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Learn To Tie A Tie With

The Rabbit And The Fox

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Reader’s Favorite Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

If you ever had problems with remembering how to tie a tie or if you'd like your kids to have a head-start with it, then Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox: Story with Instructional Song by Sybrina Durant is the ideal solution. It's a little colourful book intended for kids but adults with an open mind will also find it very useful...
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GoodReads Review

Reviewed by Meghan

Rare is a book for children that actually exceeds expectations, and one of such books is Sybrina Durant’s ‘Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit and the Fox’. Sybrina took the children’s book format and effectively elevated it and made it more fun: this is probably the only book I know that includes a catchy way to teach a child something that is otherwise mundane as tying a tie ...
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Reviewed by Snjezana Marinkovic

This is definitely one of the books you buy for a child but then end up reading and enjoying it yourself. It brings out the inner child in everyone no matter their age and reminds them how fun books can be. The illustrations are clever which allow children to learn and at the same time it generates enough excitement to hold their attention...
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Reviewed by The Crafty Green Poet

A day in the life of a little rabbit, happily eating the tasty green shoots of grass until he spies a fox. A chase ensues (scenes of what a film classification board might describe as mild peril!) and the two animals trace out the actions needed to tie a neck tie...
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Reviewed by Teri Davis

For many, the thought of tying a necktie is an unrealistic vision which just doesn’t work. That perfect triangular knot is often off-center or a complete mess.  For many, the solution was a clip-on tie. They would never have existed if there hadn’t been people who couldn’t tie a necktie and make that perfectly triangular knot. Somehow though, that seemed like cheating and society frowned on those who wore the clip-ons. Obviously, the idea of tying the perfect necktie is a task that puzzles many people, young and old, men and women. How does anyone figure out this complicated knotting?...
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Amazon Customer Review

Reviewed by J. Chambers

At no time during my forty-something years of working could I tie a really good Windsor knot. My secret was that my wife tied them for me. Maybe I could have figured out the secret with Sybrina Durant's story about the rabbit and the fox, which includes some helpful illustrations of step-by-step instructions on how to tie a tie...
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Reviewed by Latoya Brown

Entertaining. Fun. I will hold on to this for my son as he comes of age.

I have no frame of reference for tying a tie, but this brings it in full context...
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Reviewed by Andrea Zanin

Okay, so I have to admit; when I read about “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox: Story With Instructional Song” I did laugh just a bit – I mean, why can’t mum or dad just do the parent thing and dish the dirt on how to tie a tie.  Then it dawned on me; Sybrina Durant’s book uses both song and humour to teach boys and girls about tying ties – to be honest, I don’t think I know a tie-tying song off the top of my head.  I also don’t see the humour in the whole business so perhaps a book is not such a bad idea?
And anyone who can write 24 pages on how to teach children to tie a tie deserves attention...Read More

Book Pleasures

Reviewed by Jennifer Andrew

Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit and the Fox is a fictional, children's book that is easy to read and understand. It is a good, entertaining story with big words and bright, vibrant colours. Cute characters help to make the story enjoyable for the child and for the parent reading it. There are a few pages that you can read as a short story or for you to read again and again...Read More

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Reviewed by Lauren Lundry

In today’s madcap, hurry up and get there, fast paced world, learning how to tie a tie and even wearing a tie is a lost art. There are very few functions that even require a man to wear a tie anymore, so how do you teach your young son the importance of wearing a tie, and why should you even care? Here we will discuss whey every young boy should be taught the importance of wearing a tie, how to tie his own tie, and why it can be a very big boost to his self-esteem when he ventures out into the real world...
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Reviewed by Bob Peryea

Most men remember how old they were when they learned to tie a “man’s tie” for the first time. It is usually done through a lot of coaching by Dad or Mum and lots trial and error.   Learning to tie a tie is easy the Rabbit and the Fox. As the Fox chases the Rabbit, a boy learns to tie his own tie. Getting dressed that day is sure to end with a little person bounding into the room in a shirt and tie, yelling, “I did it. I did by myself.” ...
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Reviewed by Athena

Learn to Tie a Tie with The Rabbit and The Fox is an adorable story that helps teach an important skill.  This book is written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Donna Marie Naval.  It is a colorful, short story that is very entertaining.   My boys never wear ties-we go to a casual church, and for weddings and such I've always had them wear button-up shirts with no ties or polo shirts.  So, when it was time for my oldest son's first formal dance, he didn't know how to tie his tie!  Guess what? ...Read More

Amazon Customer Review

Reviewed by Jorge Barnes

My 7-year old occasionally needs to wear a tie, and when he does, 2 things happen: 1) he wants to tie it himself, 2) we are always in a rush and I just tie it for him anyway!

