THE ADVENTURES OF WILHELM: A RAT'S TALE by Maria Ritter. Illustrated by Teri Rider ***Guest Post: How do you make peace with rats? -- Giveaway***

The Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat’s Tale 

by Maria Ritter

Genre: Children's Fantasy


Illustrator: Teri Rider
Category: Middle-grade Fiction, 210 pages
Publisher: PartnerPress
Release date: August 2018
Tour dates: March 11 to 29, 2019
Content Rating: G (This is a clean children's book with no expletives, violence, sex or drugs.)

Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.

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Guest Post

How do you make peace with rats!?

by Maria Ritter

This hated pest that creeps around your house at night, scares the hell out of you when coming face to face, gnaws cables, invades your attic, drops from trees, disturbs your sleep at night and builds nests in your unused BBQ or under the hood of your stored car?

During a recent visit to The Home Depot, I walked along a whole isle stocked with rodent killers: pellets, traps, sprays, electronic ultrasound rodent repellents, and ads for pest control businesses - promising instant extermination and dead rats!

O rats! Maybe consider a truce for a moment or a word of truth. Remember the cute Mickey Mouse you adore in Disneyland, or the pet rat your Kindergarten teacher brought to class, or a soft Steiff rat you held in your hands for comfort at night?

How do we live with pesty creatures around us? They fight back, too. Our hero, Wilhelm, throws food at nasty trolls in Sweden, makes messes in an IKEA truck, confronts pit bulls and mafia rats, but also learns when to fight and when to be helpful. Our Rat discovers a world full of wonder and adventure.

In Rome, Wilhelm hears about a peace maker – an old Saint by the name of Francis of Assisi, who lived way back in the 12th century. He shared with the people in Gubbio, Italy, a wise lesson about living together in relative peace. It is still pertinent for us today, the story about St. Francis and the Wolf. Maybe if you read about our rat, Wilhelm and his friends, you may also find a way to make a truce with rats and with yourself. Let me know what you are discovering.

My friend, Patricia Lindquist, puts this dilemma in these words, "Wilhelm inspires thinking about good and evil. A real rat survives on his ability to remember traps. Wilhelm the rat has a crucial human attribute, kindness." 

Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.

Warmly, 
Maria

PS. What a skillful and decorated rat’s nest below but in the wrong place?





About the Author

Maria Ritter is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in La Jolla, California. She is the author of Return to Dresden (2004), an autobiographical reflection on her childhood in Germany during and after World War II. It is a healing memoir that confronts national guilt for the Nazi past and weaves the broken pieces of loss and grief into a healing tapestry.

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