Alan Salisbury is now embarked on a third career as a philanthropic writer and game developer. A retired Army general, he spent another 12 years as an IT executive. While his redirection into writing children's literature, games and even songs seems like a wild departure from his earlier work, he comes by this new interest honestly, having a mother who dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and a wife who had been a school teacher with a strong interest in children's literature. With his first children's book now in the publishing process, he already has a second book and a new board game in process, all to benefit selected charities.
In The Legend of Ranger, Alan Salisbury's words and Roberta Baird's whimsical artwork create the magic of the Christmas season with the tale of a young reindeer named Ranger who has a big dream--to be part of the reindeer team that pulls Santa's big sleigh. Ranger searches all over Santaland for someone who can teach him the secret of flying, but everyone he asks, including the oldest and wisest elves, Mrs. Claus, and even his brother Rudolph, gives him the same advice: ''The secret lies within.'' Determined to fulfill his dream, Ranger must figure out the secret for himself. An emergency trip to Krystalwite to help the sick reindeer at the North Pole offers Ranger the opportunity to play a part in saving Christmas and, along the way, learn what it is that lies within. The Legend of Ranger contains a heartening and inspirational message about the power of believing in yourself no matter what challenges lie ahead.