Dr. Della Long Halper’s Newly Released "The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit" Is a Charming Storybook With the Surprisingly Serious Themes of Loss, Guilt, and Redemption

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"The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit" from Christian Faith Publishing author Dr. Della Long Halper is a delightful, morally significant chapter book focusing on the adventures and life decisions of five young sibling rabbits and their family and friends. Dr. Halper, an animal lover, chose to use animals to tell this story, believing that younger readers would be more receptive to the lessons learned by the animals in Petunia's story.

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"The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit" is an educational tale for readers ranging in ages from 12 to adult. The book is the creation of published author Dr. Della Long Halper, a great-grandmother and retired clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who lives in the country with her husband, a psychiatrist.

"Petunia is a fantasy about loss, guilt, and redemption.” Dr. Halper states, "I wrote Petunia because it has been my professional experience that guilt and the difficulty in managing that emotion are perhaps the most prevalent of concerns for children as well as for adults. In a sizable percentage of cases, the guilt acquired in childhood remains undiminished throughout one’s life, and there are simply too few guidelines available to help in working through the discomfort and pain related to this feeling. Too often, the naive and futile attempts to manage one's pain do little, other than create additional pain, and most certainly contribute to many of one's poor behavior choices." To address the problem, Dr. Halper wrote "The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit" as an emotion handbook and reference.

Petunia’s story demonstrates that even in the direst of circumstances, faith, family structure, and tradition continue to be a first defense and of lasting importance. If one is fortunate enough to be blessed by the inclusion of these concepts in one’s life, they function as a major deterrent against the self-hatred felt by a surprising number of children and young adults despite their diverse personal circumstances.

Dr. Halper notes, "Sadly, too few of us are ever aware that our continued problems in life may be traced to our continuing to think and act like a child when it is the wisdom of the adult that is needed."
To clearly illustrate this idea, one of the book's characters gives Petunia, and through her, the reader, a chart outlining the difference between child and adult behaviors and choices. This chart allows readers to judge for themselves if their coping responses are healthy and mature.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Della Long Halper’s new book is an entertaining and instructive story that presents various unexpected scenarios in a light and disarming manner. The important lessons of learning to do the right thing and the folly of impulsive behaviors are a main focus of many of the chapters. An ideal book for discussion within the family and youth mentorship programs, Dr. Halper includes an afterword brimming with food for thought and encourages readers of all ages to develop a personal belief system in the face of life’s challenges.

View a synopsis of “The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “The Lessons of Petunia Rabbit”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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