Authors - Clyde Robert Bulla

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Authors - Clyde Robert Bulla

  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. B O R N T O B E A WR I T E R CLYDE ROBERT BULLA
  3. 3. BORN TO WRITE • Almost as far back as he can remember, Clyde Robert Bulla wanted to write. • Born on a farm in a small town in Missouri, Mr. Bulla's first school was a one-room country schoolhouse. • One day his teacher asked each first grade student what he or she would do with a thousand dollars. • Young Clyde answered that he would buy a table. His classmates laughed heartily, and his teacher was puzzled. “What I really meant,” says Mr. Bulla, “is a desk or other flat surface on which to write my stories!”
  4. 4. FIRST STORIES • Mr. Bulla's first piece of writing was titled, “How Planets Were Born.” The ambitious opening sentence was, “One night old Mother Moon had a million babies.” • All through school, Mr. Bulla continued to write stories mostly, but plays and poetry, too. • After years of gathering editor's rejection slips, Mr. Bulla sold a magazine story, then several more. Soon after, Mr. Bulla wrote a novel and a publisher accepted it.
  5. 5. THE DIFFICULT YEARS • In the excitement of publishing a novel, Mr. Bulla wrote two more books. Unfortunately, no one wanted to publish them. • His luck took a turn for the worse when the publisher of his first book went bankrupt. • For several years, he worked at a local weekly newspaper where he struggled with linotype, kept books, collected bills, and wrote a weekly column.
  6. 6. SUCCESS! • A couple of Mr. Bulla's weekly columns caught the attention of a well-known author and illustrator of children's books. She wrote to Mr. Bulla, suggesting that he try writing a children's book. • He immediately sent her a manuscript for a children's book he'd written a year before. Within one week, an editor of a New York publisher read the manuscript,and it was accepted. The book was The Donkey Cart, published in 1946. • After that, Mr. Bulla wrote over twenty books for children, as well as the music for several children's song books.
  7. 7. BOOKS BY CLYDE ROBERT BULLA • Clyde Robert Bulla is best know for writing exciting historical fiction – stories that take place in the past with lots of adventure. Some of these stories are: • Viking Adventure • A Lion To Guard Us • The Sword In the Tree • The Ghost of Windy Hill • The Secret Valley • Pirate’s Promise • Riding the Pony Express • Eagle Feather
  8. 8. BIOGRAPHIES • Besides fiction, Clyde Robert Bulla also enjoyed writing non-fiction titles for children, including biographies of famous Native American Indians, Pocahontas and Squanto. • After a long, successful career writing books for children, Clyde Robert Bulla died in Missouri in 2007 at the age of 93.
  9. 9. GHOST TOWN TREASURE • The book we’re going to read by Mr. Bulla is called Ghost Town Treasure and is about a boy who lives alone with his parents... In a ghost town! • When two pen-pals come to visit him, they discover a clue to what might be a lost treasure of gold!
  10. 10. WHAT IS A GHOST TOWN? • A ghost town is a town that has been abandoned by all the people. • Usually these were mining or lumber towns, and when the mines stopped producing, or the lumber was all used up, people moved away to find new work. • They would take only what they could carry, leaving all the buildings and other large things behind to decay.
  11. 11. UTAH GHOST TOWNS • Does Utah have any ghost towns? • Yes! Utah is home to over 140 ghost towns! • If you visit www.ghosttowns.com you can see all the ghost towns in our state, with directions on how to get there, and pictures of what’s still there!
  12. 12. A NUTSY THE SQUIRREL PRODUCTION COPYRIGHT 2013 OAK HILLS MEDIA CENTER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  13. 13. BIBLIOGRAPHY • http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/clyde-robert-bulla • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Robert_Bulla • http://www.ghosttowns.com/

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