A Runtamuffin Tale (Hard-Cover)


Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

This story is based on the true life adventures of my chickens and their life at Legacy Farms. Runtamuffin, Aka Runti, is the smallest of 14 chickens and she has the biggest personality! She loves the attention of all the people and truly has a friendship with Mariett! I wrote this book from my heart and how I personally see my chickens and the life they live through my eyes. There are several life lessons – from sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, respect, and most of all … your size doesn’t matter! I truly hope you enjoy the book and the wonderful illustrations as much as Marc and I do.

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16 reviews for A Runtamuffin Tale (Hard-Cover)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Richards

    Runtamuffin is a delightful tale of a small, but fearless chicken who’s curiosity leads her to venture outside her natural instincts. This bravery enriches not only her life, but also the lives of all the friends she meets along the way. A book with many lessons for children of all ages!”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenna Koelhoffer

    “We loved it! I loved Bodo’s character, the mighty protector. Scrambled was hysterical and of course, Runti &3 Mariett’s personality was exactly as We imagined to would be, and the mud puddles were awesome. Hope you’re planning on a sequel.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marlene Whitaker

    So happy to meet Runti! Loved it all.I thought it was pure Melissa filled with love and a determined grin! Congratulations!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larissa Hise Henoch

    A beautifully written and illustrated book filled with life lessons that are sure to make you fall in love with Runtamuffin and all of her friends!”

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandy Dolan

    The book is beautifully illustrated and captures the unique personalities of each of the barn yard’s characters.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aaron Taylor

    Very intricate and detail oriented! The illustrations accent the story in a very unique and playful way!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Courtnet Canfield

    As an animal lover at heart… It resonated. She has certainly had an unusual and interesting association with such a wide variety of animals. I love the part about her mother.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Weston Davis

    A great read and addition to anyone’s collection. Melissa’s story is bright and captivating. Highly recommend!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    June Brody

    A charming tale about life on a farm conveying how caring for each other can bring warmth and comfort to all – a life lesson on friendship.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stella Daliessio

    Runtimuffin is awesome – it’s funny when they all splashed in the puddles & Lasse had to chase Loui! I would recommend it to my friends because Runti makes lots of new friends & goes on adventures! And I like the illustrations ’cause they look alive!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marcia Pepper

    love it… it creates a friendly, safe environment for a child’s imagination , while also giving some life lessons.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirkus Reviews

    In her debut, Taylor provides warm scenarios of friendship, growing trust, and simple pleasures,such as splashing in puddles. A pleasant look at chickens and their friends.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charles Ashbacker

    This is a book about animals on what can be considered a small farm, the title character is the runt of a group of fourteen newly acquired chicks. On this farm, the animals are considered to be part of the family and all of them have their own names. The attitudes of the chickens are developed with this in mind, although they have distinct personalities.
    Once the chicks are large enough to be safer from predators, they are allowed to roam freely, at this time “Bodo,” a Hungarian bird dog, takes over as their protector. There are also horses on this farm and they easily converse with the chickens. The horses are valuable show horses and some have traveled all the way to Europe to compete. When they are told that the horses wear blankets and other fashion accessories, the chickens are jealous and express a desire to also be dressed up.
    The entire farm is presented as a happy family, where all of the animals communicate with each other, yet the humans appear to be oblivious to this. That does not diminish this excellent story about animals of different species that form a society.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Net In Time

    Runtamuffin…. is a cute little chicken that learns quickly that people are it’s friends, and that thought carries Runtamuffin throughout her entire life. This fun picture book for children captures life in a barnyard, while teaching important truths to its readers.

    Imagine you want to give someone a gift unique to them, what would it be?
    In Lasse’s case….he wanted to be a farmer…the gift, just for him…chickens! Oh my the girls had fun in making this gift special for him. You could sense the delight they had in the creating, and their love for him.

    And so starts the story of Runtamuffin and her adventures. She learned to trust her humans, she learned to trust the other animals, to count on their aid, and they in turn learned to count on her. Tales of adventure awaited little Runtamuffin.

    It’s a nice story for youngsters, the font making it one to read alongside a child as opposed to reading to a group of children.

    The illustrations are full colour and give many talking points, such as why a chicken might sit on the back of a horse, how they might learn which horses were safe to visit and which were not, and the joy of listening to a well told story.

    My thoughts:
    It was a cute story, seeing all the farm animals, the protective dog, the newest arrival and the curiousity among the chickens and the boldness of Runtamuffin. Nicely told.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacy Tilton

    Life’s a real zoo at Legacy Farms, where 14 chickens, a couple of dogs and an assortment of horses with diverse temperaments learn to share their days on the sprawling homestead.

    Based on the true life adventures of author Melissa Taylor’s charming chickens, A Runtamuffin Tale is a delightful new children’s book that follows the life of Runtamuffin — or Runti — a tiny chicken with a big personality. Runti becomes the first chicken brave enough to form a bond with one of the farm’s largest inhabitants — a beautiful horse named Mariett.

    All the animals on the farm soon learn that differences in size and outward appearances don’t mean a thing in this colorful tale that subtly interweaves valuable life lessons on sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, anti-bullying and mutual respect.

    The 57-page book, wonderfully illustrated by Marc Beauregard, targets children ages 6 to 12 and would make a treasured addition to any family’s home or elementary school library.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Skane, The Portsmouth Review

    A Runtamuffin Tale is a children’s book that showcases a bucolic farm life and relationships between animals with an anthropomorphic flair. Semi-centered on a tiny hen called Runtamuffin (“Runti”), author Melissa Taylor based the story on the adventures of her real-life chickens on the farm. Melissa Taylor | 2017 | Hardcover | Illustrated by Marc Beauregard | 57 pp

    The story begins with a group of girls surprising a farmer with a clutch of chicks. The chicks are named one by one: Nessie, Phatty, Patty, Sally, Scrambled, Benedict and so forth. When they came to the smallest chick, they decided to name her Runtamuffin and gave her lots of special attention.


    The chicks grow into hens, go from a coop to a cozy hen house, and are able to be let outside. From there, the story moves into the direct relationships between Runti and the other animals on the farm. Initial impressions fail to solidify with a dog, a horse, and a new puppy. We watch as Runti goes from apprehension to appreciation for a dog, from jealousy to camaraderie with a horse, and from annoyance to acceptance with a new puppy.

    Runti may be a tiny creature, but her size doesn’t keep her from making herself known and following up on her natural curiosity. A Runtamuffin’s Tale is a sweet and simple story filled with lessons on friendship and the different worlds we can live when a new friendship is cultivated.

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