Wonderful Stories

Hairy Hettie

The Highland Cow who needs a haircut!

Jo Allan

Softbound

$11.95

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Hettie the Highland cow has lots of hair to keep her warm and cosy. But other animals want to be cosy, too... In springtime, two blackbirds stop by and build their nest in Hettie's hair. She's a cow not a hedge!

In summertime, butterflies lay their eggs in Hettie's fur, and they grow into wriggling caterpillars.

In autumn, a squirrel burrows into her fur to hibernate.

And in winter, a mountain hare hops aboard, too! Poor Hettie. She's a cow, not a hairy hotel! Maybe it’s time for a haircut...

Charming and warm for ages 3-6.

Hello Farm, How do You Do?

Marjolein Thiebout & Loes Botman

Board Book

$9.95

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Softly vibrant illustrations bring each farm animal to life as the text in verse introduces our very young children to the inhabitants of the farm.

Hello cow, hello calf,
how do you do?
Can we stop and talk to you?
Moo moo moo
Nice to meet you too!
Moo moo moo

Ages 1-3/4

Hoglet the Spineless Hedgehog

Allyson Marnoch

Softbound

Illustrated by Lorraine Ward

$11.95

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Mrs. Hog had already noticed that the fourth baby was the last to do everything. He seemed to be smaller than the rest, but what worried her more than anything was that he had no spines.

Hoglet is a problem hedgehog! With no prickles to defend himself, he needs to overcome his lack of spines and find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate for the winter. Hoglet is a small hedgehog with a big attitude, but will he survive the worsening weather and other wild creatures of the woods?

A heartwarming tale, set in the Scottish countryside, of one little hedgehog’s attempts to conquer adversity with politeness—and a certain amount of luck! This delightful and charmingly illustrated book will appeal to young and old alike.

(Ages 6–10)

Reuben and Barney's Day on the Farm

Nannie Kuiper & Alex de Wolf

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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Reuben lives on a farm with his dog Barney. Today they woke up and rushed outside to start an exciting new day. They feed the chickens, pigs, and rabbits, weed the vegetable patch and stop the naughty goats from eating all the flowers. They visit the cows, ride Chestnut the pony, and try not to get stung by the buzzy bees. They play outside in the fields and the orchard until it's time to go home for supper.

This bright, lively picture book is packed with character and movement. There are plenty of animals for young children to spot, and noises for them to join in with. Children will make friends with lovable Reuben and Barney as they play and do simple jobs on the farm.

(Ages 2-5)

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

Judith Viorst

Illustrated by Erik Blegvad

Softbound

$6.99

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I found this book at our veterinary's office while I was waiting with our bird, Chipper, for an appointment.  Fortunately for me, the doctor was running a bit late, so I was able to read the whole book.  After drying my eyes, a smile lingered, and I knew we had to offer this gem to others.  It is just that good, and it is a beautiful book to share with any child who has lost an animal friend.

Barney the Cat dies on a Friday, leaving the small boy who is his friend very sad.  The boy's mother and father create a special funeral for the cat and ask the boy to think of ten good things about Barney so that he can tell them at their backyard ceremony.  But the boy can think of only nine . . . until he discovers the tenth while talking to his father, and begins to understand.

Very highly recommended.

Goodbye, Mr. Muffin

Ulf Nilsson, Anna-Clara Tidholm

Translated by Nathan Large

$17.95

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"I've had it good, better than most: a very clever and kind wife, a little blue house with its own letter box, six furry little children..."

In his youth, Mr. Muffin was a strong guinea pig who could carry a whole cucumber on his back. Now old, grey and tired, he looks back on his life. Then one Wednesday morning, he feels a sharp pain in his stomach ...



This sweetly beautiful book is for ages three and up. It tells the touching story about the death of a much-loved pet. Growing old, death rites, the question of the afterlife, all are handled with warmth and gentle humor.

The story also shows that the final stages of life need not be a 'difficult' subject. A beautiful book that children love—it is one of Sweden's bestselling and most-borrowed children's books—Goodbye Mr Muffin won the 2002 Swedish August Prize. Voted book of the year by a children's poll in both the Swedish Book Jury Prize (2002) and the French Chronos Prize for Youth Literature (2008–2009).

All the Dear Little Animals

Ulf Nilsson

Illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Hardbound

$17.95

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I never expected to like, let alone be charmed and delighted by, a book for children about death.  But, All the Dear Little Animals has won my heart!  This story is so lightly, sweetly, humorously told; and so true and calming and hopeful.  It is, really, everything that any of us would want in a children's story.  It just happens to be about death.

