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The Rabbit Throws out His Sandal, a Mayan Folk Tale

As a children's book illustrator, Denise has many things to say about the process, her struggles, and children's books on the market today.

The finished illustration

The finished illustration

Fairy Tales and Folk Tales from Around the World

Last year, I finished a children’s alphabet book using fairy tales and folk tales from around the world as the theme. I had some trouble with Amazon saying they wouldn’t carry my book because of the illustrations, so I went to Lulu and got my first alphabet book published: The FairyTale Alphabet Book, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales from Around the World. Recently, I discovered that Amazon does have the paperback listed after all but not the digital version ebook. That is still available on Lulu though.

After I danced the happy dance at my success, I noticed that there were a lot more fairy tales out there that I didn’t use, enough to make a whole series using global fairy tales and folk tales. Thus the conception of my second alphabet book began. I have only been working on it since February and here is the eighteenth letter in the new book for the letter R.

Fairy tales help us earth-bound people to be able to soar to the stars on the wings of imagination.

— Denise McGill

Thumbnail Roughs to choose from

Thumbnail Roughs to choose from

The Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal, A Mayan Folk Tale, A South American Folktale

Long ago they all lived together in harmony in a single cave in the mountain. Each animal had his own hole in the cave: the coyote, the vulture, the deer, the lion, the snake, and so on. However, they were all tired of being tricked by the rabbit. The rabbit was a trickster and constantly tricked his fellow animals. There was nothing to do but to call a meeting and decide together what to do about that rabbit. Finally, they all agreed to roll a boulder onto the rabbit and smash him into pieces.

“Oh, Brother Rabbit,” the lion called out. “Do come out. We have something for you.”

“Yes,” agreed the other animals, hardly containing their laughter.

The rabbit was wise as well as tricky so he knew something was up. He had heard the grumbling of the other animals. He was sure whatever they had for him it would not be good.

“I’m coming,” the rabbit called. But he didn’t come. He sat down to think.

“Hurry,” the lion called to him. “We don’t want to wait for your surprise.”

“Yes,” the other animals agreed. “Do hurry.”

“I’m looking for my sandal,” the rabbit answered.

“Don’t keep us waiting,” the other animals called to him.

“I can’t seem to find it,” the rabbit complained. “Maybe you can come help me find it.”

“We don’t know what it looks like,” the other animals argued.

“I’ll throw this one out so you can see what it looks like and help me find the other one.”

The animals gathered and whispered together. “Vulture and deer, you go to the entrance and catch whatever he throws out and throw it away,” the lion directed. “We just want the rabbit.”

“Good idea,” they all agreed. So Vulture and Deer waited by the entrance.

“Here it comes my sandal,” rabbit called. “Be sure to catch it.”

Just then something came flying out of rabbit’s hole. Vulture caught it and threw it to Deer. Deer tossed it away, all the while looking into rabbit’s hole to be sure to get rabbit when he came out.

“Okay, we have it and we found your other sandal for you,” the snake lied. “Now come out for your surprise.”

They all waited and listened but there was no sound coming from the rabbit’s hole. Soon they were impatient and called for the rabbit again. But no one came from rabbit’s hole.

Rabbit had thrown himself out of the hole instead of his sandal and was thrown clear while everyone stared at his hole. By the time the rest of the animals figured out that they had been tricked again, rabbit got away free. To this day rabbit is still tricking his brother animals.

The thumbnail drawing

The thumbnail drawing

Collage Illustrations

I looked through several photo references of rabbits, deer, lions, vultures, and snakes. In the end, I used a good stock photo I had found in Pixabay of a rabbit along with a deer and a vulture. I hope you enjoy seeing my progress on the collage. Sometimes after finishing the collage, I need to make a background layer using Photoshop. This one needed the darkness of the cave for a background.

The Value sketch

The Value sketch

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”

— Audrey Hepburn

Will Be Published with Lulu

This fairy tale has been shortened to fit into my book along with all the other letters of the alphabet. If you would like to read the full version, you can Google the title and find the story as The Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal. I just may be finished with the whole book and ready to publish by the end of this year.

Hidden Pictures

In my collages, I use paper from magazines, old wall calendars, catalogs, and circulars. Often I will add things into a collage you can't see unless you are looking for it like hidden pictures. This collage contains a fawn, a lion, a howling wolf, and a photo of a girl in a frame, all in the rabbit.

Color Composition

Color Composition

“There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

— Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith)

Final Thoughts

Did you like this story’s ending? I enjoyed the trick the rabbit pulled by throwing himself out of the cave.

I hope you like my story and my fairy tale alphabet book idea. If you are interested you can purchase the first one alphabet book on Lulu or Amazon. I’d love to read your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Comments

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 26, 2020:

DDE,

It is always a joy to bring stories to people who enjoy them. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 26, 2020:

Hi Denise a beautiful story and so well written.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 24, 2020:

annart,

I wondered at the animals believing that the rabbit even wore sandals. Haha. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 24, 2020:

AliciaC,

Your concern for the rabbit made me laugh. I wanted him to escape too. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 24, 2020:

Rodric29,

I had hoped that my Alphabet series could prove to be a resource you would want to keep on your shelves and read to your children and grandchildren. With that in mind, I hoped that it would appeal to all ages. I have to admit I still love to read fairy tales and I'm not surprised that your daughter does too. Thanks for letting me know.

