Jebley & Souffle: A Story of Play

Jebley & Souffle: A Story of Play

by Kevin J. Zrenda


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Jebley & Souffle: A Story of Play by Kevin J. Zrenda

"Jebley and Soufflé, a Story of Play" is unique within the children's literature space. A bit of an ode to Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" in its rhythm, a hint of Seuss, and a lengthier structure made manageable by a 'choose your own adventure' format, it is a story of a horse and lion, of two friends journeying by rhyme through the idyllic scenes of childhood and imagination. It refreshingly emphasizes play, warmth, and comfort, while complimenting the traditional childhood routines of napping and sleeping. It is meant to be a celebration of the safe roots and heart of the childhood experience of play. Reinforcing a beautiful message is beautiful artwork-details are not overwhelming, and yet even the texture of the canvas is still visible to entertain the eyes.

The Concept: Jebley and Soufflé embark on wonderful adventures through the mechanism of a magical elevator, whisked away to idyllic locations familiar to most children. In being able to 'choose' a floor, the story becomes shorter or longer based on the whim of the reader. With a poetic, stylized writing, the work is intended to be read to the 2-4 year old, with the aim that a 5-6 year old can read it both to enjoy and to become familiarized with new vocabulary. The overall intent is to bring together parent and child, teacher and student, adult and little one, while imparting fun, joy, the familiar, and rhythm into the young one's experience of reading. In addition, a generic prayer to 'the Lord,' and themes of both napping and sleeping, render the book a potential favorite at both of these regular times for young ones.. The combination of rich language, beautiful art, and directional storytelling set this book apart and will draw the reader to return again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491843918
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 12/30/2013
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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Jebley & Soufflé

A Story of Play

By Kevin J. Zrenda, Marnie Vollenhals

AuthorHouse LLC

Copyright © 2014 Kevin J. Zrenda
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4918-4391-8


Let us sing of true friends, two hearts of a kind, Four legged pals, who loved the outside. When the sun came out, out they would leap, Prancing and running, on all eight feet. Now Jebley was kingly, in the loving best sense, Royal colors of gold, adorned tail to chest. And Soufflé the horse was warm hearted and sweet, A mare shaded in violets, from her head to her feet. They were laughing and dancing, singing some songs, While the sun kept shining, all morning long.

Do you play outside? Do you run around? Do you jump? Do you climb? Do you monkey around? They played, they ran, they jumped, they climbed! They loved adventures, the outdoor kind. As time passed by morning, then passed by noon, The friends grew tired, and needed rest soon, So hoofs hoofed and paws pawed, and feeling quite blessed, They headed for home, the place they loved best.

As was their routine, they went straight to their room To nap on their pillows, comfy and blue. Jebley yawned first, "I'm tired," he said. Soufflé neighed gently, "that's perfect for bed!" As the two friends put their heads down to sleep, They whispered to God, a prayer He would keep:

"Oh sweet Lord, to you we pray, To give us rest, and bless our day, That in Your arms, we will find, Our dreams come true, in heart and mind. And wake us then from peaceful nap, To run and laugh, and play again!

For a time it was quiet, save the breathing of two, 'Til in through the window the sun poked through; Which triggered a yawn, some blinks and two smiles, And led to a chorus, "let's play for awhile!"

Refreshed and awake, a giddy Soufflé, Whinnied to Jebley, "Giddy-up, let's play!" They trotted and galloped through the green woods 'Til their feet arrived where a brick building stood The door was open, open wide So Jebley said, "let's go inside!" Once through the door, Soufflé said out loud, "It's an Elevator, Jebley, look what we found!"


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful for children!