On a rather boring summer's day, so the book goes, three children decide they'll  start a business called Funerals Ltd., to help bury the poor dead animals of the world.  Esther did the digging, the author wrote the poems for the graveside services, and Esther's little brother, Puttie, cried.  In an off-beat, playful way, these children explore the fact of death in the world and address its reality with an earnestness that at the same time is in no way morose or intellectualized.  This is really just a perfect book for children about a subject we adults often find difficult to discuss.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

This captivating book takes us on a safe, funny and deeply meaningful adventure.
- Julie Stokes OBE, Founder and Clinical Director of Winston's Wish

The best book I have seen perhaps in years. I just love it.
Kate de Goldi, NZ National Radio

Tiptap the Gnome and Other Tales

Lucia Grosse

Softbound, half-size format

$6.99

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Lucia Grosse was a teacher of eurythmy and painting for many years at the Rudolf Steiner School in Basel, Switzerland.  During that time she created these little rhyming stories for her grandchildren and illustrated them with beautiful watercolor paintings.  The result is Tiptap the Gnome and Other Tales, one of the sweetest, dearest little books for young children.

In the six stories held between its covers, Tiptap draws children and adults into the soft joys of the natural world and of human kindness.  All the stories are told in rhyme, each verse being accompanied by its own wonderful picture.  Really a joy for young children and those who love them!

Batistine's Summer with Grandpa

Treska Lindsey

$16.00

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Batistine's Summer with Grandpa

Spend a glorious summer with Batistine on her Grandpa's rustic farm!  In sunshine, fresh air and sheer joy, Batistine learns about the animals of the farm and those of the fields, when to harvest, how to do all manner of chores, even bridling the great big horse!  Grandpa teaches her more, too.  Together they talk about being together, parting, what a stupendous accomplishment learning to count is, and watch the clouds float across the sky.  Treska Lindsey's beautiful story has much the same feel as Heidi, but with much more detail about farm life, told with such love and joy that it never once is anything other than a riveting part of the story.  This is a book that will create warm memories for both parent and child, teacher and student.  I can't think of a child anywhere who wouldn't love Batistine and her Grandpa and all the animals and things on Grandpa's farm.  Truly outstanding!

Ages 5 and up.  Ideal as an accompaniment to the Waldorf 3rd Grade block on farming and gardening.

How Batistine Made Bread

Treska Lindsey

Softbound, large format

$16.00

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How Batistine Made Bread

Batistine lived in the olden days, long before your great-, great-, great-, great grandmother's mother was even born.  Mostly she liked to climb trees or watch her mother and father make things around the farm.  But when she turned seven, she wanted to make her own breakfast all by herself - from scratch!

You and your children can follow Batistine has she milks the cow, gathers eggs, harvests and winnows the wheat, grinds flour and much more, until at last she has baked a fragrant loaf of bread and is ready for breakfast!

Wonderful for any child, Treska Lindsey's warm recapturing the wonder of what 'bread' is really all about, How Batistine Made Bread is especially suited for children about age 8 or 9, who are ready for the cooking part of the Waldorf 3rd grade curriculum.

In the Land of Warminess

Treska Lindsey

Interior spiral bound - large format

$16.00

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A long, long, long, very long time ago lived Tiny One, a little boy whose father had a great deal of trouble being happy.  As a result, whenever other dads played with their children, or said, "Wowee!" when their kids chopped wood, Tiny One's dad just sat in his cave blowing smoke rings.  When Tiny One showed his dad owls, foxes, even field mice taking loving care of their children, his dad just mumbled, "Ho-hum."

But the one day Tiny One wandered into the Land of Warminess, a place where the Woollymoms lived.  When they found Tiny One and heard about his sad father and how sad Tiny One's life was, they gathered round, creating warminess everywhere and setting things right.

This is a beautiful story about the nature of love, about happiness and about how to find it and make it your own.  I can hardly wait to share it with my grandchildren!*

*When I do share it with them (they are not quite old enough yet), I will be doing a wee bit of bawdlerizing.  I plan to call the Woollymoms "Woollywarms."  I don't think it is only dads who get too sad to be happy and enthusiastic with their children, and it is certainly not only moms who create warmth in a family.  But I do think this is a beautiful story, filled with love and power.  And I hope that many, many children get to hear it and love it as I do.

Wee Granny's Magic Bag

Elizabeth McKay and Maria Bogade

Softbound

$11.95

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Emily and Harry love going on trips with Wee Granny. Surprising things always happen when she brings her tartan bag. One Christmas, while singing carols, Harry’s candle blew out. Granny reached into her bag and pulled out a lamppost to help them see! Last summer, while at the beach, Wee Granny rummaged around in her tartan bag and pulled out deck chairs for each of them to sit on.

Today they are going to the park, and when Mum calls to ask Granny if she’ll bake some cakes for the school fair, an incredible afternoon begins.

A very funny picture book about two children and their amazing granny. With huge surprises on every page, you’ll never guess what will appear next from Wee Granny’s magic bag.

(Ages 3–6)

Freddie's Blanket

Joanna Johnson

Signed by both author and illustrator

Hardbound, large format

Illustrated by Eric Johnson

Includes fully illustrated, clearly described knitting patterns for Freddie's Blanket, Freddie Platypus, Toy Freddie's Coveralls, May Platypus, Freddie's Coveralls (for children to 3 years), Baby Envelope blanket

$19.95

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Join Freddie Platypus and his family as he learns that his own big bed might just be the best place to sleep after all!  At the end of the story you will discover a series of five knitting patterns which bring Freddie's story to life.

