A Runtamuffin Tale: Where Everyone Learns To Get Along And Respect Our Differences

A Runtamuffin Tale
by Melissa Taylor

A Runtamuffin Tale: Where Everyone Learns To Get Along And Respect Our Differences

West Palm Beach, FL, February 6, 2018 ― 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.

Author Melissa Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Melissa’s mom filled her childhood home with animals, which cultivated Melissa’s love and desire to surround herself with all types of four- and two-legged creatures.

She currently lives, owns and runs a farm with her husband in South Florida with 14 chickens, 34 horses, 5 dogs and a cockatiel.

For more information about Melissa and her children’s book, please visit:

A Runtamuffin Tale
Release date: 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9989887-0-2
Hardcover and digital download available from www.runtavision.com.


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.
Melissa Taylor
“A life without animals is a life without meaning.”
Personally I love to read horror or mystery books.
Steven King, Tami Hoag, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Ted Dekker are some of the authors I enjoy.
I do prefer to hold the actual book and page thru the pages by hand compared to a ebook or reading it on the Internet but I guess that is where I am a bit “ old fashioned “ Writing about the funny things my chickens, dogs or horses do daily came easy.
I can sit and watch my animals interact with each other and their reactions to the surroundings they live in for hours and I end up laughing all the time. Laughter is good for the soul and many people tell me “ you crack yourself up “ .
But if you can’t laugh at yourself , what or whom can you laugh at.


Marc Beauregard

Marc Beauregard is a master painter and muralist.

He received his bachelor’s degree from College at New Paltz in New Paltz, New York.

He also studied at the Kansas City Art institute and expanded his education at the L’Academia del’Arte in Italy, which has enabled him to master the art of trompe l’oeil with a proficiency matched by few.

Marc often integrates a clean, contemporary style with old world subject matter.

The dichotomy of visual elements stimulates the senses and evokes an aura of harmony between old and new.

Marc is one of South Florida’s foremost commissioned artists ; he works privately with consultants, designers, and clients.


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