TESTIMONIALS / REVIEWS 

Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen

Andrea Louise Ambler

Jerald Eugene Klocek

"I like the idea of having the kids write a book review. It goes with the 2nd grade standard of opinion writing."

Stacy Harris, Teacher, Second Grade, Webster Elementary School,

Malibu, California

"The Editing Process page is something I could print out for students to keep in

their writing folders to use as a checklist when they think they are done with their writing.

I love how each section opens with a beautiful quote about reading."

Pamela Held, Teacher, Second Grade,  Webster Elementary School,

Malibu, California

"Literature: the Book, the Place, and the Pen is an invaluable companion for veteran and beginning teachers alike. Its twelve resource-filled chapters are imbued with the authors' passion for making literature accessible and enjoyable for young learners, and this notably holds true for bringing the modern high school student into the world of Shakespeare."

 

Cage Morgan, 11th and 12th Grade English Teacher, Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar, California

“Your book catches the interest of teenagers and encourages

them to discuss [literature] and to use reflective thinking [and]

encourages me to read literature I never knew before.”

         Eleanor Ramrath Garner, Author

       Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl Living in Hilter’s  Germany

                                                    San Diego, California                                           

"Between the covers of this beautifully organized book, you will meet two talented wordsmiths who have combined years of hands-on experience to create something special for teachers and students. They will share exciting pathways into the world of literature and just perhaps, inspire you to become a wordsmith.

Adventure, fun and surprise will delight you along the way!"

LuNel LeMieux, Elementary School Counselor, BHUSD, Community Circle Coordinator,

The Maple Counseling Center,

Beverly Hills, California

"As the Director of The Beverly Hills Academic Tutoring Program for 31 years, I am always looking for creative ways to inspire writing. You need look no further than Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen.

Andrea Ambler and Jerald Klocek have produced an accomplished resource book that is full proof!  If you have a memoir or novel you always  wanted to write but don't feel confident  you have the tools to carry it off...look no  further. This step by step guide takes you through the writing process, the revising process and the editing process that will encourage any discouraged writer to take up their pen again."

Adrienne Weise, Director of The Beverly Hills Academic After School Tutoring Program 

Beverly Hills, California

" Andrea Ambler and Jerald Klocek brought their experience and love of teaching in this book and you can see their passion for literature throughout the chapters.  In the beginning of the book, you will see a welcome back to school letter to address the students on what they will be learning throughout the year.  It consists of an easy to follow writing process, revising process and editing process. It is not overwhelming for new writers but detailed for mature writers.We read aloud the book  which is a must for my dyslexic daughter. Throughout the book are assessments to understand how to assess the students work, but also gives the student an idea of how they need to perform.

It is a study of ... every genre and the titles suggested will not be a disappointment. It is a natural way of learning and building cohesiveness in adapting, exploring, learning and mastering the art of reading and writing in an explorative engaging method. "

Ash VoisineHomeschool Parent,

Alabama

"A great resource for my family! A highly researched and developed solid literature program. My youngest loved the inspiration and activity for first person point of view. She now has a new Author to search for at the library!."

Angela Peterson, Homeschool Parent,

Nebraska

"My family have really enjoyed using this literature resource. I found the first activity to be engaging. It has learners tracing their foot, add details, and then writing a short story in first person. The activity was fun but not only that it really helped my younger child understand the concept (and remember it!).

Great literature resource for learning about novels, short stories, poems, and more."

Nichole Hicks Goedeck,Homeschool Parent,

North Carolina

"This is a fantastic resource for homeschoolers. The book is engaging, easy to use, and well constructed. We love the thorough book lists for many different genres, incorporating fiction & non-fiction. Easy to follow activities & assignments. A great way to teach writing through a love of literature."

Martha Armbruster, Homeschool Parent,

Illinois

"I am homeschooling parent of a seventh grader and a ninth grader. We have been using this resource book for two months now. I have found it extremely useful! We have really enjoyed the literature suggestions as well as the tasks/activities. Our favorite section so far has been the “Something New… Something Extraordinary“. My girls have been working on creating their own novels and it’s been pure joy! "

Julia Reeb,Homeschool Parent,

New York

"A wonderful resource for a homeschooling parent like myself. Tons of lists of literature by genre and information on how to help your scholar write their own literature specific to those genres. It is evident throughout this guide that the authors are passionate about literature and writing and the desire to help teachers/homeschoolers follow their well thought out path in reading and writing! Kuddos! "

Julie BaniewiczHomeschool Parent,

Colorado

 "Top marks for originality and presentation. As a guide to the understanding of our great literary heritage, this captivating volume will most surely prove invaluable."