As with Phoebe's Sweater, this is a very sweet story made sweeter with the invitation to knit.

Ages 4-6

Phoebe's Sweater

Joanna Johnson

Signed by both author and illustrator!

Hardbound

Illustrated by Eric Johnson

Includes fully illustrated, clearly described knitting patterns for Phoebe's doll, Phoebe's sweater and Phoebe's doll's dress and sweater

$18.95

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Come enter the wold of Phoebe Mouse as she lives and grows through the changing seasons.  Join her adventures in her woodland world as the year brings a special surprise for her family.  At the end of the story you will discover a beautiful series of knitting patterns bring Phoebe's story to life in a very special way.

Really dear stories made even better by an invitation to create for a child.

Ages 4-6

The Helpful Elves

August Kopisch

Hardbound

A helpful elf cutout sits atop each page.

$17.95

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A long time ago, the people of Cologne went to sleep each night knowing that the helpful elves would come and do all their work for them.  Of course, this made them more than a little lazy . . .

Follow the elves through their nightly good deeds and discover what happens when the tailor's wife decides she is going to be the first to catch the elves at their tasks.

Ages 3-6

Hannah on the Farm

Marjan van Zeyl

Board Book

$9.95

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Hannah the hen spends a whole day on the farm looking for a quiet place to lay her eggs so that she can have her very own chicks. The pigs grunt too loudly, the lambs are too playful, the cows are too clumsy... Will Hannah ever find a nice quiet place where her eggs will be safe?

A charming board book for very young children, which introduces farmyard animals and their characteristics. Lively illustrations in a classic style.

(Ages 1–3)

Pip the Gnome

Admar Kwant

Board Book

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Pip the gnome plays happily with his woodland friends, the mouse, the robin, the wren, and the spider. Follow them through spring, summer, and into autumn and winter.

The colorful illustrations and simple words introduce very young children to the seasons, with bright green leaves in spring, warm sunshine in summer, blustery wind in autumn, and falling snow in winter.

Perfect for bedtime, the story ends as we look up at the stars and say good night to Pip.

(Ages 1–3)

The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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From the creator of Findus the Cat and his adventures with Farmer Pettson comes a Christmas story to charm us all.

Every Christmas Eve, the Master puts out rice pudding for the tomtes to say thank you for their help around the house during the year. Recently, however, the Master has forgotten, and Mama tomte knows he will forget again this year.

The elves hatch a plot to steal a bowl of Christmas porridge, without being seen, so that Papa tomte doesn’t get angry.

This charming story is based on an old Swedish Christmas tradition. It is illustrated with great humor and is filled with delightful detail, as the tomte family scurry around their Master’s house one busy Christmas Eve.

(Ages 4–7)

Findus at Christmas

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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It is the day before Christmas Eve and there is lots to do, but disaster strikes when Farmer Pettson sprains his ankle. How can they celebrate Christmas now—with no tree, ham, meatballs or gingerbread? For all their resourcefulness, Findus and Pettson are close to giving up, when suddenly there is a knock on the door...

Findus at Christmas is a wonderful story of kindness and sharing, and how Christmas can bring out the best in people - and cats!

Ages 3-7

Findus Moves Out

Sven Nordqvist

$22.00

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Every day at four o'clock in the morning, Findus the cat likes to jump up and down on his bed. He wakes Farmer Pettson, who tells him to stop. Because cats really need their early morning exercise, Findus decides to find a house of his own where he can jump and bounce when he likes. But jumping on beds is one thing – living without Pettson is quite another….maybe they can come to a compromise?

Another really dear tale of Findus and Pettison - very highly recommended!

Findus Goes Camping

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

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Findus is back and headed for the great outdoors with Farmer Pettson.  The fun and delight continue with the newest of Findus's adventures.

Old man Pettson was looking for a bag of fishing floats in the attic.  Findus jumped on a large green canvas sausage, which bounced him downstairs.  "Why do you have such dangerous sausages lying about in the attic?" scolded Findus.

"That's a tent," Pettson said.  He started to dream how much fun it would be to camp by the lake and grill fish over the fire as the sun set . . .

That's not exactly how things turn out.  But Findus, Pettson and the hens try camping -- in the garden.

Wonderful!

When Findus Was Little and Disappeared

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, Large format

$22.00

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Farmer Pettson sat doing the crossword, with Findus the cat on his knee. “Tell me about when I disappeared,” said Findus.

“You haven’t disappeared,” said Pettson. “You’re sitting right here.”

“Yes, but—when I was little.“

“Oh then ... But you’ve heard the story so often before.”

“But tell it to me anyway!”

So here is the story of when Findus was little and disappeared. Findus and Pettson live in a red farmhouse, with a henhouse, workshop, and toolshed set among the forests, fields, and meadows of rural Sweden. Every picture tells a story, with a fascinating, magical world of tiny creatures.