So this book was very cool (his words), because not only was a fun story, but it taught him how to tie his own tie. ...
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Amazon Customer Review

Reviewed by Nonstopreader

Very cute book! The story idea is clever and the illustrations are amazing! It's a nice children's book whether it's about learning to tie a tie or not. Should be a fun thing for fathers or mothers and sons to do together, and little girls can learn, too! ...
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GoodReads Review

Reviewed by Valerie

Very cute story - illustrations are amazing! Even if this weren't about tying a tie the story would be cute and fun for kids. Strange thing is, it's a nice refresher course for adults or a way for younger adults new to wearing a tie (not everyone does these days)...
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Reviewed by Stephanie Noel

Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit & the Fox is a cute story that teaches kids – you will have guessed – how to tie a tie through the Native American lore of the Rabbit and the Fox. The instruction are very well integrated to the tale, as a result, it flows naturally. Thanks to this, I think the book has twice as much potential to attract children's attention, firstly with the engaging story (Will the rabbit escape?!) and secondly through the call to action (I want to try tying a tie! ...
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Examiner

Reviewed by Maryann Scheufele

Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit & the Fox by Sybrina Durant has setting, character development, a storyline with climax, conflict resolution, and a conclusion you will never forget, are all included in this story which has all of the elements of a short story. Extraordinarily, the story interjects a concept well worth developing and that is the notion that a school boy is able to do two things at once as a boy is perfectly illustrated when he thinks about something else while learning. ...
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Reviewed by Vera

It seems that fewer and fewer men are wearing ties in today's world and the little boys are simply not learning how to tie a tie. But society does require or demand a tie to be worn by gentlemen at least on some occasions.  So don't forget to teach the boys to tie a tie - someday he may need to dress appropriately for a special occasion or a job that requires the wearing of a tie. ...Read More

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Reviewed by Susan Peck

The book is based around the endearing tale of a rabbit and a hungry fox. The illustrated new story melds generations past, with a story of new found freedom and flavor.  Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox, is the careening adventure of these two characters, set to a lively and memorable instructional song, that offers a simple and fun way of learning to tie the "school boy" style knot, so many kids struggle to learn...
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Amazon Customer Review

Reviewed by Marc

Sybrina Durant is an inventive author, who understands children and what they enjoy. "Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox", is the recent book by the author who is igniting excitement in families worldwide, with a simple little book that is helping children learn a sometimes tough lesson...
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Amazon Customer Review

Reviewed by Stephen Zanzucchi

Guess What? My boys now know how to tie their own ties! It is about time! What a creative, fun way to get kids to learn life skills. My boys loved the book, and they were very excited to immediately try tying a tie...
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Article by Michael Luchies

As someone who attends countless conferences, seminars, and business related
meetings, I am expected to dress professionally while representing my company and myself with class and style. With over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship and the corporate world, I somehow have still not mastered the skill of tying my own tie...Read More

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Sybrina Durant encourages parents and children to make a game of learning a seemingly complicated manual skill…how to tie a necktie.

Her storybook, “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox”, teaches the art of tying a knot in a necktie in a fun and simple manner that builds confidence and self esteem in even the very youngest.  A simple web search will discover books, articles and even videos for learning to tie a tie.  But there was nothing geared specifically towards children until this book with its disneyesque artwork and companion step by step illustrations by Donna Marie Naval became available.  It even has a short little song to make sure all the steps for tying a school boy knot are never forgotten.  “That’s the way you tie a tie with rabbit and the fox” is sure to become a fondly remembered nursery rhyme for your children and theirs for generations to come.  It may be heard for free at Sybrina.com in English, Spanish and Tagalog….Read More

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National Necktie Day is October 18th, Tie One on to Celebrate

October 18th is indeed national necktie day.  O.K., maybe not in the U.S. but they’ve officially celebrated the invention of the necktie (or Cravat) in Croatia since 2008, as a means of fostering national pride among their citizens. Croatians believe their mercenary soldiers, in the 1600’s, ushered in the style of wearing ornamental neckwear among Europeans.  They did wear some stunning bright red neckwear into battle as a ploy to psyche out their enemies. 

This led the French sun king, Louis XIV, to begin wearing a lacy cravat at the ripe old age of 7. Soon, his countrymen fell in love with the idea of neckties. The British, then, took to the fashion and ran with it.  It was the English love for brandishing cloth ties about their necks that ultimately spread the trend around the globe, even to the New World.  American necks of every persuasion, from gentleman to common man, were soon adorned with the neckwear.  Many still are today.  ….Read More


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New Storybook Opens New Doors For Child Learning And Family Fun

Sybrina Durant is an inventive author, who understands children and what they enjoy.  “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox”, is the recent book by the author who is igniting excitement in families worldwide, with a simple little book that is helping children learn a sometimes tough lesson. 

