Book: The Legend of the Putter Frog by Randy Bazemorecategories: Book, Frogs, Children's Golf, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Caddies, Golfiing, Putting, Lily Pads, Dreams, Children's Picture Book
Randy Bazemoreabout this book: The smallest tadpole in the pond is curious about the balls falling in the pond next to a golf course. As he grows his arms and legs, he gets excited about playing the game he sees people playing outside the pond and creates his own golfing club with a stick and shell. Soon, he is practicing by hitting berries onto lily pads on the pond. After convincing is parents that he will study and do his chores, his father allows him to continue playing the game he loves. After meeting up with an annoying little fly named Fast Freddie who becomes his caddie, and after never missing his putts, he becomes known as the Putter Frog and they form the Frogmore International Golf Club!
In 1963, someone stole a frog statue in front of the Post Office in Frogmore, SC. It made Paul Harvey Radio News Show. He said, "Whoever stole that little frog, return it, it is a federal offense." That night someone returned it with a hat, sunglasses and a sign that said, "This Frog Went A Courtin'". In 1971 as a Naval Aviation cadet in boot camp in Pennsacola, the Marine Corps Drill Instructors there found out I was from Beaufort, SC and harassed me for 14 weeks for stealing that frog. I never forgot it.In 2001, I was invited to a golf tournament and since I did not play golf, I wandered around the golf club and found myself on the putting green, where in front of me I saw the famous statue of The Putter Boy! It was a no brainer.
In 2011, the book was released and Warner McGee the illustrator and I did a book signing in Beaufort, SC. It was very successful and after that the Beaufort Gazette did a story on the book. A week later the lady who stole the frog wrote me a letter confessing to having stole the frog with two Marine Lieutenants and a lady named Jeannette. She signed it with her name and in parens, Your Old Babysitte. The letter can be seen at www.putterfrog.com.
After thinking about the story for 4 years, I sat down and wrote it in about an hour by describing each picture and putting a story line down for each picture. Three years later I found Warner, who has done Dora the Explorer and others (63) in all, and I knew I had the right guy.
The hardest part about doing this project was funding the pictures and publishing.
What I learned about doing this project was that I can write a screenplay knowing that I can describe what I want to put in a scene much the same way I did the pictures. It has given me the confidence to do that about my experiences owning a body shop while being in the Navy at the same time.
This story is about a little frog who dreams and never gives up when he is told by his parents that they want him to do something else. My advice, always try and try again.
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