Ages 4 and older - wonderful to read with a child!

Pancakes for Findus

Sven Nordquist

Hardbound, Large Format

$22.00

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Farmer Pettson was a little odd - or at least that's what his neighbors said. But he went about his life happily, working on his farm and enjoying the company of his cat, Findus.

Findus had three birthdays each year - because it was much more fun that way. And on every birthday, Farmer Pettson made Findus a big stack of pancakes.

But one birthday, it seemed to Findus that he was never going to get his pancakes - first Pettson had to find some eggs and clean them, then he had to fix a punctured bicycle tire, then find his keys and distract a bull. When all this was done, he then had to bike all the way into town for some flour. Findus was getting pretty tired of waiting . . . and then the fun began in earnest!

Delightful!

Ages 4-8.

Findus and the Fox

Sven Nordqvist

Hardcover, large format

$22.00

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Findus the Cat is one of my all-time favorite "book friends."  It's hard for me to imagine a child who wouldn't fall head over heels in love with Findus the moment they meet.

There's a hen-hunting fox on the loose. But Farmer Pettson and his quirky cat Findus agree that foxes should not be killed—they should be tricked. Farmer Pettson and Findus come up with an unforgettable plan that leads to an explosive, unforgettable night.

(Ages 5–8)

Where Is My Sister?

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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How does one keep up with a sister who is disappearing all the time? She says that the world is so big, there are so many fantastic new things to see...and then suddenly, she’s gone.

But little brother might know where she is. He knows her best. And if you like, you can help him. Search through the landscapes of her dreams, in places you've never seen or even imagined before.

In this magnificent picture book, printed in a special, extra-large format, Sven Nordqvist invites you on a balloon journey through a fabulous fantasy world. The sister is hidden on each richly illustrated spread. Can you find her? This is an art book for both children and adults—with stunning pictures, a poetic text, and subtle art historical references.

(Age 3 and up)

 

The Story of the Butterfly Children

Sibylle von Olfers

Hardbound

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The Story of the Butterfly Children

Far far away, the butterfly folk livein a kingdom of beautiful gardens.  The butterfly children play, dance and sing all day long with their little brothers and sisters, the caterpillars.

The children can't wait until the first day of spring, when they will finally get their wings.  But first, they must learn about the many brightly-colored flowers in the kingdom, so they can take part in the flying procession of peacock, swallowtail, red admiral and many other butterflies.

A lovely spring tale for ages 3-6

 

The Story of the Rabbit Children

Sibylle von Olfers

Hardbound

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The Story of the Rabbit Children

When the hunter’s children fall out of their cradle in the woods, a kind mother rabbit takes them home and cares for them. She makes them rabbit suits to keep them warm and they play happily with her rabbit children.

Meanwhile the hunter searches desperately for his children. He comes across some rabbits, which run away in fear. But there’s something strangely familiar about these little rabbits, thinks his clever dog Spot.

(Ages 3–6)

The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood

Brenda Tyler

Hardbound

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The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood

The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood

When Emily and Jamie hear that a new road will be built through Hilltop Wood, they rush to warn their friends, the Tomtes—very special creatures who guard the oldest woods. With the children’s help, they immediately set about saving their home.

When the workers arrive, unexpected obstacles appear in their way—the rocks they need to move are much bigger than they remembered; their digging machines are flooded; a stream mysteriously changes direction overnight. Maybe they won’t be able to build this road after all...

(Ages 4–6)

You Can't Play Here!

Angus Corby

Softbound

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You Can't Play Here!

Gregor's grandfather had been a piper and he's always wanted to be one, too.  When he's given a set of bagpipes for his birthday, he couldn't be happier.  But then, he starts to play them.  No one, not even the creatures of the field and the birds of the air, want to listen to Gregor practice those loud, squawky pipes!  Gregor is about ready to give up when he stops to rest in the very large garden that is owned by a very nice lady with two Corgis.  She offers him the use of her garden, and Gregor couldn't be happier.  There's a very special surprise in store, too, when Gregor learns in the nicest way possible who the very nice lady is.

Sweet, charming, happy - lovely for ages 3-6.

 

My Cat Mac

Margaret Forrester and Sandra Klaassen

Softbound

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My Cat Mac

Here are more adventures of Mac the Cat, of The Cat Who Decided fame.

When a new family moves into Mac’s Edinburgh townhouse, he decides to let them stay. He has always wanted a special friend, and the little girl Catriona seems very nice. When Catriona decides to dress up Mac in doll’s clothes and pushes him around in her pram, however, he is not pleased. Mac decides to leave home to teach Catriona a lesson. Catriona misses Mac, but will he miss her? And will she learn to give Mac the respect he needs?

My Cat Mac, is charming and warm - just right for our young children.  And their cats, of course.

