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Lillybeth & Hinsberth: The Edges of Things

Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things

A heartwarming tale of friendship, courage and determination.

Join two incredibly precocious ducklings on the adventure of a lifetime as clever Lillybeth and kindhearted Hinsberth set out on an ill-fated expedition to search for the top of the sky and instead make a heart-wrenching discovery - a discovery which will set them against impossible odds on an epic quest to free a thousand suffering souls. But these two imperturbable friends will do everything in their power to break all barriers and turn their quiet little village upside down and inside out in a desperate bid to go beyond The Edges of Things. A monumental testament to the power of kindness, innocence and unflappable determination, Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things is a timeless adventure that will leave you soaring.

Appropriate for all ages, Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things is 440 pages.

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Grown-up Reviews


Deborah Greenwood rated it ★★★★★
Although not a typical book I would find myself reading, the story automatically pulled me in. I enjoyed this book immensely and couldn't put it down, the flow of the story intertwines all the characters and keeps you wanting to know more. It is a beautiful tale of how one should never give up, despite the challenges in front of them. I will be passing this onto my children to enjoy. I am very grateful I was given the opportunity to read this book, it is well written and has a story one can interpret however they choose.

Elaine Chang rated it ★★★★★
I like how this author gives voice to animals, using symbolism to share his deep philosophical thoughts about life. This rescuing story initiated by two curious and courageous ducklings should appeal to both young and old. I am struck by the love, freedom, confidence and optimism possessed in these young minds, which eventually enabled them to melt all “Edges of Things” that had been presented to them as barriers earlier. I also like the character “Chaffy”, who manifested “a certain freedom of thoughts and action,” and the insights of wisdom seemed to be spoken through him. Every page is written beautifully with eloquent flow and vivid descriptions. All hand-drawn illustrations by author look cheerful and heartwarming. I only wish the author could do a hand-drawn picture-book version so that my preschooler would also be able to appreciate.

Deborah Galea rated it ★★★★★
My 4th grade daughter and I loved this heartwarming, lovable, feel-good children's story. I especially liked the story about the pig who had no friends and no-one had bothered to name. When he nursed Hinsberth the duckling back to health, Hinsberth gave him the name Milchester and became his lifelong friend. The book contains lots of good words to build a great vocabulary and its content is appealing to advanced young readers and adults.

Expert Reviews

Helen (age 10) rated it ★★★★★
Lillybeth's and Hinsberth’s adventures and inventive spirits inspire me to create and dream big. Their story filled my heart with both sadness and happiness as they made the world a better place to live.

Franchesca (age 12) rated it ★★★★★
I loved these books, for all of the strong, courageous, but still realistically different, ducklings that populate The Farm and beyond. I fell in love with Lillybeth, a strong, proud, and determined little duck, and Hinsberth, a smart, humorous, and studious duckling. The Edges of Things and The Essence of Things are must reads.


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


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The Author

Photograph by Tracy Burke

Welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of novels 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 essays, interviews, and illustrations. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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"I am so sorry Mr. Hinsberth. I almost forgot — you are real."
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