 

Duncan Wood,  Author, Musician

                                                               Edinburgh, Scotland

"I have homeschooled our children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. I have really enjoyed delving into your book just as I am embarking on a new school year with my two youngest children. Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen is a wonderful teaching resource book. I appreciate the way the book is organized, with excellent suggestions for how students can read, reflect on, and write about the various genres of literature. The lists of recommended reading for each type of literature at the end of each chapter are comprehensive, providing descriptions of each work so that even reluctant readers will certainly find something that sounds intriguing. I also love the beautiful and inspiring quotes found throughout the book! I am looking forward to implementing some of your lessons this year, especially the ones on poetry, which I have really been remiss in teaching!"

Lorraine Strittmatter, Homeschool Parent,

Buffalo, New York

"An ideal DIY curriculum textbook for both the classroom teacher and the homeschooling parent, "Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen" will prove to be an invaluable and appreciated acquisition. Highly recommended for community, school district, and college/university library Teacher Education collections."

- James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

Touching Gently, A Memoir

Charles Ivan Hargrove

"A great book about a fine gentleman and what it takes to be successful in life and business. Charles writes about his life experiences and lessons learned playing the game of golf. To be a good golfer, you must have commitment, dedication, patience, competitive attitude, and willingness to practice, practice, practice. Charles learned and practiced all these things, which made him a good friend, accomplished golfer, and a successful businessman."

~ James R. Hughes, Jr., President & CEO

Hughes Retirement Advisory Group

California

 

"Touching Gently  is more than a personal memoir; it is the autobiography of a time that may seem ancient history to many. His simple, direct style establishes a voice still audible to his contemporaries. The trials and tribulations of daily life are depicted in a tone that is indeed gentle – made more so by hope, humor, and acceptance of love, life and death without complaint.

 

As Charles’ fellow-‘swabbie’ in the United States Navy, I read with great delight his descriptions of his ship, USS Halsey Powell DD 686. As a Quartermaster, Charles sent signals – as a Gunner’s Mate, I fired guns. This is my twenty-one-gun salute of respect for his book."

~ Michael Fuller, PhD.

Author of Legacy

California

 

"A story of love and courage. The author engages the reader with his personal journey of life’s great joys woven in everyday challenges of being a caregiver for his wife. It chronicles the painful reality of watching the essence of his beautiful wife slowly disappear before his eyes. It also illuminates the plight of many primary caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s: what to do when the care giving burden becomes overwhelming."

~ Patricia Lungren Partridge, RN, BSN, MSG

Indiana

"Touching Gently is not only an autobiography but also a touching love story. It portrays Mr. Hargrove's simple but methodical journey to professional success. The book also conveys the wonderful journey through life with his wife Joan. Toward the end of her life, Charles faces caring for a wife with severe dementia. The story would be an inspiration for any present-day  caregivers. 

The book is a great read from both professional and personal perspectives." 

~ Elaine W. Wolfe, Retired Professor

 Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District 

California

"In these times of social turmoil, controversy, and uncertainty, Touching Gently  offers  a respite. It begins in a setting where family, work, and community were reliable, satisfying, and durable. Tracing its author's journey from a quiet small town to his experiences in the navy, marriage and family, and the boardroom of a major bank, this offers a thoughtful reflection on a lifetime at turns humorous, sobering, and hopeful."

~ Gary Von Euer, Editor

Illinois

"I absolutely loved Touching Gently. It made me laugh, cry and truly transported me to another era. The adventure of a drive from California to Missouri in the 1930s was palpable, and I felt the sacrifices of a young man in the navy leaving his beloved wife and daughter to serve his country. This was a thoughtful and profound memoir and I would recommend it to anyone as an example of a life lived with love and intention."

~ Jennifer L. Gershon, CFP

California

"In his bookTouching Gently: A Memoir, Charles Hargrove offers a delightful account that harkens back to a gentler and simpler time of life. Through his varied experiences and wisdom, he delightfully crammed a lifetime of memories into an easy to read, heartfelt book. In these troubling times, the wisdom offered is invaluable."