(Ages 3–6)

 

The Cat Who Decided

Margaret Forrester

Softbound

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Why doesn’t anyone want the mixter-maxter kitten? The little striped cat is on a journey—sent from the farm to the city and passed from owner to owner. No one seems to love him just as he is.

Finally, he moves into the tall house in Edinburgh and finds his name—Mac— and life gets more interesting. He makes friends with two musical ladies next door and discovers he likes Bach, as well as cat treats. He has many adventures as he explores. Then, just when he begins to feel settled, unsettling things start to happen. Will he ever find someone to love him for always?

A sweet tale for ages 6–8

Where Do They Go When It Rains?

Gerda Muller

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Where Do They Go When It Rains?

Stef takes the twins out for a walk to the seaside. On their way, they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers, and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs, and ponies. But when they reach the sea, the clouds turn grey and it starts to rain. The twins love splashing about in the rain ... but where do all the animals go when it rains?

A wonderfully detailed picture book with a variety of animals to spot and talk about.  Perfect for "read to me" time!

(Ages 3–6)

The Mitten

A Ukrainian Folktale

Adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett

Hardbound, dust jacketed, large format

$16.99

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The Mitten

Nicki wants new mittens as white as the snow. Grandma doesn't think that's a very good idea, for when he drops one he'll never be able to find it against the white snow. But Nicki really, truly wants white mittens, so Grandma knits them for him. And, of course, he drops one and can't find it.

But other creatures have no trouble at all finding it and, one by one, climbing into it (Grandma must have used very resiliant wool!). After about a dozen animals have crowded into the mitten, one of them sneezes and off flies the mitten into the air where Nicki sees it against the blue ski. Do turn the very last page for the unspoken but delightfully illustrated conclusion is to be found after the words stop.

This retelling is not only a joy to read, but there are little vignette illustrations at the margins of each page that make the story all the more magical.

A treasure for any child ages 3 and older.

The Trouble with Trolls

Jan Brett

Hardbound

$16.99

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The trolls who live on Mount Baldy long for a dog. An empty dog basket lies in front of their fireplace next to a water dish, and dog pictures cover the dirt walls of their underground home.

There is only one problem. Where to get a dog.

And this is when Treva's trouble with trolls begins: she sets off with her dog, Tuffi, to visit her cousin and the greedy trolls spot Tuffi!

Warm and delightful for ages 4-5 and older.

The Hat

Jan Brett

Hardbound - Large Format

$16.99

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When Lisa hangs her woolen clothes in the sun to air them out for winter, the hedgehog, to the amusement of the other animals, ends up wearing a stocking on his head.

After getting his nose stuck in Lisa's woolen stocking, Hedgie is teased by all the other farm animals, until he cleverly states that he is purposely wearing it as a hat and gets the last laugh as all the other farm animals come back wearing all kinds of clothing on their heads.

The Sun Seed

Written and Illustrated by Jan Schubert

Hardbound

$17.95

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“Early one spring morning, a little seed woke up after her long winter sleep. She yawned and stretched. With a loud CRACK her hard brown jacket fell away. 'Oh!' said the surprised seed. The earth above felt warm.”

... this was just the beginning of big changes to come.

The radiant illustrations in this book are made from dyed wool fibers needlefelted by the author. Jan describes the experience as “painting with a needle.”

(Ages 3–5).

 

A Lot of Otters

Barbara Helen Berger

Boardbook

$7.99

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What a wonderful, beautiful story to share with a young child! Barbara Berger's glowing illustrations and luminous words make this a perfect bedtime story. Mother Moon is looking for her child. As she calls for him, her tears turn into stars that fall into the sea and are rescued, along with her little one, by a lot of otters. The playful animals cavort and rollick in the starlight until Mother Moon looks down and sees them - and her child, safe and sound. A dreamlike tale to guide your little one to sleep.

The Story of the Wind Children

Sibylle von Olfers

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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George is playing with his boats, but there is no wind to make them sail. Then, one of the wind children comes and blows just for him, and together they embark on a great adventure.

The wind child blows dandelions in the meadows, shakes apples from the tree, blows the leaves around, and eventually blows George back home on a cloud.

(Ages 3-7)

The Princess in the Forest

Sibylle von Olfers

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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Spend a magical day with the princess. The princess lives in a castle in the forest. The nature folk of the forest are her friends and companions. Her day begins when the dew maids come to help her wash and dress.

(Ages 3-7)

The Prickly Hedgehog

Elly van der Linden & Debbi Lavreys

Hardboard

$9.95

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What do animals do? Your young child will delight in discovering the ways of not just hedgehogs, but squirels, robins, a pretty butterfly, a tiny ladybird and a slow snail. The charming, clear drawings make this and its companion books a joy for children and adults alike.

(Ages 1–3)

Little Angel's Journey

A Waldorf Birthday Story

Told and illustrated by Dzvinka Hayda

Hardbound, dustjacketed, large format

$21.95

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Dvinka Hayda's birthday story is so beautiful and true that it brought tears to my eyes when first I read it. Out of her many years as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher, she has added elements to her story that I have never encountered anywhere else, and that serve to encircle the child whose birthday it is with the warm, glowing love of Heave and Earth.

