NEWS FLASH: Yes! We have a winner in the Kid Lit Blog Hop! The winner has an email, and I am waiting for a response before revealing the name. A hint; Someone who is not at home. The answer will come as soon as I’m given permission to release it! – the author.
You are Too Late! It Was Children’s Book Week!
Here is the old post, if you feel you need to catch up:
And while Mary Baker is not a young children’s book, the kids like it too. Parents have told me so. So have some fairly young adults.
So in honor of Children’s Book Week, I’m offering a free copy of, you guessed it:
A book that is getting great reviews. And already won a Silver Medal from Readers’ Favorite for its highest review possible of 5 stars. One reviewer even said this is the type of book that reminds you of why you began reading in the first place.
To enter, see below.
And, while I’m at it, I found a wonderful site full of free stories, myths, legends, ghost stories and tall tales. You can read them yourself or read them to your kids every night from a tablet or cell phone. It’s called AmericanFolklore.net.
I found it because this Kid Lit Blog Hop got me thinking about favorite kid books. There’s one that comes up again and again in life. You can’t avoid it, really. I’m talking about the Uncle Remus story about Tar-Baby. It’s an often misconstrued tale that truly shouldn’t be taken any way except for what the author actually intended: a light-hearted funny tale that teaches us a little bit about life.
Contrary to the ugly rumors you’ve heard, “Tar-Baby” is a tale about a bunny rabbit who falls into a trap carefully laid by an enemy, the fox. The bunny makes a tragic mistake that nearly costs him his life by overreacting to what he considers a rudeness of the fake person, a little guy made out of tar. The more he punches the fake person, the more stuck he gets. His enemy, the fox, who was hiding in the brush, is happy he has successfully trapped the rabbit. Thinking fast, the rabbit begins begging that the fox not throw him into the briar patch. Rabbits, the reader knows, live safely in the briar patch. No enemies can get past the thorns, especially the fox. But the fox falls for the strategy, and throws the rabbit into the briar patch. The fox gloats, thinking he has finally destroyed an elusive quarry. Then, he hears a voice calling his name. There’s the rabbit, happily combing tar out of his fur with a wood chip.
The trickster is tricked.
This story tells us so much about life. It is possible to outwit an enemy who never gives up trying to get you. It’s possible to right your life even after you have made tragic and seemingly irreversible errors. Or you’re trapped. And in the end, it’s possible for both of them, enemies, to live on; the rabbit in the safety of the briar patch and the fox out in the fields somewhere.
Tar-Baby is a famous plot. Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger is probably not a book you are familiar with; it’s new. But you’ll find the new book tells us much about life. That it’s possible to outwit an enemy who overwhelms you with superior knowledge and size and age. That when you feel most trapped in a bad life, things may suddenly change. Don’t give up hope. At the end, everyone may or may not live to meet again. And helpless ones, such as children and younger people, are usually safer in safe places (a briar patch, if you will, of family, friends, teachers or just good people) and not out there in the wild, alone where the fox prowls.
I sometimes think of rabbits when people start talking about blog hops. Then I think of rabbit stories.
If you’re intrigued enough to buy a beautiful hardcover copy of Uncle Remus, here’s somebody else’s book: Uncle Remus.
But if you really want an author signed, paperback copy, 6″x9″, of Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger, enter this blog hop giveaway.
The Kindle and ebook version are normally on sale for $5.99. The book is available worldwide on Amazon.com. It’s also available in paperback for a sale price of $9.03.