ENCHANTED EVERGLADES


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The e-book and print book are now available on Amazon. We will provide links to other stores soon. 

Please click this link to read the first five chapters: ENCHANTED EVERGLADES: FRIEND FOR LIFE – 5 Chapters

Here is the link to the Amazon buy page. Please hover over the sentence and click the link. This is linked as an affiliate of Amazon. 

BUY ON AMAZON – Enchanted Everglades: Friend for Life

You may listen to the first five chapters of the audiobook with six songs. Several retailers may have the audiobook ready at different times, approximately 30-60 days from now. E-Audiobook.com mastered the file. I recommend them highly for the audiobook. They cleaned up the unacceptable quality I received from a popular audiobook company. Please visit again soon to see links to the audiobook stores once they are ready.

 

Thank you. Once the script e-book is ready, it will be available for free to all purchasers of the book and audiobook. The educational supplement is in process. It will be available on this website soon for anyone interested. Have a blessed day!


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Booklife Reviews

Filmmaker Kowatch brings larger-than-life characters and action scenes to middle grade readers in this highly visual mix of literary seriousness and fun adventure. Ocean River and Ellen Hansen, both age 12, are best friends—until Ellen’s father dies in a car crash and clumsy Ocean accidentally disrupts his funeral. When their parents take them on a vacation to the Everglades a couple months later, guilt-ridden Ocean isn’t even sure they can be friends again, and Ellen barely speaks to him. But their airboat crashes, and Ocean and Ellen must work together to find their parents and escape the dangerous swamp. On their journey they acquire supernatural talents and befriend an eccentric wood stork, a guileless soft-shell turtle, and Gumbo, a yoga-practicing, pacifist alligator who’s next in line to become king of the Everglades.

Kowatch’s descriptions and Shinn’s charming digital illustrations will leave readers feeling like they’ve stomped through the Everglades alongside Ocean and Ellen. The relationships are depicted with wonderful depth. Gumbo and his pals often meditate together, Ocean and Ellen talk about grief and growing up, Ocean’s parents share important lessons with him, and each character takes turns leading, encouraging, and sacrificing for the others in a way that feels sincere and psychologically healthy.

Yet all of these elements create a text that is sometimes busy and complicated. Chapters are told from various perspectives and the book blends Seminole mythology with Eastern spiritual practices, which may leave younger readers confused, uninterested, or just wanting more of the lively dialogue. However, the book’s quirkiness and cartoon-style illustrations, as well as its loose ends (perhaps left open for a sequel?), will likely keep them hooked. For kids entering adolescence in the 21st century, an adventure that includes real-life heaviness, environmental awareness and activism, meditation and affirmation, and a little bit of the absurd seems just right.

Takeaway: Tween readers (and their parents and teachers) will love the values, hardships, laughs, and learning in Kowatch’s thoughtful adventure fantasy.

Great for fans of the Magic School Bus series, the Magic Tree House series.


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“Today is a Very Special Day” Song

Bix, a young soft-shelled turtle, sings this song one morning. I composed the melody, lyrics, and produced the song with a talented instrumental arranger named Andy Ellis Valdini. He also played the live violin and piano. The singer–Gideon Nasby–has the cutest voice! Tarik Ghiradella played the drums; Andrew Timothy, the guitar. Peter Duff and Ziv mixed the sound recording. I hired everyone through Airgigs.com.

TODAY IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY by G. A. Kowatch

 I love today! It’s gonna be a great day!

 Verse 1

The sun warms my face

The rain tickles my nose

It doesn’t matter what the weather holds

’Cause I’m gonna have a great day

Verse 2

I swim to first place

I can bumble the race

It doesn’t matter if I win or lose

’Cause I’m gonna have a great day

Prechorus

I feel terrific! I feel amazing!

I’m going to give, my smile, to everyone

I meet and greet today!

Chorus

Today, today is a very special day

Today, today is going my way

It’s one of a kind

It’s here then it’s gone

And so, I’m going to make today the best day ever!

Verse 3

Some kids make me smile

Some kids squabble with me

It doesn’t matter how they are to me

’Cause I’m gonna have a great day

Verse 4

I can run and play

I have sniffles today

It doesn’t matter what my body feels

’Cause I’m gonna have a great day

Prechorus

I feel terrific! I feel amazing!

I’m going to give, my smile, to everyone,

I meet and greet today!

Chorus

Today, today is a very special day

Today, today is going my way

It’s one of a kind

It’s here then it’s gone

And so, I’m going to make today the best day ever!

I’m going to give my smile to everyone,

I meet and greet today!

Have a great day everyone! Love you!

 

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Thank you. With love,

Gail

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“Thank You” song

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In this scene, Gumbo prances around thanking various animals and insects as they trek through the Everglades. Can you imagine this in your mind as an animation movie and musical?

Ezemdi Chikwendu sang it, and Andy Ellis Valdini arranged and performed the instrumentals. Andy also arranged the “Today is a very Special Day” song. Ziv mixed and mastered the song. I thank all of them for doing such a wonderful job. I hope you enjoy it and sing along.