Her story begins as Little Angel and Great Angel journey together toward Earth. On the way, they discover many things and Little Angel sees the Earth from cloud-filled distances, watching it and loving it more each day, learning that the Earth would be Little Angel's new home.

The day comes when Little Angel and Great Angel walk together to take Little Angel to Earth. Great Angel takes Little Angel to Radiant Sun and Silvery Moon, who have gifts that are just for Little Angel.

Down the Rainbow Bridge and into the hearts and home of Little Angel's parents they go. But Great Angel returns to Heaven, taking Little Angel's wings for safekeeping until all Little Angel's good deeds on Earth are accomplished, and Little Angel returns to use them again.

And it is this last facet which is such a poignant joy to see - that we enter the world with good deeds to do, and when they are done we shall return to Great Angel and the wings we left behind.

Any child enfolded in this tale will carry a seed of comfort, confidence and courage that will grow into an adult strength of purpose and love. My hope is that this story goes out into the world, and that for each adult who learns it, children ten-fold hear it; and for each child who hears it told to him/her, that child's confidence of life is shared with ten who have not had it told to them. May this seed become a great tree with many, many healthy, beautiful branches.

Birthday

Norah Romer

Illustrated by Heather Jarman

Softbound

$12.95

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Five young children wait to travel with Father Time from Heaven down to Earth, on their Birthday.

Absolutely just right for our little ones!

The Harvest Story

Elizabeth Reppel

Softbound

$14.95

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In this delightful story, written in verse, we journey through the seasons with the farmer, from winter rest through to autumn harvesting. Along the way, we meet the elements as they bring help for the seeds to grow.

The entire book is a work of art - the drawings exquisitely beautiful and just right for young children; the verses are hand written in a beautiful script. It is a privelege to be able to offer something this lovingly created. Ages 3-8.

The Nettle and the Butterfly

Daniel C. Bryan

Illustrated by Angela Bryan

Softbound

$10.00

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If in your garden nettles you find,
Please don't cut them, please be kind,
For under young leavesof delicate green,
Small clusters of eggs can now be seen.

And so begins the soft and lovely story of the nettle sheltering the eggs that become the caterpiller, then feeding the caterpiller, then sheltering the cocoon as the caterpiller dreams itself into the butterfly who flies away with love and gratitude for its great friend, the nettle. Perfect for the young child, with beautiful paintings illustrating the story throughout.

Jonathan's Journey

Elizabeth L Lombardi

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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Listen, now, and be quite still.
The stars are singing over the hill.
One shines for you on this clear night.
Open your heart and let in the light.

It has been snowing all day, and now it is Christmas Eve. But Jonathan James is sick in bed, with a most uncomfortable stuffed-up head. Just as he is closing his sleepy eyes, a little dwarf comes sliding down his bedroom curtain and invites him to the Inside Land, where he meets Father Christmas, who has a message for Jonathan. Father Christmas also makes a promise to Squirrel, Rabbit, Bird, and Mouse, who cannot find any food in the snowy woods.

When Jonathan wakes up on Christmas morning he is all better, and he finds a shiny new sled at the foot of his bed. But he thinks there is something that he should do before he goes out to play in the snow.

He thought and he thought. Was it back by the trees?

Last night the stars sang. Or was it a breeze?

Jonathan remembers the hungry animals out in the snow and fills his new sled with nuts, seeds, carrots, and all sorts of good things for them to eat. Even the chickens have grain to spare.

This enchanting holiday story is a special bedtime tale to read to young children during the Christmas season.

On the Way to Christmas

Written and illustrated by Gertrude Teutsch

Hardboard, accordian pages

Glowingly beautiful

$12.95

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Follow the Angel, as well as the Little Girl, the Mouse, the Robin, and many, many more, as they make their way to Christmas.

This unusual book folds out to more than eight feet (two and a half meters) long, and includes ten double-page spreads. With a simple text and charming pictures, it makes an ideal book for younger children.

Ages 3-6

The Christmas Angels

Else Wenz-Viëtor

$17.95

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It is Christmas Eve, and most people are safely tucked in their beds. However, the Christmas angels know who needs help on this holy night, and they are ready to fly down to help those who are lost, lonely, and weary.

The Christmas Angels

Small children will love the row of cutout angel heads that reveal the features of each little angel as each page is turned and each good deed done. This is a beautiful and inspiring picture book that heralds the Christmas message of loving kindness.

(Ages 3–6)

 

The Little Christmas Tree

Loek Koopmans

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 The little Christmas tree hates its sharp needles and longs to have soft leaves like the other trees. Will it be happier if its wish is granted? Perhaps it’s not so bad being a little Christmas tree after all.

This is a charming story about learning that the grass is not always greener on the other side. The perfect picture book for a cold winter’s evening around the fireside.