Blessings,

Denise

Ann Carr from SW England on November 24, 2020:

What a lovely cuddly rabbit you have made there! I was definitely on the side of the rabbit - even if he was annoying, he didn't deserve to be smashed to pieces! I guessed what was going to happen, but that's half the joy of fairy tales, isn't it? Lovely, as your stories and illustrations always are, Denise.

Ann

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 23, 2020:

I've been hoping to find one of your articles in my feed. I'm glad that I did! I'm glad that the rabbit escaped in the folk story. Even though it sounds like he was annoying, I wanted him to be safe. Thanks for sharing another interesting story and your lovely illustrations, Denise.

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on November 22, 2020:

My daughter loved the story. She is excited about the book. I told her that she is too old for an alphabet book. She does not care. She was so afraid for Rabit, but she thought he was so cool for throwing himself out and tricking the other animals. Rabit and must be one of Loki's friends and Hermes' close associates. They would make a terrific group of pranksters.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

DDE,

I'm so happy you like my work so much. I really enjoy sharing these with people and friends who appreciate them. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Brenda Arledge,

I am proud of my accomplishment so far. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 22, 2020:

I love your story. You can be very proud of your accomplishments.

The drawings of the rabbit are great too.

Goodluck with your book on Lulu.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 22, 2020:

Denise I enjo y reading the interesting tales from the different places. This is another good one and comes with your perfect illustrations.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

RoadMonkey,

Yes, it was an early bate and switch tactic, wasn't it. It is interesting that is still being used to great effect. We think we are such clever people but scammers are still doing their work. Oh well. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

billybuc,

Thanks. I feel the warmth of your applause. You are such an encouragement. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Peggy W,

I think the hardest part is picking them and then shortening them. Some of these fairy tales go on and on. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Ankita B,

Yes, I wish I was as clever to sense when something is wrong before walking right into it. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Lora Hollings,

Yes, isn't that right? In our culture we think of the fox and the crafty one. But the Maya think that the rabbit is more crafty than the fox I guess. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Eurofile,

I was pretty amazed too, when I found how many fairy tales and folk tales there were out there from all over the world that I had never heard of before. Some of them gruesome, some charming, some alarming. I'm glad you are being educated like me. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Nicoartz,

I'm glad you like the illustration. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

surovi99,

Yes, I agree. Maybe he was as much a trickster as a witty fellow with some smarts. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

bhattuc,

I'm glad you found it an amusing story. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 22, 2020:

Abby Slutsky wrote:

Another delightful fairy tale. That is exciting that you are so close to finishing. Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving.

Abby,

You are so welcome my friend. Sorry you couldn't find the feed to comment in. Thanks for the comment anyway.

Blessings,

Denise

RoadMonkey on November 21, 2020:

What an unusual tale. Rabbit was not only clever, he took a great risk, yet he was also very wise for he was pretty certain the other animals would not look at what was being thrown away. He used distraction, which is still being used by scammers to great effect even these days. Enjoyed yet another of your fairytales. Glad to hear it may be published soon.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 21, 2020:

Rodric29,

How sweet that you want to buy my book. This is the second book in the series but I imagine there will be more. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 21, 2020:

Cattaleya,

Yes, fairy tales are so imaginative and they tell a story with a moral. They make us think and laugh and remember to be careful. Is it any wonder I love fairy tales? Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 21, 2020:

Jodah,

He was a bit of a smarty pants, wasn't he? Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on November 21, 2020:

Ericdierker,

I'm glad you like my artwork. That's my life you know. Thanks for commenting.

Blessings,

Denise

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 21, 2020:

I've always loved rabbits. Now I have one more reason to do so. As always, a pure delight to read your work and sit in awe of your artwork. Bravo!

blessings always

bill

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2020:

It is amazing to me just how many fairy tales are out there! You do each of them justice with your cute renditions of the stories and your beautiful artwork.

Ankita B on November 21, 2020:

I loved the ending. The rabbit was clever enough to sense something was wrong. Your stories are always lovely to read, Denise.

Lora Hollings on November 20, 2020:

It looks like those animals were outwitted once again, not by a fox, but by a rabbit! I love your artwork, Denise. Beautiful job. This book will be another winner, for sure!

Liz Westwood from UK on November 20, 2020:

Lovely illustration for an interesting tale. I liked the ending too. I am amazed at the way you dig up these fascinating tales, many of which I have never heard of before.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on November 20, 2020:

I loved the story and the image is outstanding! Beautiful work.

Rosina S Khan on November 20, 2020:

The rabbit certainly used its wits and tricked other animals to save its life. I really liked the ending. The collage illustration is lovely, as always. Thank you for sharing, Denise.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on November 20, 2020:

Very interesting story. Amusing.

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on November 20, 2020:

This is a good story and I am glad that I found it. I am going to tell it to my daughter tonight. Thank you for this. I cannot wait to buy your book.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on November 20, 2020:

Aah such a witty story. Rabbit sure is a clever one. Loved the collage too.

I love fairytales. I think without imagination life would be unbearable. And fairytales are the best form of imagination.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2020:

I enjoyed the story, Denise. Loved the ending, the rabbit was just too smart. Beautiful work on the collage too.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 20, 2020:

Oh what a trickster. A really fun story. Your art is wonderful as always.