The illustrated, 26-page “Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit & the Fox” ($14.95) is a little young for my son. At 9, he is already reading the “Harry Potter” 700-pagers. But one good thing came out of this little self-published book — my son’s learned to tie a tie, a helpful skill for an upcoming special event where his father won’t be there to help.
Author Sybrina Durant employs the story of the Rabbit and the Fox as the mnemonic device. “Trying to shake the persistent Fox, the rabbit scooted under a bush,” the story goes — on that page, the line and an illustration of the rabbit scooting under a bush becomes a thought bubble for a boy tying his tie alongside the words, “Push the blade under the neck loop” as well as a drawing depicting the instruction.
Harrison didn’t learn to tie a tie on the first reading of the book. It took several looks at the instructions — and some coaching by Dad. If he has trouble in the run-up to his tie-required affair, I might have him learn “Tie a Tie with the Rabbit and the Fox” song lyrics at the back of the book. Durant has a music video for the song that you can see here, as well as helpful instructions for tying a tie online.