(Ages 3–6)

The Duck and the Owl

Hanna Johansen

Illustrated by Käthe Bhend

Hardbound

$17.95

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In this delightful fable by the team behind Henrietta and the Golden Eggs, a cantakerous duck and a grumpy owl square off over the right way to eat, the right time to sleep, and the right place to perch. Neither thinks the other is right about anything, and each clearly has a blind spot about the other’s way of life. Johansen tells the story almost entirely through dialogue, giving lively energy to the petty bickering and narrow-mindedness that stand in the way of a woodland friendship.

Bhend’s intricate, telling ink drawings, show convincingly the value in each creature’s point of view. Together, words and pictures reveal how respect for others can be the first step toward true friendship and real understanding. And, as any good fable should, it does it all without preaching its moral or losing its sense of humor.

Ages 5 and up.

Frog, Bee, and Snail Look for Snow

Loek Koopmans

Hardbound

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Frog knows all about water. Bee knows all about the sky. And Snail knows all about the earth. So why do none of them know anything about snow?

Waking from their winter sleep, the three friends are astonished to hear of something called snow—and it fell from the sky! Where is it hiding now? Determined to discover all about snow, they set off on a journey of discovery that takes them through the seasons.

(Ages 4–7)

Pudding and Chips

Penny Matthews and Janine Dawson

Hardbound

$17.95

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Pudding is a cranky goose. She is as fierce as a tiger and as prickly as barbed wire. And she’s as noisy as a street full of fire engines. Nobody tells Pudding what to do—not even Chips the sheepdog. Things are never quiet on Annie’s farm!

But one warm, windy night, a big red fox comes creeping through the paddocks, dreaming of chicken dinners, and things start to change.

(Age 5–8)

Little Dolphin's Big Aventure

Renne

Hardbound

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One day, little dolphin leaves Sandy Bay, and follows a ship into the deep ocean. The book includes fact boxes about dolphins and their behavior, which will appeal to any child curious about these gentle, intelligent creatures.

(Ages 4-7)

Go to Sleep, Little Bear

Jan Mogensen

Hardbound

$17.95

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How many ways can a Little Bear find to avoid settling down for his long winter sleep? Lots! But if he goes to sleep late, will Mother Bear be able to wake him up in time for spring?

Children will enjoy Little Bear’s antics in the snow while parents will recognize a few of his tricks.

(Age 5–8)

Little Snow Bear

Hazel Lincoln

Hardbound

$17.95

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Little Snow Bear was born at the very top of the world, in a land of snow and ice. He lives with his mother in a deep, warm cave. When winter comes, the Sun disappears for long periods of time. Little Snow Bear wonders what will happen if the Sun never returns?

He sets out on a journey to find the Sun, and along the way he encounters the northern lights, Wise Old Caribou, Baby Seal, and Blue Whale.

Beautiful watercolor paintings, both gentle and dramatic, bring this enchanting story to life.

(Ages 5–8)

The Old Shepherd's Tale

Christopher Nye

Paintings by Henri Sørensen

Heirloom quality hardbound, dust jacketed, large format

$17.95

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This story brought tears to my eyes, it is so poignantly beautiful, the perfect compliment to the festival of Christmas.

An old shepherd shares the stable with his animals on the night Mary and Joseph arrive and give birth to the infant Jesus. Miraculously, the stable fills with angels and with light, and the ox, the donkey and the cow are able to speak to each other and to the old shepherd. Each animal gives a special gift to the Child - the donkey (speaking for all donkeys) offers protection and safe passage into Egypt; the ox shares his strength with the Child, strength enough to become a carpenter and eventually carry a large cross; the cow offers the nourishment of her milk, that the Baby may become a strong man.

The shepherd goes on with his life of tending these and other animals, but when able to do so, shares the miracle of that night with those who do not know of it: a man beating an ox to make it labor harder, runs to find a second ox to help the first when he learns of the ox's gift to the Child; the shepherd buys starving donkeys, grazes them back to health and then sells them to a good home; the forgetful milkmaid never again leaves the cow unmilked once she learns of the cow's gift.

The shepherd sees the greatness of these beasts -- and shares that vision with us in this story that goes straight to the heart. For all ages.

Wild Child

Lynn Plourde

Illustrated by Greg Couch

Softbound

$16.95

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"Time for bed," Mother Earth said

"Not for a while," said her wild child. "A song, first. I need a song to play in my head before going to bed."

So, Mother Earth gives her child (Autumn) a song; then a snack, then PJs and a kiss until finally her wild child Autumn is tucked sweetly under a blanket of snow. Of course, once Autumn is alseep, guess who wakes up?

This gorgeous book is one that will stay near to the hearts of both the adults who read it and the children who are treated to it. The light-filled paintings that illustrate the simple story line are a wonderful celebration of the changing season, and a warm, wonderful feast of love between mother and child. A book to share - a story to remember with love.

Mr. Goethe's Garden

Diana Cohn

Illustrated by Paul Mirocha

Hardbound, dust jacketed, large format

$17.95

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"Mr. Goethe, How did you ever learn to paint these plants so they look so alive?"

