An Enchanting Fairy Tale Book, The Rabbit and the Platypus
An Enchanting Fairy Tale Book, The Rabbit and the Platypus
Early one morning after a very stormy night, Papa Rabbit discovers a strange little animal trembling and frightened in front of his burrow. The poor little animal is lost and Papa Rabbit promises to help him find his mama. But where is he from? And who is his mama? Join Papa Rabbit and his friends in this adventure of caring and kindness along the Enchanted River.
You have read them a hundred times. Perhaps more. Great classics like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots. Almost anyone can tell you the basic plot of these stories. What is it about a fairy tale book that makes them so memorable and loved by both kids and adults?
These stories draw children in, transport them to another place, and make them feel fear, happiness, worry, or excitement, to name a few. Fairy Tales speak to universal themes of moral values like hard work and kindness. It makes sense that these stories are often captivating and relatable because many of these tales were once passed down as oral traditions. So, the question is, do these fairy tales still have a place in our modern world? Yes, without a doubt.
A great fairy tale book filled with lots of learning opportunities for children is The Rabbit and the Platypus by Marianne Lecron. This fairy tale book is about a rabbit who discovers a strange little animal after a very stormy night. The little animal is lost, and the Papa Rabbit helps him find his mama. Papa Rabbit and his friends go on an adventure along the Enchanted River to help their new friend. Throughout their journey, readers learn about kindness and helping others.
The Rabbit and the Platypus also teaches children about diversity, friendship, and community. In this book, the little animal is lost, and the Papa Rabbit helps him find his mama. This book touches on the importance of helping one another as well as how we can help make the world a better place by doing so. Each animal friend that the platypus and the rabbit find are eager to help the little animal find his mama again, showing the importance of helping one another.
Another message in this book is that despite our differences, we are all the same. The Rabbit and the Platypus by Marianne Lecron teaches us that we may all look different on the outside—but it’s important to remember that deep down, we are all very much alike. This book helps children understand, appreciate, and respect similarities and differences in others.
This fairy tale book is adorable, colorful, and charmingly illustrated. It offers an easy, enjoyable way to learn about differences—and what truly matters. It is an engaging read for children and adults alike. This book is a must-have on your bookshelf.
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About the Author, Marianne Lecron
“Born in France, Marianne realized her dream of living in her grandfather’s native Florida when she and her husband settled in Miami to raise their two little boys and a litter of kittens. Marianne studied law in Paris and business in Montreal. She practiced as an intellectual property attorney before becoming a branch manager for a worldwide renowned cooking appliance, Thermomix. She loves cooking and dreaming up fairy tales.”
Rapid Fire with Marianne Lecron
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Marianne: I had never had any particular desire to become a writer until one day on a long trans-Atlantic flight between Paris and Miami I realized that I did—and my inspiration was sitting right there in my lap! You see, my two young boys, a toddler, and a baby had finally fallen asleep in my arms, and I dared not move.
It was in sitting very still, contemplating them and remembering my childhood that I imagined my first children’s tale. Once home, I wrote my story and sent it to my mother back in France, who immediately set out to illustrate it. One thing led to another, and now we are working on our fourth children’s book.
Q. What do you think makes a good story?
Marianne: A conflict or problem and a dash of magic!
Q. What advice do you have for writers?
Marianne: Just do it! For the tales, I write I rely on the five classic elements of a fable: personified animal characters; a setting and situation; a dilemma which usually reveals the characters’ traits and weaknesses; a solution to the dilemma, and finally a moral lesson. I learned these in a writing sequence when I was in mid-school in France. Remembering them helped the structure of my very first story to fall into place!
Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.
Marianne: My ideal writing space is a cozy, clean, and tidy house where I have nothing else to think of but what I want to write. It’s a place free of distractions such as phones, emails, and TV, where my brain has space to start the imagination process.
However, looking back at how I wrote my first three books, this ideal writing space was not quite part of the picture! A common point to each book though, was that I had to let go, close my eyes, forget all of the distractions around me, and allow my imagination to roam free.
It has always been easier to start imagining my fairy tale at night, in my bed, before falling asleep, then little by little, build the story before writing it down a few weeks later. And that I have usually done in the middle of the night, writing the story all at once from beginning to end when my family was fast asleep.
Q. How did you become involved in the subject matter or theme of your book?
Marianne: Because I try to remember what impressed me as a child, my idea for The Rabbit and the Platypus was sparked by a lesson that my second-grade teacher taught us about that unique and strange little animal. The book is dedicated to her, by the way!
Q. What inspires you as a writer?
Marianne: Past experiences, pets and animals, and even songs and weather phenomena inspire me, plus I want to help keep the fairy tale writing tradition alive! It’s a cultural influence and motivation…I grew up in France where the fairy tale first became a literary genre thanks to Charles Perrault, the 17th-century French author of great classics like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and more. Up until then, fairy tales had been transmitted through spoken folklore.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Marianne: I love to cook! So much so that I put my career as an intellectual property lawyer on hold to work for an international company that produces a leading multi-function kitchen appliance. That and looking after my boys keeps me busy!
Q. What type of books do you write?
Marianne: I write fairy tales for children that gently teach by example qualities like civility, good manners, and the importance of helping one another. I always try to use vocabulary and phrasing to incite a child’s curiosity and maintain the interest of older readers.
Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?
Marianne: Oh, yes! When my three-year-old was logged in to an online session for his kindergarten class because of the COVID 19 lockdown, his teacher read The Rabbit and the Platypus to the class. It was a complete surprise!
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Marianne: In a word, empathy. When we help those in distress, we help make the world a better place. It’s as simple as that.
Q. Is there a message in your story that you hope readers will grasp?
Marianne: The message is that despite our differences, we are all the same!
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
* This fairy tale book was kindly sent to me by Author, Marianne Lecron in exchange for an honest review.