I want to introduce you to a Rabbit - by PaganDad Patrick McCleary.
I just finished reading the best book for teaching the Sabbats to younger children. It is written by a good friend of mine Kyrja and published through Schiffer Books. This book covers from Beltane to Mabon, with the next one due out some time soon. And it introduces the concepts behind the Sabbats in rhyming couplets from the viewpoint of a little rabbit called Rupert.
When reading it earlier today, I was reminded anew of that sense of wonder that we have all felt when we started down this road into the Craft. Rupert's Tales (as it is called) also does a wondrous job of describing the sacredness of nature and that deity is everywhere.
And this doesn't even cover the beautiful illustrations by Tonia Bennington Osborn. They do so much to add to the story and to charm of this book.
So if you are looking for quality books to teach your children about the Sabbats. Me and my youngest daughter highly recommend this book. If you have read it or do read it, be sure to come back and comment or send me an email, and let me know what you think.
And for future updates from the world of Rupert, since I don't think that two books is all that we can expect, be sure to check out Rupert's page on Facebook. And for a whole variety of links, including a CafePress store and more information, check out the webpage for our friend Rupert.
Meet Rupert the Rabbit - A review by Patti Wigington of About.com
"It's not often that I encounter a book that not only does a great job of teaching kids about the Wheel of the Year, but that also reminds me of the reasons I follow a Pagan path in the first place. I'm pleased to present a review of Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year by author Kyrja and illustrator Tonia Bennington Osborn. Hands down, it's one of the most beautiful children's books I've seen in a long time."
Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year Beltane, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon is one of the most lovely children's books to come out in a long time. It's the story of little Rupert the Rabbit, who lives in the forest, and discovers one night that there are some very strange people doing some very strange things in the nearby grove. On his quest to figure out what they're up to, he learns about four of the Pagan holidays, and discovers how and why people celebrate them. Author Kyrja uses rhymes to describe the many aspects of celebration, and illustrator Tonia Bennington Osborn's beautifully gentle paintings add to the magic.
The owl goes on to explain to Rupert why the people are celebrating Beltane, and what it means to the various traditions. From Maypoles to passion and love, Kyrja uses the owl's voice to let Rupert - and young readers - in on the magical secrets of the spring season. The owl's message is one of not just love, but also of inclusiveness:"Nor is this feast held to honor love only between a woman and a man," the owl explained.
Rupert is blessed with a visit from the Divine, and recognizes this for the gift that it is.
In the second section of the book, Rupert learns about the Summer Solstice, or Litha. He is visited by a fairy, and he wonders if perhaps she is the Goddess in disguise. The fairy whispers that she is there to tell him about the longest day of the year, and reassures him that although the seasons are changing and that winter will come, he will be just fine."Nature is nature, it's always been this way.
When the revelers arrive to dance in a circle, Rupert discovers that the people he watches are offering thanks and praise to the God and Goddess for the turning wheel of the year.
When Lammastide rolls around, Rupert encounters a very old woman who serves as his guide to this harvest holiday. The crone is joined by a group of children, all of whom are as eager as Rupert to hear the story of Lammas. She describes the god Lugh as a representative of the Sun King, as well as telling the children about the celebration of the grain harvest."Now is the time for harvest, when we reap what we've sown.
Once the children run off to play, the crone turns to Rupert and offers him a harvest gift of his own before vanishing into the night.
It's nearly autumn, and Rupert the rabbit is in a hurry to see a Mabon festival - in fact, he's in such a hurry that he has a collision with another forest dweller. When Rupert meets a mouse, he discovers that celebrating the wheel of the year is about more than just dancing and singing. He learns that in the fall, it's important for us to stock up and make plans for the coming winter, and that soon the nights will be cold and dark. Rupert helps his new friend gather apples and vegetables for storage, and learns a valuable lesson about life, death, rebirth and counting our blessings.
Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year Beltane, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon does an incredible job of relaying the message and purpose of the Pagan wheel of the year for young readers, and avoids being preachy or making blanket statements. It's a gorgeously illustrated gentle rhyming book, with complex ideas translated into a very simple format. This is a perfect book to read to your children at bedtime, or for older readers to work through on their own.
Touching on both past history, interaction with the Divine, and modern Pagan practice, Rupert's Tales is a delightful way not only to teach our children about our spirituality, but to remind us adults about why we follow a sacred and nature-based path in the first place.
Have You Met Rupert - compliments of Mrs. B
Bunny Hopping Through Pagan Holidays - by Luna Lark
Delightful review - by Tangle Catkin of Fae Nation
Who could fail to love Rupert - Kyrja’s delightful and endearing little bunny, so beautifully brought to life by Tonia Bennington Osborn’s luminous art?
When Rupert hears of mysterious happenings in the clearing of a nearby forest, he grows curious and hops off to investigate. As he observes people gathering in the clearing, he is surprised by a visit from a lovely white owl who helps him to understand why the people are there. What he learns, and continues to learn as the seasons go by, expands his mind and helps him become aware of the larger world beyond his safe, comfy burrow.
Through Rupert’s adventures, told in charming verse, we are educated about the seasons and their reasons, why people gather to celebrate them, and the place of all creatures in the great chain of being.
Rupert’s Tales, with its sweetly-told story and lovely art, is a wonderful resource for teaching young children about the meaning of the Pagan Holy Days on the Wheel of the Year.
~ Margie McArthur ~ author of Faery Healing: The Lore and The Legecy, Wiccacraft for Families, Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Head Witch Dorothy Morrison has this to say about Book One:
"A simply enchanting tale to be enjoyed and treasured by young and old alike. Once you've met Rupert and heard his story, he'll stay in your heart forever!"