Author(s): Stephen Cosgrove
In a warm, gentle corner of the island of Serendipity lived a big bunch of bunnies. The bunnies were all the same. They had cute little noses, fluffy puffed tails, and two perky ears that stood straight up. All of the rabbits, that is, except Leo the Lop. What made Leo different was that his ears hung straight down. The other bunnies began to notice that Leo was different, which seemed very funny, indeed. Whenever Leo hopped by the other bunnies would grab their sides and giggle. Leo didnt see anything funny about the way he looked. As far as Leo could tell, he was just as normal as normal could be. Finally he asked, How come you always laugh at me?, Its your ears, they laughed. They go down, not up. You arent normal". Not being normal made Leo feel very sad. With the help of crotchety old possum, all of the rabbits learn that normal is just whoever and whatever you are.
Stephen Cosgrove was born and raised in the Northwest. In 1973, while working as vice president of an investment company, he went to a bookstore to buy a book for his three-year-old daughter. He was looking for a fun-to-read story that contained a subtle message, but instead found very little of the content that he wanted. Consequently, he decided to write his own stories. Influenced by his childhood love of Aesop's Fables, his first story and all the books that followed reflect a sense of value in the plot and their natural positive resolutions. Teaming with Seattle illustrator Robin James, Cosgrove went on to created four titles that became the foundation of his Serendipity series (over 80 million sold); however, the moral reflections within the books caused them to be rejected by publishers. Finally, in response, Cosgrove founded Serendipity Press. Years later, Cosgrove merged his thriving publishing company with Penguin/Putnam and focused his efforts on writing and the creation of multimedia events for children.