~ Christopher Magnuson, Professor

Pennsylvania

"The author's memoir is a wonderful example of a life well-lived: the diversity of his interests and experiences including golf, acting and a wonderful career in finance. Charles Hargrove is a true renaissance man."

~ Jack Surber, Vice President, Analyst Merrill Lynch

California

"Thank you for a heartwarming honest sharing of a life well-lived as a son, grandson, husband, parent, soldier, professional banker, and successful entrepreneur. Dedication to hard work and willingness to humbly grasp opportunities, while overcoming fear of the risks, produced much fruit in your life journey.

[You were] blessed with [a] talented and awesome wife [who] provided needed encouragement in troubled waters."

~ Caleb A. Strittmatter, Retired Director of Engineering, Lucent Technology

          North Carolina

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Touching Gently: A Memoir. What a wonderful gift the author gave his  children and grandchildren. I particularly liked reading about his adult years because it reminded me a great deal of my young married life. He also had an interesting career. He lived at a time when companies were rather paternalistic and you could move up the corporate world. This is almost non-existent today. I want to tell the author, "Thank you for a job well-done."

~ Ann  Picker Ed.D.

California

               

TESTIMONIALS / REVIEWS 

Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen

Andrea Louise Ambler

Jerald Eugene Klocek

"I like the idea of having the kids write a book review. It goes with the 2nd grade standard of opinion writing."

Stacy Harris, Teacher, Second Grade, Webster Elementary School,

Malibu, California

"The Editing Process page is something I could print out for students to keep in

their writing folders to use as a checklist when they think they are done with their writing.

I love how each section opens with a beautiful quote about reading."

Pamela Held, Teacher, Second Grade,  Webster Elementary School,

Malibu, California

"Literature: the Book, the Place, and the Pen is an invaluable companion for veteran and beginning teachers alike. Its twelve resource-filled chapters are imbued with the authors' passion for making literature accessible and enjoyable for young learners, and this notably holds true for bringing the modern high school student into the world of Shakespeare."

 

Cage Morgan, 11th and 12th Grade English Teacher, Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar, California

“Your book catches the interest of teenagers and encourages

them to discuss [literature] and to use reflective thinking [and]

encourages me to read literature I never knew before.”

         Eleanor Ramrath Garner, Author

       Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl Living in Hilter’s  Germany

                                                    San Diego, California                                           

"Between the covers of this beautifully organized book, you will meet two talented wordsmiths who have combined years of hands-on experience to create something special for teachers and students. They will share exciting pathways into the world of literature and just perhaps, inspire you to become a wordsmith.

Adventure, fun and surprise will delight you along the way!"

LuNel LeMieux, Elementary School Counselor, BHUSD, Community Circle Coordinator,

The Maple Counseling Center,

Beverly Hills, California

"As the Director of The Beverly Hills Academic Tutoring Program for 31 years, I am always looking for creative ways to inspire writing. You need look no further than Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen.

Andrea Ambler and Jerald Klocek have produced an accomplished resource book that is full proof!  If you have a memoir or novel you always  wanted to write but don't feel confident  you have the tools to carry it off...look no  further. This step by step guide takes you through the writing process, the revising process and the editing process that will encourage any discouraged writer to take up their pen again."

Adrienne Weise, Director of The Beverly Hills Academic After School Tutoring Program 

Beverly Hills, California

" Andrea Ambler and Jerald Klocek brought their experience and love of teaching in this book and you can see their passion for literature throughout the chapters.  In the beginning of the book, you will see a welcome back to school letter to address the students on what they will be learning throughout the year.  It consists of an easy to follow writing process, revising process and editing process. It is not overwhelming for new writers but detailed for mature writers.We read aloud the book  which is a must for my dyslexic daughter. Throughout the book are assessments to understand how to assess the students work, but also gives the student an idea of how they need to perform.

It is a study of ... every genre and the titles suggested will not be a disappointment. It is a natural way of learning and building cohesiveness in adapting, exploring, learning and mastering the art of reading and writing in an explorative engaging method. "

Ash VoisineHomeschool Parent,

Alabama

"A great resource for my family! A highly researched and developed solid literature program. My youngest loved the inspiration and activity for first person point of view. She now has a new Author to search for at the library!."

