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Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year - Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, and Ostara Hardcover – March 28, 2012

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"There aren't words to describe this second book. Although I believe that both books were written at the same time, the second book is on a higher level than the last book. With new characters and one of the best inclusions of the Honoring of the Dead in a description of Samhain that I have ever read. Real enough to not be "fluffy-bunny" but not to hard for children to cope with or to understand."  ~ PaganDad Patrick McCleary

"Kids will enjoy the stories, although you will probably only read one at a time to very young children, and they will grow into some of the deeper nuances. Adults will enjoy them too, although they may find some of the rhymes tumbling through their head long after they story was read. Heck, I'd give these books to someone interested in knowing more about pagan rituals, but daunted by reading books with 'witch' in the title.  Highly recommended."  ~ Lisa Mc Sherry, Facing North

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"Kyrja lives in The Glitter Dome, where she is surrounded by peace, friendship, and lots of reasons to giggle. She loves to paint, write and sing, and may burst forth in song at any moment! Tonia Bennington Osborn's life-long labor of love continues as she explores and expresses the many miracles that make up her world.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Rupert's Tales: the Wheel of the Year
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764339877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764339875
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kyrja celebrates Sabbats, moon phases and other magickal gatherings with Friends of Rupert and performs "Rupert's Tales and Tunes" at festivals and every chance she gets. She continues to work on future tales featuring Rupert and his friends, as well as fantasy-genre fiction novels. Kyrja also likes to write and sing children's songs so may burst suddenly into song at any given moment!

"I'm a Friend of Rupert" is one of the many songs Kyrja has written for our furry friend and can be found near the back of the Activity Book. You can also sing along on our "Friends of Rupert" YouTube channel.

You can also watch "Introduction to Rupert" on YouTube, as well as "Rupert's Tales and Tunes" to see what the books offer, and what we do at festivals and events. Hop on over and join us: www.youtube.com/friendsofrupert

You are, of course, invited to join us on the "Friends of Rupert" fan page on Facebook, or on our website at: www.friendsofrupert.com We'd love to hear from you at friendsofrupert@yahoo.com

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I brought this for my girls (2 & 6) hoping that it would give them a better idea of the holidays and where the traditions came from. Although some of the stories had details, they only made up a small amount of the story. I was disappointed and left with many unanswered questions and only a vague explanation of the holidays. My two year old liked the pictures and the rabbit narrator (can't expect more than that based on her age). My 6 year old found the back and forth between the characters distracting and couldn't follow the story or understand why I was reading it until I got to the point of each story (where she recognized the traditions). Basically, it is ok if you want a very general overview and don't want to get too involved with the holidays. I'm still looking for a good book for my kids though, this doesn't cut it.
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The second part of this series on the Wiccan holidays is just as wonderful as the first Rupert's Tales continues with stories on the other four major Wiccan holidays. This is a great read for both adults and children!
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I love this book. I originally bought it for my toddler to introduce her to the wheel of the year, but have enjoyed reading it for myself just as much! She loves Rupert and we were lucky enough to meet Kyrja. Rupert's Tales really make it easy to teach children what the wheel of the year is all about!
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When my first child was born I looked for something just like this to teach her about our faith, but had no luck. I stumbled across this book right after my second daughter was born and am so very happy to have such a beautiful resource.
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Rupert the rabbit hops through the God season of the Pagan year learning real life lessons along with the significance of each Sabbat. I found this was, as my title suggests, a gentle and loving means of introducing children to the Wheel of the year. Each volume of Rupert’s Tales is divided into four parts; Samhain, Yule, Imbolc and Ostara, one for each Sabbat of the God season of the Pagan year, and then Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon one for each Sabbat of the Goddess season. Depending on the age of your readers, this book can be approached as a whole, or as four “mini books.”

Each "tale" is written in rhyming verse by Kyrja and accompanied by charming pastel illustrations by artist Tonia Bennington Osborn. The text has a song-lilke quality (Kyrja provides supplemental material via her author website that is well worth exploring) and addresses the basic concepts of each sabbat that can be read over and over--for teaching purposes, or to pull out at the appropriate season to remember "why we do what we do."

I thought the author handled dealing with death--a sensitive topic for both children and adults very well. When I finished reading Rupert's Samhain tale, I felt a sense of comfort--and I really liked the that the author didn't take the approach that there is only one right answer when it comes to these great mysteries of life. Throughout the book they are addressed with sensitivity and respect. I also thought the organization of the book(s) was well done. This piece of the series in particular, starts with Samhain (the season of death) and ends with Ostara (the season of life and hope).
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This is a delightful book with wonderful illustrations and engaging stories. Rupert is so adorable!! I can not wait to share this book my family coven! It is great!
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My kids and grandkids are really enjoying this whole series. The rhyming is working well for memorization wih them. Thank you Kyrja!
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This book was purchased to use as a teaching tool. There isn't a lot of material available to use for teaching younger children about pagan beliefs or holidays. This book fulfilled the intended purpose in an adorable way. The holidays of Samhain, Yule, Imbolc and Ostara are described by a friendly fairy and observed through a bunny's eyes in a delightful way that grabs the attention of young children. I was delighted at how much the children enjoyed the stories.
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