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The author created Ralphy the Rabbit as main character in this children's book and uses him as conveyer of truth to the young: to accept yourself as you are, and navigate through life with trust, discipline, obedience, courage and friendships in experienced times of fear, anger and the unknown.
This is also an opportunity to teach a child how to care for pets. t’s never too early for a child to learn to feel special and happy about who he is. Ralphy the Rabbit has always been self-conscious about his ears because they look like dog ears. He’s ecstatic when Marta finally overlooks them and takes him home from the pet store.
But when Oscar the cat fakes an injury, compelling Marta to neglect Ralphy and nurse a faking Oscar back to health, Ralphy wishes he could speak like the parakeets in the pet store to let Marta know about Oscar. One day, Ralphy spots a magician on TV, who changes a rabbit into a little girl. That’s it! Ralphy wants the magician to change him into a little boy. He could get rid of his dog-like ears and tell Marta about Oscar! The problem? The magician works far away at the flea market and Ralphy has no way to get there. When an opportunity arises for Ralphy to get a ride to the magician, he and Oscar wind up stranded together on the streets of Orlando. Can Ralphy and Oscar overcome their differences and help each other? Will Ralphy reach the magician?
Join Ralphy and Oscar on their journey of self-discovery where they have the opportunity to learn about friendship, creativity and acceptance and above all, about being comfortable with who they are.
This is the first book in the David L Wallace chapter book series. If you like entertaining an early reader with stories that provide you an exiting way to teach, this debut book wil help you to equip children of ages 6-8, preteen to navigate life.
Ralph the Rabbit gained prominence as the biggest rabbit weighing just under 55 pounds in real life entering the Guinness Book of Records. With that, the character Ralphy in this story with the long ears also stands out to inspire the young.
Oscar the cat felt that he needed to teach Ralphy some things about life on the streets. What things? “It’s dangerous," said the wise cat.
Daddy John and Momma Sarah want to discipline Marta:
"l need to talk about your care of these pets of yours.” Marta placed Ralphy back in his cage. “A surprise for this afternoon, for taking such good care of Oscar in his time of need.” “Don’t surprise me,” Marta said with her eyes stretched wide. “Tell me what it is.”
Daddy John smiled at his daughter. “We know how much you like that magic show.” “Do you mean,” Marta said, with her voice rising, “that we’re going to the flea market, to see Marvin the Magician?”
Ralphy now knew what he wanted more than anything else in the whole world. He wanted the magician to do the same thing for him.... change him into a boy. Then he could tell Marta all about Oscar, the cat who faked his way into Marta's. care so that he is not taken to the shelter. She would love him and play with him again.
Marta still held Oscar in her arms. “Come down from there, Ralphy.” “I guess we can share her,” Oscar said.
Ralphy crinkled his nose at Marta. She touched it, just as she had when they first met. Ralphy smiled. For the first time in his life, he felt okay about himself. He didn’t need to be a boy. He expanded his chest. So what if some didn’t like his ears? They were unique and made him special. He glanced at Oscar. Oscar wasn’t so bad. He sort of liked him now. And he didn’t care anymore what Oscar or anyone else said about him. He now realized what he truly needed was to accept himself for who he was. He was a rabbit and happy to be one. And above all, he had his Marta back. He leaped into Marta’s arms.
A Children’s Story written By David L. Wallace with Illustrations by Lorian whose artistical pictorial representations added value to the story : Ralphy the Rabbit finds Himself.
A simple story of love for animals.
25 June 2017
Plot: A small rabbit is unhappy with some of his un-rabbit-like features that keep him from being selected from the pet shop. He overhears a parakeet repeating children’s words and wishes he could do that so maybe he could be adopted. Finally, a little girl finds him adorable and will not be deterred from taking him home where he is wonderfully fulfilled. Shortly after arrival however, he chews on a chair leg and the child is informed that he must be kept in his cage whenever his little owner is not with him. Shortly thereafter the mother brings home a cat that has been injured and ‘Oscar’ becomes the child’s chief pet. Ralphy is disheartened and when he sees a favorite TV show where a magician draws a rabbit out of a hat, then makes him disappear to be replaced by a boy, he yearns to meet the magician so he also can be a boy and talk with his owner. Meanwhile he and Goldie, the pet goldfish discover Oscar is a bit of a phony, so when Daddy decides to take Marta to see her favorite magician, they hatch a plan for Ralphy to go along. Through mismanagement, Oscar and Ralphy miss their ride and to get to the magician must depend upon each other for safety. Eventually they arrive, Ralphy encounters the magician but realizes that he can accept himself as he is and that Oscar actually can be a friend and helpful in reaching a common goal.
Discussion: This little story appears to be written in language appropriate for young children and provides valuable lessons for them with respect to self-acceptance, the advantages of working together toward a common goal and the fact that individuals may not always be characterized as they may first appear. The illustrations are cute are should appeal to children.
The story unfolds as Ralphy continues to struggle with his own identity as a new pet is brought into the home which adds to Ralphy's insecurity. Eventually, a major adventure ensues as an adoptive cat by the name of Oscar and Ralphy the rabbit travel to the flea market to see a magician and his rabbit assistant. Ralphy is hoping that the magician can turn him into a little boy so that he will be finally accepted.
In addition, to the major story or plot, there are sub-adventures that involve Ralphy, Oscar and Goldie the Goldfish that teach the trio life lessons as well as instructing the young reader who reads or hears this story. One such life lesson is when they encounter "friendly" people who may seem nice, but can try to hurt you.
Utimately, Ralphy learns an important lesson and realizes that he, like the other animals, is special and wonderfully created with a beautiful uniqueness.
This book is easy to read and will certainly capture the imagination of the young reader as they encounter a number of teachable moments including the moral of the story being to accept themselves just the way they are.
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