THANK YOU by G. A. Kowatch

Verse 1

I am grateful for my friends and family

I am grateful for our beautiful world

I am grateful for everything in my life

Chorus

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank all of you

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank everything

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank all of you

Verse 2

I am grateful for all the lessons of love

I am grateful for the challenges I face

I am grateful for another day to live

Chorus

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank all of you

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank everything

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank all of you

Bridge

I thank everyone who protects us, who care for us

I thank everyone, who do what’s right,

who fight for rights and cares for our land

Chorus (2x)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank all of you

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank everything

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank you (Thank you)

Thank all of you

 

Illustration on this post by Terry Pavlet.

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“I Need to be Brave” song

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Here is the lyric video for the 5th song in the script book. Once again, the talented Ziv arranged and performed the instrumentals. Ariel Petrie sang the song as Ellen. She was also in the duet with Ziv, “Friend For Life.” Thank you both!

I NEED TO BE BRAVE by G. A. Kowatch

Verse 1

Why did you leave me

Was it your time to

You didn’t say goodbye

I miss you so much

Wish I could see you

Wish I could hear you telling me

Chorus

I need to be brave

To face stormy days

I need to be brave

To face all my fears

I need to be brave

I need to be brave

’Cause I am never alone

Verse 2

When I dream of you

I can hug you tight

Please visit me tonight

Now I can feel you

Like a white angel 

Whispering to me, telling me

Chorus

I need to be brave

To face stormy days

I need to be brave

To face all my fears

I need to be brave

I need to be brave

’Cause I am never alone

Bridge

(Ahh, ahh, ooh, ooh)

I need to be brave

’Cause I am never alone

(Ahh, ahh, ooh, ooh)

I need to be brave

Chorus

I need to be brave

To face stormy days

I need to be brave

To face all my fears

I need to be brave, brave!

I need to be brave, brave!

I need to be brave

’Cause I am never alone

I need to be brave

Cause I am never alone

I need to be brave

Illustration on this post by Terry Pavlet.

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“In My Heart” song

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Ziv was the talented singer, musical arranger, performer, and mixer for this song. All the repeating of the “in my heart” was his original ad-lib. What would I do if I hadn’t hired this amazing artist? I am so grateful to Ziv.

 

IN MY HEART by G. A. Kowatch

Verse 1

It’s been a while since I saw you

Things didn’t end like I wanted

I wish I could turn back the time

To change the things that broke us apart

Chorus

What would I do

If I hadn’t kept you

In my heart

I can handle it

I can handle it

I can do all things with you

In my heart

Verse 2

They say that time should heal my pain

But I’ve been hurt for a long time

I’ve spent so many days alone

Every day still hurts the same as before

Chorus

What would I do

If I hadn’t kept you

In my heart

I can handle it

I can handle it

I can do all things with you

In my heart

I can handle it

I can handle it

With you in my heart

In my heart

In my heart

 In my heart

Verse 3

My life goes on. I’ve learned some things

I’ve made new friends who remind me

That even though I’ve let you go       

You’ll always have a special place, here

In my heart

Chorus

I can handle it

I can handle it

I can do all things with you

I can do all things with you

In my heart (5x)

 

Illustration on this post by Terry Pavlet.

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“Friend For Life” Orchestral Version of Theme Song

Here is the orchestral version (movie score) of “FRIEND FOR LIFE” arranged and performed by the talented and kind artist, Ron Ochs, the same musician who arranged and performed “EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT” in my other post. Brandon Davis played live drums. Ziv mixed and mastered the music. Check out Airgigs.com!

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“Friend for Life” – Duet Theme Song

Here is the demo for the theme song, “FRIEND FOR LIFE.”   Ziv, the music arranger, performer, mixing and mastering engineer as well as the singer did an amazing job. He took my melody and turned it into a wonderful sound recording. The female singer is Ariel Petrie. She sounds perfect for Ellen.

FRIEND FOR LIFE by G. A. Kowatch

Verse 1

When people laughed at me

You always gave me strength

To stand up tall and be myself

I want to thank you

Verse 2

When I wished for a dream

You made me realize

That I can reach beyond the stars

I want to thank you

I want to thank you

Chorus

You are my friend, my friend for life

Someone who loves me as I am

You shine your love into my heart

And make me one with your bright light

Let’s be together now

Verse 3

When I was just a fool

You showed me how to be

By being kind and loving me

I want to thank you

Verse 4

When I didn’t like myself

You taught me how to love

By showing me, I’m made of love

I want to thank you

I want to thank you

Chorus

You are my friend, my friend for life

Someone who loves me as I am

You shine your love into my heart

And make me one with your bright light

Let’s be together now

Bridge

The past is gone

The future isn’t here

All we have is now

There is no other time

Forgiveness heals all wounds

Leaving only love

Love is who we are

Love is all there is

Chorus

You are my friend, my friend for life

Someone who loves me as I am

You shine your love into my heart

And make me one with your bright light

Let’s be together now

 My best friend

My friend for life

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