About the Stories
The stories of R. S. Markel are stirred from a recipe mixed of mystery, adventure, moving themes and heartwarming sentiment, all presented through an amiable cast of dauntless animal characters who, at first blush, one would not believe capable of everything they accomplish. But somehow over the course of these stories the characters become more than they seem — more and more human, and especially, humane; for within these works one will find the comic and the tragic but neither violence nor villains, and when in the midst of all the excitement the fact the cast is composed of those feathered and furry tends to gently float away.
While including sophisticated vocabulary and subject matter, these books are charming and fun-loving, making them age appropriate as well as challenging for advanced readers who are delighted to play in the imaginative world of words. The title characters — a pair of precocious duckling friends named Lillybeth and Hinsberth — are all at once innocent, intelligent, curious, empathetic and adventurous. The stories revolve around these two ducklings and their entanglement in often perilous adventure, and to the curious reader the ducklings and their feathered and furry friends may feel familiar, for they never cease exploring the intricacies and seeking to solve the difficulties inherent in their whimsical world. Written in a timeless style free of colloquialisms, product placements or contemporary references, the books can be interpreted according to the reader’s level, with the more emotionally advanced themes also making them enjoyable for adults who relish the simple pleasure of a moving story.