Tales of Spring Valley: 'The Beginning' is book one of a two volume set exploring the ranching lifestyle, now rapidly disappearing from the world. The book introduces four animal friends: Pierre the 'Boss' cat, Roo the amazing cattle dog, Finnegan the kind, gentle pony, and Blackie a bouncy, brave young collie. Young readers will discover the roles each animal plays in the life of the ranch. The animals share their observations in 'almost true' short stories, with full-color illustrations to enhance the text. A full-page map guides readers as they follow the animals around the ranch and the valley. Quiet, gentle humor, adventure and traditional values are the framework for this collection.