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The Water goats and other troubles   By: (1869-1937)

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"The Water Goats and Other Troubles" by Ellis Parker Butler is an enchanting collection of short stories that seamlessly blend humor, wit, and a touch of fantasy. Through these tales, Butler takes readers on a whimsical journey where ordinary events are elevated to extraordinary levels.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Water Goats." The protagonist, Mr. Wiseman, is introduced as a man who leads a monotonous life, lacking excitement and adventure. However, when he accidentally discovers a magical herd of water goats, his life takes an unexpected turn. Butler's skillful storytelling brings these mythical creatures to life, captivating readers with their mischievous nature and their ability to grant unexpected wishes. As Mr. Wiseman navigates the complex world of water goats, the story unveils a deeper message about seizing opportunities and embracing the unknown.

Butler's writing style is both accessible and engaging, allowing readers of all ages to immerse themselves in these tales. His ingenious use of wordplay and humorous situations adds to the overall charm of the book. Each story is carefully crafted, ensuring that readers are drawn into the narrative from the very first page. Whether it's the sly banter between characters or the unexpected twists and turns, Butler's storytelling prowess shines through.

The collection also showcases Butler's versatility as an author. From the lighthearted antics of water goats to the more thought-provoking stories like "The Troublesome Grandfather," the book offers a well-rounded reading experience. The author effortlessly transitions between genres, proving his ability to capture various emotions and themes.

What truly sets "The Water Goats and Other Troubles" apart is the underlying messages and lessons that are subtly woven into each story. Whether it's finding joy in unexpected places or learning the importance of compassion and empathy, Butler seamlessly integrates these themes into his narratives without being preachy. This makes the stories resonate on a deeper level, leaving readers reflecting on their own lives long after they have finished the book.

In conclusion, "The Water Goats and Other Troubles" is a delightful collection of short stories that showcases Ellis Parker Butler's talent as a storyteller. From the witty dialogue to the enchanting world-building, this book is a delightful escape from reality. With its blend of humor, fantasy, and profound life lessons, this collection is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Whether you are looking for a brief escape or a thought-provoking read, this book is an absolute treasure.

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By Ellis Parker Butler

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"And then," said the landscape gardener, combing his silky, pointed beard gently with his long, artistic fingers, "in the lake you might have a couple of gondolas. Two would be sufficient for a lake of this size; amply sufficient. Yes," he said firmly, "I would certainly advise gondolas. They look well, and the children like to ride on them. And so do the adults. I would have two gondolas in the lake."

Mayor Dugan and the City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole to receive the report of the landscape gardener and his plan for the new public park, nodded their heads sagely.

"Sure!" said Mayor Dugan. "We want two of thim of thim gon thim gon "

"Gondolas," said the landscape gardener. "Sure!" said Mayor Dugan, "we want two of thim. Remimber th' gondolas, Toole."

"I have thim fast in me mind," said Toole. "I will not let thim git away, Dugan."

The landscape gardener stood a minute in deep thought, looking at the ceiling... Continue reading book >>

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