Bunny Hopping Through Pagan Holidays
The story's protagonist is a chubby, cheerful rabbit named Rupert. Rupert first learns about pagan celebrations one night in the forest when he stumbles upon a mysterious gathering. A group of people, wearing flower wreathes and flowing, multi-colored clothes, all hold hands and form a ring. Almost immediately after the sighting, Rupert meets a beautiful white owl whose pagan knowledge far exceeds his own. In the typical relationship of predator and prey, Rupert's first afraid of the owl. Soon, however, the two animals befriend each other.
Throughout the book, Rupert also befriends a fairy, an old woman, and a mouse who all serve as his guides into pagan culture. The old woman, for instance, says the following about the holiday, Lammas:
“'Now is the time for harvest when we reap what we've sown,'/'The time to pick and pluck and dig up all the things we've grown.'//'Lammas is the first harvest of three, this festival of grains,'/Then Mabon, and finally Samhain, as the Wheel of the Year wanes.'//'A time too, my little ones,' she said, 'to give thanks for all we hold dear,'/'And to remember all the blessings we've had through the year.'”
Osborn's illustrations complement Kyrja's sweet story with a similarly sweet look. The artist specializes in applying soft pastel to suede, giving each picture a smooth, creamy texture. Osborn renders all of the books' characters with bright eyes and docile smiles. Her color palette, though organic, steers clear of anything bland. Each hue is rich. Even the browns, grays, and whites appear vibrant.
This 64-page book comes from the hands of expert storytellers. Author Kryja is a Priestess of Undia in the Elemental Witchcraft tradition who enjoys writing children's stories and songs. Illustrator Tonia Bennington Osborn is an award-winning artist and gallery owner.
For an unique and informative read in children's literature, Rupert's Tales treats pagan celebrations with reverence and the kind of fun only a cotton-tail can bring.