Angela Peterson, Homeschool Parent,

Nebraska

"My family have really enjoyed using this literature resource. I found the first activity to be engaging. It has learners tracing their foot, add details, and then writing a short story in first person. The activity was fun but not only that it really helped my younger child understand the concept (and remember it!).

Great literature resource for learning about novels, short stories, poems, and more."

Nichole Hicks Goedeck,Homeschool Parent,

North Carolina

"This is a fantastic resource for homeschoolers. The book is engaging, easy to use, and well constructed. We love the thorough book lists for many different genres, incorporating fiction & non-fiction. Easy to follow activities & assignments. A great way to teach writing through a love of literature."

Martha Armbruster, Homeschool Parent,

Illinois

"I am homeschooling parent of a seventh grader and a ninth grader. We have been using this resource book for two months now. I have found it extremely useful! We have really enjoyed the literature suggestions as well as the tasks/activities. Our favorite section so far has been the “Something New… Something Extraordinary“. My girls have been working on creating their own novels and it’s been pure joy! "

Julia Reeb,Homeschool Parent,

New York

"A wonderful resource for a homeschooling parent like myself. Tons of lists of literature by genre and information on how to help your scholar write their own literature specific to those genres. It is evident throughout this guide that the authors are passionate about literature and writing and the desire to help teachers/homeschoolers follow their well thought out path in reading and writing! Kuddos! "

Julie BaniewiczHomeschool Parent,

Colorado

 "Top marks for originality and presentation. As a guide to the understanding of our great literary heritage, this captivating volume will most surely prove invaluable."

 

Duncan Wood,  Author, Musician

                                                               Edinburgh, Scotland

"I have homeschooled our children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. I have really enjoyed delving into your book just as I am embarking on a new school year with my two youngest children. Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen is a wonderful teaching resource book. I appreciate the way the book is organized, with excellent suggestions for how students can read, reflect on, and write about the various genres of literature. The lists of recommended reading for each type of literature at the end of each chapter are comprehensive, providing descriptions of each work so that even reluctant readers will certainly find something that sounds intriguing. I also love the beautiful and inspiring quotes found throughout the book! I am looking forward to implementing some of your lessons this year, especially the ones on poetry, which I have really been remiss in teaching!"

Lorraine Strittmatter, Homeschool Parent,

Buffalo, New York

"An ideal DIY curriculum textbook for both the classroom teacher and the homeschooling parent, "Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen" will prove to be an invaluable and appreciated acquisition. Highly recommended for community, school district, and college/university library Teacher Education collections."

- James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

"Educators of fine literature, Andrea L. Ambler and Jerald E. Klocek, have put together an excellent resource guide to help English teachers everywhere with ideas, directions, and means to encourage the young mind to appreciate and enjoy fine writing. Literature – the Book, the Place and the Pen: A Teaching Resource Book is an excellent, well-organized guide to teaching young people the importance of literature in all its forms - short stories, novels, non-fiction, drama, and poetry - and to encourage them to love reading. It includes step-by-step resources, writing tasks, reading and writing activities, suggested reading lists, informative background on multiple genres as well as assignments to open the minds of young readers to the power of the written word. This little guide book is filled with valuable resources for all grade levels."

 5 Stars Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Touching Gently, A Memoir

Charles Ivan Hargrove

"A great book about a fine gentleman and what it takes to be successful in life and business. Charles writes about his life experiences and lessons learned playing the game of golf. To be a good golfer, you must have commitment, dedication, patience, competitive attitude, and willingness to practice, practice, practice. Charles learned and practiced all these things, which made him a good friend, accomplished golfer, and a successful businessman."

~ James R. Hughes, Jr., President & CEO

Hughes Retirement Advisory Group

California

 

"Touching Gently  is more than a personal memoir; it is the autobiography of a time that may seem ancient history to many. His simple, direct style establishes a voice still audible to his contemporaries. The trials and tribulations of daily life are depicted in a tone that is indeed gentle – made more so by hope, humor, and acceptance of love, life and death without complaint.

 

As Charles’ fellow-‘swabbie’ in the United States Navy, I read with great delight his descriptions of his ship, USS Halsey Powell DD 686. As a Quartermaster, Charles sent signals – as a Gunner’s Mate, I fired guns. This is my twenty-one-gun salute of respect for his book."

