Book Spotlight: The Tortoise and the Fair: An Aesop's Fable Hardcover by J.R. LaMar

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Book Spotlight:

The Tortoise and the Fair: An Aesop's Fable Hardcover by J.R. LaMar

Today at Mustard Seed Sentinel we are spotlighting the traditional children’s storybook, The Tortoise and the Fair: An Aesop’s fable hardcover by J.R. LaMar. He shared with us why he wrote the book.

Why J. R. Wrote the Book

Aside from being a fresh, fast-paced, and colorful version of the classic Tortoise and the Hare tale, my new book The Tortoise and the Fair holds a very special place amid my personal library. As my first traditional children’s storybook, it is distinctive among my personal works but also stands unique among its peers, due to its rhyme scheme and twist ending.

My reason for writing this particular story is because I really wanted to write a story that’s proven to resonate with kids, but I needed something unique as well. To me, the logical solution lay somewhere between the two and culminated in what is now The Tortoise and the Fair.

At the core of this story and my writing in general is always the purpose of creating literature that makes people smile. I think often about how frequently the Bible speaks of joy and it’s for good reason. If people could maximize the joy in their life a great many problems could be solved in this world. If I accomplish nothing else but creating joy with this book, I would consider that to be a success.

About the Book

Come WOLF and come SLOTH, come SNAIL and BEAR,


Come creature with glamour, come creature with flair,

Shout LOUDLY and PROUDLY Hooray, for the fair!


About the Author

J.R. LaMar at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.R. LaMar is a 26 year old American children's poet who lives in Coos Bay, Oregon with his wife Chelsea and their three girls Arya, Chloe, and Hazel. He is a stay at home father and a full-time student with the hopes of becoming a teacher. His wife Chelsea works with disadvantaged children and is in recovery from a nearly fatal post-partum infection.

Falling in love with children's poetry at a young age by reading the works of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, he hopes that his children will one day find the ​same joy reading his work as he did the others. They thank God each day for the opportunities they've been given.

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