A BRIEF NOTE FROM THE
Sometimes across the
editor’s desk comes a manuscript that has
potential, in writing, in style, in
storyline or plot. Each book we read has
its own unique perspective and is, more
often than not, a huge adventure and
unexplored territory of originality.
We, at Saga Books,
enjoy working with the author to explore
their own mindscapes to achieve the best
from their own work.
It is however very
rare that a book reaches us in such pristine
fashion as ‘Christopher Bullfrog Catcher ‘
Kudos goes to you,
Christopher for your talent and ingenuity,
and thank you for bringing us this simple
and expressive tale.
(I now know how to
catch a bullfrog)
told through eyes of one exceptional young
man with the aid of his loving mother is a
simple story of Hemmingway greatness. The
words, though simple, reveal remarkable
courage, self discovery, and love of
nature. Christopher Shiveley Welch, born
with cleft lip and palate and several
learning disabilities, discovers the world
of nature not only from an educational
perspective but from a personal one as well.
Debra, his mother, aids him with the
educational focus, while his dad helps him
with the physical aspect of catching
bullfrogs. Christopher broadens his
horizons and reaches out to the world. He
opens his heart to an unknown public as he
shares his experiences. His love for the
protection of bullfrogs shines through as he
catches them, nurses them, and sends them
back to the wild where they belong.
is a metaphor for his very own life.
Christopher Shiveley Welch, nursed and
protected by his loving parents, is growing
up. He is becoming a man, exploring his
environment, venturing out of his protective
cocoon, learning new skills. Christopher
starts the journey of self reliance as he
ventures into unchartered territories, all
the while realizing deep within himself,
that no matter what the challenges life
might bring for him, his parents will be
there to nurse him back to good health when
the need arises.
is a story of hope and inspiration for all
learning disabled children and adults
alike. It reminds us to believe in
ourselves, to take on life as it comes to
us. Christopher’s story reminds us how we
must never forget to accept nurturing from
our loved ones and to repay that nurturing
by administering to others along the road of
life. No matter whom we are or what our
strengths and weaknesses may be, life is a
challenge, a learning experience, a chance
to become all that God planned for us to be.
Carol Roach, M.Ed, BA
Author of "Picking Up
the Pieces" and
"Angels Watching Over
After reading the introduction by Ms.
Welch and Christopher, I began to realize
what a extraordinary young man Christopher
is. I came to appreciate his writing
talent, his poetic artistry, his
intelligence and his imagination.
This book tells of a boy's interest in
catching bullfrogs, and tells, in detail,
how to do it. And you know, I learned
something. I didn't know how to catch
bullfrogs, until I read this book. I am
thinking that young children would love this
book and learn a lot from it. This book is
written with a lot of love and a lot of
I would love to recommend this book to any one who
loves to read, whether they be children, or
adults. We all can learn from it.