~ Michael Fuller, Ph.D.

Author of Legacy

California

 

"A story of love and courage. The author engages the reader with his personal journey of life’s great joys woven in everyday challenges of being a caregiver for his wife. It chronicles the painful reality of watching the essence of his beautiful wife slowly disappear before his eyes. It also illuminates the plight of many primary caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s: what to do when the care giving burden becomes overwhelming."

~ Patricia Lungren Partridge, RN, BSN, MSG

Indiana

"Touching Gently is not only an autobiography but also a touching love story. It portrays Mr. Hargrove's simple but methodical journey to professional success. The book also conveys the wonderful journey through life with his wife Joan. Toward the end of her life, Charles faces caring for a wife with severe dementia. The story would be an inspiration for any present-day  caregivers. 

The book is a great read from both professional and personal perspectives." 

~ Elaine W. Wolfe, Retired Professor

 Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District 

California

"In these times of social turmoil, controversy, and uncertainty, Touching Gently  offers  a respite. It begins in a setting where family, work, and community were reliable, satisfying, and durable. Tracing its author's journey from a quiet small town to his experiences in the navy, marriage and family, and the boardroom of a major bank, this offers a thoughtful reflection on a lifetime at turns humorous, sobering, and hopeful."

~ Gary Von Euer, Editor

Illinois

"I absolutely loved Touching Gently. It made me laugh, cry and truly transported me to another era. The adventure of a drive from California to Missouri in the 1930s was palpable, and I felt the sacrifices of a young man in the navy leaving his beloved wife and daughter to serve his country. This was a thoughtful and profound memoir and I would recommend it to anyone as an example of a life lived with love and intention."

~ Jennifer L. Gershon, CFP

California

"In his bookTouching Gently: A Memoir, Charles Hargrove offers a delightful account that harkens back to a gentler and simpler time of life. Through his varied experiences and wisdom, he delightfully crammed a lifetime of memories into an easy to read, heartfelt book. In these troubling times, the wisdom offered is invaluable."

~ Christopher Magnuson, Professor

Pennsylvania

"The author's memoir is a wonderful example of a life well-lived: the diversity of his interests and experiences including golf, acting and a wonderful career in finance. Charles Hargrove is a true renaissance man."

~ Jack Surber, Vice President, Analyst Merrill Lynch

California

"Thank you for a heartwarming honest sharing of a life well-lived as a son, grandson, husband, parent, soldier, professional banker, and successful entrepreneur. Dedication to hard work and willingness to humbly grasp opportunities, while overcoming fear of the risks, produced much fruit in your life journey.

[You were] blessed with [a] talented and awesome wife [who] provided needed encouragement in troubled waters."

~ Caleb A. Strittmatter, Retired Director of Engineering, Lucent Technology

          North Carolina

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Touching Gently: A Memoir. What a wonderful gift the author gave his  children and grandchildren. I particularly liked reading about his adult years because it reminded me a great deal of my young married life. He also had an interesting career. He lived at a time when companies were rather paternalistic and you could move up the corporate world. This is almost non-existent today. I want to tell the author, "Thank you for a job well-done."

~ Ann  Picker Ed.D.

California

 This is a fun tale of growing up with solid family values, good parenting, career success, and meeting the love of one's life! The 50's turned  into the golden years -[the] best [of] times!  And Charles was able to move up the career ladder successfully. Charles and Joan lived as true soul mates. The ending is a sad surprise that I will leave for readers. I did not want this story to end!

~ Linda Smith, Investor

Ohio

                                                         

I read [this memoir] immediately and enjoyed it immensely. To me it was “old-fashioned” in the best sense of that term. [His] is a life fashioned by all the old decent values—kindness being at the forefront, it seemed to me.

 

[Charles] described in the book on more than one occasion the seemingly random nature of what happened to [him]—which occasionally turned [his] life turned upside down. But [Charles] gave me a verbal gift for the next time such reversals happen to ME.  I’m simply going to cry out, as the CEO-amateur-pilot Fletcher Jones did: “Hell, I’m inverted!” I had a big laugh about that—poor guy.

 

 I plan to lend [this book] to others who will appreciate it as I did.

~ Elliot Engel, Ph.D.

North Carolina