Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox: Story with Instructional Song

ABOUT Sybrina Durant

Sybrina Durant
I am the author of "Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox" a cute storybook meant to make it easy for parents help teach their child to learn to tie a simple knot in a necktie.  It has an accompanying instructional song.  The song and the book in print or ebook are all More...


“Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox” is a cute story offering a fun and simple lesson for tying a “school boy knot”. If you are young at heart, you will be rooting for the little rabbit to escape the snapping jaws of the very hungry fox as they race through the forest mimicking the motions of tying a tie. After reading about the rabbit’s flight from the fox, you will never again be at a loss as to how to tie this basic knot.
At last, the enchanting age old story of the rabbit and the fox is available for teaching the art of tying a simple, yet elegant knot in a tie. For generations, this endearing old world mnemonic* was passed from father to son by word of mouth only. Unfortunately, it has become all but lost to the minds of present-day well-dressed men and women.
Now, this clever memory jogger has been revived for the benefit of all future members of the tie wearing society. Have fun reading the book and singing along with the accompanying instructional song.
*Mnemonic – The art of memorizing something by associating it with words, phrases or sentences which have been especially designed to help you REMEMBER.

Believe it or not, I actually started writing that little story in 1989! My children and I were shopping for a tie for my husband to wear to a very important "white collar" job interview. He was always a "blue collar" worker thus having very little opportunity to wear a tie. Consequently, at the age of 32, he was unsure as to how to go about tying the "dang thing" properly. Laughingly, I mentioned to the salesman that my husband was going to have to call his father to get instructions over the telephone. At that point, the very pleasant young man whisked the tie, which he had helped select, off the counter and draped it around his neck. The kids and I couldn't help giggling as the effect was rather humorous considering he was already wearing a suit and tie. "Let me tell you a little story that is so simple even a child can remember it," he exclaimed and proceeded to tell us about a little rabbit who was being chased by a fox. The whole while he moved the tie through the sequence of events as they occurred. The story went like this, all inclusive, "There once was a little rabbit being chased by a fox. The fox chased him around a tree once. Then, they ran around it again. Then, the rabbit ran under a bush. Next, he jumped over a log. Then, he jumped into a hole and was safe." By the time the rabbit was safely away from the fox, the tie was completely tied with a beautiful knot. My children and I were delighted and couldn't wait to get home to show their dad what we had learned. Sure enough, we remembered the steps of the rabbit's flight from the fox and related them to him. Within moments, he had tied a knot in his new tie that looked like it had been accomplished by an expert. To make a long story short, he went on the interview looking like a true professional and got the job! I've always wanted to share this story with the world and originally created the attached animated instructional song video, which is also available on Youtube. But what I really wanted to create was a family activity picture book where all participants could practice the steps of tying the tie with the rabbit and the fox as they read the book together. And so, this little picture book was finally born and is now available in Kindle format, right here on Amazon. Look for it soon, in a version that you can actually hold in your hand! One more note - I'm just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters but I hope you'll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today. Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our creativity with the world. I'm so happy that I am able to share my works with you. That is awesome!

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