I wrote this book, I aimed for children in about fourth or fifth grade. But, the book may be a bit technical and detailed for some readers. There are also several illustrations, done by me, throughout the book. The painting on the cover was also done by me and all the drawings inside were done by regular or colored pencil.

Though the main link on this page is to the paperback version, Brave Tiny is also available on Kindle format. Those with Amazon Prime can probably download it for free. The books is available worldwide. I am planning a new edition, but don't have any idea, at the moment, when that edition will be completed and published. So, now is your best chance to read the very first edition.

Here is a link to Brave Tiny, the kindle edition. If you have Amazon Prime, you may be able to download and read this for free.

Brave Tiny
Brave Tiny

Brave Tiny is a story about how a killdeer chick grows up and saves the day.

 

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Real Life Tiny and Ruthie, his mate.Real life Tiny as a chick.  He was getting bitten by ants when he hid from me.  I picked him up, brushed the ants off, and moved him to a safe spot.One of the drawings of Tiny in the book done in graphite.Queen Sheba and her entourage, some of the ducks in the book.  I did this drawing in colored pencil.  Queen Sheba was based on a duck named Oreo.
Real Life Tiny and Ruthie, his mate.
Real Life Tiny and Ruthie, his mate. | Source
Real life Tiny as a chick.  He was getting bitten by ants when he hid from me.  I picked him up, brushed the ants off, and moved him to a safe spot.
Real life Tiny as a chick. He was getting bitten by ants when he hid from me. I picked him up, brushed the ants off, and moved him to a safe spot. | Source
One of the drawings of Tiny in the book done in graphite.
One of the drawings of Tiny in the book done in graphite. | Source
Queen Sheba and her entourage, some of the ducks in the book.  I did this drawing in colored pencil.  Queen Sheba was based on a duck named Oreo.
Queen Sheba and her entourage, some of the ducks in the book. I did this drawing in colored pencil. Queen Sheba was based on a duck named Oreo. | Source

What did you think? Update on the real Tiny.

Hi everyone! Have you looked at any part of Brave Tiny? If so, how did you like it? I'm sure it needs improvement, so give me a hand and tell me what you would like to see in the story.

Tiny is still alive and lives up at SDSU, a college between where I live and the lake where the story is based at. I think I just heard him calling and flying around. His brother, Killer, is also still at the lake, but is rarely seen anymore. His children and grandchildren can be seen from time to time. George was recently seen with Martha, which is unusual. Killdeer pairs rarely stay together more than three years and they have been together longer than that.

About National Novel Writing Month

I may start a whole new hub on this subject. National Novel Writing Month takes place each November. You goal is to write at least 60,000 words to win several prizes including print copies of your books and discounts on consulting and other author help. I've found that writing about 2000 words a day worked for me. Don't worry about editing, you do that later. Your main concern is reaching that goal.

If you have a story bursting out of you, like I did with Brave Tiny, National Novel Writing Month is a great motivation to get your ideas down in words.

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    • Shorebirdie profile imageAUTHOR

      Shorebirdie 

      4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Thanks! I enjoyed watching the families at the lake. Tiny is actually still around, he hangs out at San Diego State University in their fields. I think his mate, Ruthie, is still with him. I haven't seen George for almost a year, but I think Tiny's brother is still around.

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      Janis 

      4 years ago from California

      I really like the idea that it's based on real animals.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Sounds like a good book. Congratulations!

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      RinchenChodron 

      4 years ago

      Wow, I'm impressed. Someday perhaps I'll write a book - on my to do list.

    • Shorebirdie profile imageAUTHOR

      Shorebirdie 

      4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @Ruthi: Thanks! I'm currently in the process of revising the book and making it easier for kids to read. It's taking me a loooong time, so I don't know when I will put out a new edition. The story will remain exactly the same, though.

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      I took a look inside Brave Tiny and enjoyed every bit you shared at Amazon! I especially enjoyed the antics of George distracting the Human from his little ones.

    • Shorebirdie profile imageAUTHOR

      Shorebirdie 

      4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Thanks everyone! I'm currently putting a little book together about Pepper the duckling, too. I will put a lens up when I have it all completed. I'm getting feedback from people on the proof right now.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I love how your book is educational. Not many authors could also illustrate their own book. Bravo to you! Wishing you ongoing success and fulfillment in all your artistic endeavors.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      I did, and it looks like both an educational and entertaining story. In a couple more years, my oldest grandchild will be ready for this book. Thank you for sharing it, and congratulations on its publication.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It looks like a wonderful book! How impressive that you can do your own drawings too. I hope it's a big hit!

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      SteveKaye 

      4 years ago

      Congratulations on writing this beautiful book. I wish you the best with it.

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      Oh, this is great - I remember your article about Oreo. Pinning this gem to a few of my boards.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      What a lovely book and story. I hope it does very well. You are so talented and blessed to have been able to do the artwork yourself.

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