Book 1

Join precocious ducklings Lillybeth and Hinsberth as they set out on an ill-fated expedition to the top of the sky and instead make a harrowing discovery which will lead them on an incredibly heartwarming adventure in Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things.

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Book 2

Prepare for intensely uplifting adventure as clever Lillybeth and kindhearted Hinsberth innocently set off to solve an ancient mystery but have their quest quickly become a desperate journey to save a beloved friend in Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Essence of Things.

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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.

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Recent News

World Book Day

Posted by R. S. Markel on Apr 23rd, 2017

Today is world book day, a particular day marked every year since the initial inception in 1995 to celebrate books and the joy of reading. As an avid reader, an author, and a father of a daughter who cannot seem to find enough books or time to read, World Book Day is an annual reminder of the importance of reading and of learning through the medium of the written word. So whether one wishes to be immersed in some faraway, fantastical place or discover the hidden workings of our amazing world, I hope we might all find the opportunity to spend even a little bit of today in the company of a favorite book. And now that I have written this tidy little post, I shall find a comfortable spot and return to my reading.

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On Planets and Fireflies

Posted by R. S. Markel on Dec 16th, 2016

One evening this past summer I found occasion to surprise my family by announcing an immediate departure for a little adventure at the time when preparations for journeys into dreamland are normally commenced.

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Appearance at Children's Chorale Fundraiser

Posted by R. S. Markel on Dec 02nd, 2016

R. S. Markel and the Lillybeth and Hinsberth books and prints will be at the Boulder Chorale holiday concert "A Thousand Beautiful Things". The concert is to be held at FUMC as part of the Chorale's annual fundraiser on December 9th from 7 to 9 and December 11 from 4 to 6. Come for a chat and to enjoy the beautiful holiday music and gifts!

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The Books


The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

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A Lillybeth and Hinsberth Newsletter!

Sign up to receive R. S. Markel's newsletter "The Anati Daily" and receive updates on news and events and the forthcoming third installment to the heartwarming Lillybeth and Hinsberth trilogy.

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Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

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Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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