Buddy the Globetrotter
R. E. BURKE
Writer. Author. Thinker. Storyteller
Welcome to my website. As a retired Pediatrician, I aim to inspire young minds to enjoy reading, while expanding their own imaginations and building each one's fund of knowledge. I also aim to create a better understanding of the world and our place in it. Both objectives have led me to begin a planned series of books, Buddy the Globetrotter. Although aimed at middle school readers, adults will enjoy the travel adventures as well. Each story is fiction, narrated by an adorable dog named Buddy, based on actual places and experiences. The first book, Expedition to the Frozen Continent, highlights travel to Antarctica. Currently, it is available in e-format and paperback on Amazon (amazon.com/s?k=expedition+to+the+frozen+continent). Hopefully, you the reader, will have fun going to these far-away places without ever leaving your chair.
For several years, I have shared our real travel adventures around the world with readers of our local newspaper. Now I hope to continue to do so by bringing those and other travels into this series, providing more in-depth information in a fun way, embellished as fiction should be. After you read Expedition to the Frozen Continent and future Buddy the Globetrotter books, I'd encourage you to post reviews on Amazon and to personally give me feedback that can be incorporated into making each new book in the series even better suited to your needs. My contact information is listed. Information about my prior publications is also provided on this site. Thanks for helping me to accomplish these objectives as a storyteller.
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Travel has taken me and my wife, Bonnie, to all seven continents and to all fifty states in the USA. We reside in Temple, Texas, and have four adult children and eleven grandchildren. As a retired pediatrician, I find it interesting that I am almost as well-known locally for my newspaper travel articles as for my care of children for more than three decades! Seriously, I love educating and being educated. I learned a long time ago that sometimes giving something away is not a loss, but a gain. For example, if I give you an idea and you give me one, then we each now have two ideas. So, as you read my books and posts, please share your thoughts. Feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you. Besides being an author, I pursue travel photography, landscaping, and family-centered activities.
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Buddy The Globetrotter
Book # 4
September 21, 2020
Africa lures us, perhaps like no other place on Earth. Why? Is it the diversity of life and landscapes on our second largest continent, the prior heart of the supercontinent Pangaea? Or is it because humankind arose from the grasslands of her interior millions of years ago? Whatever the lure, our understanding of her mystique can be molded by exploring her major ecosystems and how their inhabitants survive.
Buddy takes us on a journey from the coastal environments and ancient medinas of Morocco, and into the high Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa. Learn about the current and ancient cultures of the people who inhabit those areas. Explore life in the Sahara Desert, an area covering the northern third of the continent.
Discover the challenges to survival, as Buddy does when he becomes "lost luggage" and ends up in Southern Africa. Explore savanna ecosystems that cover half of the continent, as Buddy relates tales of his experiences in the Kalahari Desert and its lush Okavango Delta. Broaden your understanding of the history of Africa, as you visit Cape Town and the very tip of this cradle of humankind.
C'mon, join Buddy on another informative, interesting, and intimate adventure. You'll be glad you did.
Buddy The Globetrotter
Journey From Baja
Now available in e-format and soft cover print on Amazon. The series genre is juvenile fiction, but the tales blend a sense of adventure and realism suitable for advanced and other readers. Journey From Baja to Alaska is based on our travels to Baja, Haida Gwaii, and the inside passage to Alaska.
Biodiversity, a forgotten culture, majestic glaciers, and a pristine wilderness await you along the western coast of North America. Discover the world's aquarium at the Sea of Cortez, surrounded like a horseshoe by the Sonoran Desert, born by tectonic forces splitting the land of northern Mexico. Visit Haida Gwaii, an archipelago created by similar forces, where descendants of Canada's First Nations people continue ancient traditions. Find wildlife treasures along the inner passage of interconnecting waterways and islands in the world's largest temperate rainforest. Complete your journey at Glacier Bay, carved by remnants of the Ice Age, which continue to calve gigantic shards of ice into the lower tidewaters.
Join Buddy. Learn about these unique places along the world's third largest continent, and marvel at how often his heroism safeguards the journey.
Buddy The Globetrotter
Book # 2
Adventure in the
Enchantment awaits you in the cold equatorial waters just west of South America. As the sunrise and gentle winds remove clouds of mist that engulf Galapagos, islands born of volcanic activity lay ready to expose the diversity of life they now harbor. Much of the life born and nurtured here cannot be found elsewhere on Earth.
Adventure in the Enchanted Islands is the second book in a series of Buddy the Globetrotter travel tales.
Join Buddy as he explores lush vegetation, barren moonscapes, and a mesmerizing undersea world. Discover giant tortoises, fascinating birds, and bizarre behaviors. Feel his vibes as events trigger a sixth sense that puts Buddy on a mission to protect fellow travelers from unbeknownst dangers.
Buddy The Globetrotter
EXPEDITION TO THE
First in a series of travel tales told by Buddy, young readers will relate to his emotions while learning facts about this pristine wilderness.
Few people or dogs have or ever will visit this frozen continent, upon which all life depends. En route to Antarctica, Buddy explores the historical Falkland and South Georgia Islands. Learn about the landscapes, the ocean, the ice, and the wildlife that survive this incredibly hostile environment.
Feel the emotions that draw him close to "Betty", another Maltese from Bhutan.
Discover how his sixth sense enables him to become an unlikely hero.
Join Buddy and observe nature in a transcendental way, beyond most human's experiences.
Other books by R. E. Burke, MD, PhD
(available at amazon.com)
Madison Meets Magical Morpho
NOW AVAILABLE IN SECOND EDITION ON AMAZON (see related blog 11/28/2020)
This is a picture-story for young children about a girl who is on a hike with her parents in the Costa Rican rainforest. Madison is startled by a large, blue butterfly. Her fear progresses to friendship as she finds beauty, magic, and human attributes in the Blue Morpho. She blends magical thinking and curiosity as she learns a host of facts about butterflies and other rainforest inhabitants in her adventure.
Archway publishing. Copyright April, 2018
ISBN (sc): 978-1-4808-6019-3
ISBN (hc): 978-1-4808-6017-9
ISBN (e): 978-1-4808-6018-6
Beyond the Quest to Become a Physician
As a young and impoverished child, I knew my life's purpose was to become a physician. No one could have predicted the tortuous path I would travel in that quest and beyond. In this true memoir, I weave childhood, adolescent, and other personal experiences with the latest information on brain development to provide insight as to how one's experiences influence whom that person becomes. I discuss the interplay of genetics, expression of those genes, and cognitive-socio-economic influences. From my personal challenges and experiences, I provide insight gained not only to the quest but also to the profession. This should be useful for anyone struggling to become a physician, for parents wanting to help their children become successful, and for medical students or physicians considering career options and life after becoming a physician.
Archway Publishing. Copyright December, 2016
ISBN (sc): 978-1-4808-3984-7
ISBN (hc): 978-1-4808-3986-1
ISBN (e): 978-1-4808-3985-4
Photo Journey Baby's First Year
This book "offers a winning combination of personal photographs and professional medical advice to chronicle what parents and other caregivers can expect from a baby's first year."(Kirkus review)
I provide anticipatory guidance for expectant and new parents in a unique format. It is a photo-documentation of one infant's growth and development (our grandchild) that begins with a prenatal ultrasound and ends with a first year birthday celebration. But it is relevant to all babies. Common age-related milestones are captured in the photos, and sage advice is given in a concise, warm, and encouraging bedside manner. This makes for a quick read and ready reference.
Create Space. Copyright September 2013