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  • -Welcome back, everybody.

  • I'm talking with Natalie Portman.

  • Natalie, thanks again for being here.

  • Congrats on your first children's book.

  • I have it right here, "Natalie Portman's Fables."

  • It's great, it's funny, but also teaches valuable lessons.

  • It is perfect for the holidays.

  • I cannot wait to take this home and read it to my daughters.

  • What was the inspiration for the book?

  • Why did you want to write this?

  • -I was reading books to my kids,

  • and both my son and my daughter,

  • I was noticing that the classic books

  • were overwhelmingly, like, the classic stories,

  • overwhelmingly male characters.

  • And it's so much about what we're telling kids

  • is important to pay attention to,

  • and who we're telling them to empathize with,

  • and whose stories we want them to empathize with.

  • And so, I didn't want to, like, throw away

  • the classic stories, but I was like, what if we did it

  • and just reflected the world more as it is,

  • where there's all genders,

  • and the animal kingdom represents the real world?

  • So, you know, there's -- the wolf is female,

  • one of the pigs is female.

  • You know, where -- -It's "Three Little Pigs,"

  • "Tortoise and the Hare," City Mouse --

  • "Country Mouse and City Mouse."

  • I think it's great.

  • Not only do I love your take on it,

  • and the illustrations, by the way, as well.

  • But also, it is a quality book.

  • It's a real book.

  • And I love when it's quality, and you go,

  • oh, you didn't just slap your name on it and you walk away.

  • Attention to detail, I'm telling you.

  • You know what I'm talking about, pal.

  • Especially, I love this.

  • The front page is one of my favorite parts.

  • "This book belongs to..."

  • I remember that, like, all my books as a kid.

  • -I also wanted a table of contents.

  • Like, that was really important to me because

  • my daughter really loves to, like, point to which story

  • she wants when there's many stories in a book.

  • And so I wanted it to have, like, an illustration

  • so that kids that can't read yet can choose which story

  • they want first.

  • -I just love the illustration, too.

  • -Yes. Janna Mattia, who did the illustrations is so amazing,

  • and she has all of these little hidden jokes, too.

  • In "The Tortoise and the Hare,"

  • there's like a tortoise -- a hare taking a tortoise

  • out of a hat like a magician,

  • and there's like a porcupine making balloon animals.

  • There's all these little, like, little jokes.

  • -Isn't it amazing? It's so fun,

  • and are your kids, like -- are you --

  • do you practice on your kids and like,

  • "Hey, do you guys like this rhyme?

  • Does this sound good? Or does..."

  • -Totally. I fully read it to them

  • as I was in process and saw what made them laugh,

  • or what was interesting to them,

  • or what made them, like, you know,

  • not pay attention and zone out. -Yep.

  • -So, it was great having kind of like editors at home.

  • -All right. It's called "Fables,"

  • "Natalie Portman's Fables."

  • Thank you so much for coming on the show,

  • and congrats on "Thor."

  • And come back and talk to us whenever.

  • You're awesome, buddy. Stay safe.

  • -Thank you so much. So good to see you.

-Welcome back, everybody.

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