The book is based around the endearing tale of a rabbit and a hungry fox. The illustrated new story melds generations past, with a story of new found freedom and flavor.  “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox”, is the careening adventure of these two characters, set to a lively and memorable instructional song, that offers a simple and fun way of learning to tie the “school boy” style knot, so many kids struggle to learn.  ….Read More


 

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Author, Sybrina Durant’s Pinterest Board Generates New Excitement For Teaching A Child To Tie A Necktie

For those who may believe that wearing a tie is becoming obsolete, take a look at the Pinterest board Sybrina Durant has created for her book, Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox. It contains hundreds of delightful images of children wearing neckties and provides positive proof that parents are loving the look of dapper little boys. There’s no easier way to teach boys, and their parents, to attain that look, than with this adorable, educational story that illustrates how to tie a tie in a way that even a young child can understand. With this lovely children’s book, not only will a child learn to tie a tie, but parent’s can get a refresher as well. ….Read More


 

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Once upon a time I wanted to be a writer more than anything in the world. I could tell stories with the best of them, so I just knew I could write well, too.

Funny thing about writing, though...it's nothing like telling a story. I bet you've noticed that, too. I'd even go as far as to bet there have been times...plenty of them, when you've been writing along just fine, then suddenly, you hit a brick wall over how to describe the simplest thing.

25 years ago, there wasn't anything much available other than Webster's Dictionary or Roget's Thesaurus and a couple of synonym and antonym books. So, I decided I'd start to put together what I was looking for, myself.

Those were the prehistoric days, before p.c.'s. Each bit of information I gathered was tediously placed behind index tabs in spiral notebooks...lots of notebooks and tons of tabs. It very quickly became a monstrous task.…….Read More


 

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I first began thinking of writing before I could actually spell.  There was always something in me urging me to make up stories.  My first writings were poetry and song lyrics.  It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s before I started working on my first book.

 

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Voicu Mihnea Simandan: You recently created and self-published Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox – Story With Instructional Song (2012). Where did you get the idea to create a how-to book of this type for children?

Sybrina Durant: Believe it or not, it all started way back in 1985! That’s when I first had a need to learn to tie a tie. Someone, actually a salesman in a menswear store, told me about the rabbit and the fox method of tying a tie. It was such a cute story that was so easy to remember, it just stuck with me. As time went by, I realized there were all kinds of books with illustrations and later, websites with videos showing how to tie a tie but strangely that simple little story was nowhere to be found. I decided I had to fill that niche! After all, there were already children’s picture books for learning to tie shoe laces so I believed people would have an interest in picture books teaching other types of knots as well.  ….Read More


 

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As someone who attends countless conferences, seminars, and business related
meetings, I am expected to dress professionally while representing my company and myself with class and style. With over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship and the corporate world, I somehow have still not mastered the skill of tying my own tie...Read More

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Reviewed by Joe Hempel

Sybrina Durant takes this age old story and makes it come alive in the form of a children’s book.  It’s beautifully illustrated and that helps to give the instructions in a much clearer way.

Each step of the way you see how the Rabbit and the Fox interact, and at the bottom you see how the boy ties the tie based on those actions.  It makes perfect sense!...Read More

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What was your aim for this book? What did you want readers to think and feel when reading it?

I wanted to take a seemingly complicated task and make it simple for anyone of any age – even for little kids.  I want parents and children to have fun learning together because after all, like me back then, many young parents today don’t know how to tie a tie.  I want everyone who follows the tale of the fox chasing the rabbit through the forest to have a sense of accomplishment and pride for mastering something that requires some manual dexterity.  Not all hand to eye coordination has to be experienced with video games..….Read More


 

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Reviewed by The Bookish Foodie

Now, let me be frank with you!! I’ve been to College, even graduated, but I’ve still not got down the whole tying the perfect tie!! I’m not confident even though I absolutely love ties and always dream of wearing lots of them (=well, even girls can love ties eh!)...
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Reviewed by The Bookish Foodie

What a clever idea this is and what a fun little gift for the holidays or a birthday!  It teaches children how to tie the basic and most popular knot that has always been known as the “Four in Hand” type of knot or method. The book can be read to children, and the author even suggests bringing out a couple of old ties and using them as a little family project to demonstrate. Now, granted, not every child is interested in, or needs to know about, tying a tie. But many children will show interest, I’m sure. ...
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Reviewed by KB

I read your books today, Tie a Tie with the Rabbit & the Fox and just loved it. I found the illustrations to be adorable and the writing to be playful and easy to understand. The instructions and story went very well together and will be a very nice teaching tool for children and parents alike. ...
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Sybrina Durant offers a unique gift for ring bearers, page boys and all the other boys in a wedding party.

If a child has mastered the tricky task of tying their shoe laces, they’re ready to have fun learning to tie a tie with the rabbit and the fox.  This book, with disneyesque artwork by Donna Marie Naval, is based on the age old tale of a very hungry fox chasing a frightened little rabbit through the forest in pursuit of dinner!  The book details a careening adventure of these two characters and offers a simple and fun way for learning to tie a "school boy" style knot in a necktie.   ….Read More


 

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Reviewed by 7 Year Old Caleb with the help of his Mom

I really loved the story “Learn to Tie a tie with Rabbit & the Fox,” written by Sybrina Durant. I loved the illustrations by Donna Marie Naval because they look so cool and real. Especially the one where his eyes are huge and scared, it looks so awesome! I was hoping the fox didn't catch the rabbit. ...
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