Mr. Goethe turned his kind face to me. "First," he said, "I listen with my eyes. I give each plant my full attention, as I do you. Like friends, plants tell you their secrets only when they know you care."

Mr. Goethe's Garden is one of those rare books that is a classic upon first printing. A beautifully illustrated book whose tale will captivate and inspire both children adults, its story is so timeless and so multifaceted that I predict it will live for a lifetime in the hearts its readers. This is the sort of book that will be saved to be passed along to future generations of children - and will uplift and gladden them as it does us now.

Mr. Goethe's Garden is the story of the friendhsip between an inquisitive young girl and her elderly neighbor, Johann von Goethe. Set in the 1830s as Goethe was finishing (at last!) his play Faust, Anna sees Mr. Goethe painting in his garden and decides to go paint with him. Theirs is that very special friendship between the very old and the very young - as they spend their days together, Mr. Goethe teaches Anna how to listen to plants with her eyes and see them with her heart. The plants and their cycles spring to life within Anna and blossom within her heart with a sun-drenched beauty.

*My review is based on an actual reading of a prepublication review copy, not on publisher's blurbs. I have seen this book, read it several times, and loved it - it is among the best children's books I've ever read.

Winter, Awake!

Written by Linda Kroll

Illustrated by Ruth Liebrherr

Softbound

$11.95

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This new children's book is cause for hope - that lusciously illustrated, beautifully told childrens stories are being created! In this story, it is the last of fall's days. The trees and animals and insects all know it is time for Winter to awake - and they all are becoming impatient. They need their rest and can't get it until King Winter wakes once more.

Told in delightful rhyme amid color-filled, wonder-filled paintings - this new fairy tale is almost too good to be true. Children ages 4 and up will love to listen to this story and gaze at the pictures.

The tired trees had had enough
They cried and creaked in groaning gusts;
With lashing limbs they swayed and thrashed,
"Oh, Winter, wake with icy blast!
We need a rest! We must prepare
To bloom and grow afresh next year.
This season's done! Our leaves are lost;
Our branches bare. Bring on the frost!"
Wail and whoosh! the tree tossed.
Wail and whoosh!
But Winter would not wake.

Corduroy

English Language Edition

Don Freeman

Softbound

Can be paired with Spanish Language Edition

$6.99

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This is one of the all-time warmest stories every written for children - one that still catches my heart strings even though it has been years since my children and I basked in its glow.

Lisa is a girl who lives with her mother in a big-city apartment. One day while she and her mother are shopping in a big department store, she spots Corduroy, the cuddliest of stuffed bears, on a shelf and falls in love with him. Her mother can't afford to get him for Lisa just then, so she bids a sad farewell to her dear Corduroy. Corduroy is sad too, and decides to go on an after-hours hunt through the department store in search of a button to replace the one missing on his overalls. His adventures and Lisa's return will captivate you and your children. And, if you're anything like me, they'll live in your heart a long, long time.

Corduroy

Spanish Language Edition

Don Freeman

Softbound

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Identical to Corduroy, but with text in Spanish.

A Pocket for Corduroy

Don Freeman

Softbound

$14.99

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In this gentle sequel to Corduroy, Lisa and her mother go to the laundromat. Of course, Lisa brings Corduroy along. While they are getting their clothes ready to wash, Corduroy discovers pockets! He also discovers that he doesn't have any. Being the resourceful bear that he is, he slips off the chair where Lisa left him and begins hunting for something he could use to make a pocket. It is a hunt which results in another adventure and a night at the laundromat! When Lisa finds him again, she knows just what to do for her bear (of course)!

As wonderful as Corduroy!

Little Boy and Little Cat

Richard Rosenstein

Illustrated by Robin Bell Corfield

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Little Boy searches everywhere, but can't find his Little Cat. A fierce storm is coming. Where can Little Cat be? Charming and reassuring, ages 3-5.

Am I Really Different

Evelyn van Dort

Illustrated by Gerda Westerink

$14.95

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If you're a ladybug with only one spot, you can't help feeling a bit different. But when you look more closely, you see that no two ladybugs' patterns are the same. So who is it who is really different? A lovely book for ages 5-7.

Charlie Needs a Cloak

Tomie de Paola

$5.99

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Charlie the Shepherd needs a new cloak - really needs one! So, in the springtime he shears his flock and, with the help of a very friendly sheep and a scurrying mouse, he dyes, spins, weaves, and sews a beautiful new cloak. Just in time for winter, too! This is an old family favorite - we hope you enjoy it as much as our children did.

The Way to the Stable

A Christmas Story

Max Bolliger

Illustrated by Arcadio Lobato

Hardbound

$15.95

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A lame, surly-tongued shepherd lives near Bethlehem. When a choir of angels appears bringing good news of a child, he turns away. When the other shepherds set out to find the child, he just watches them go. Why bother - they are just chasing a dream. At last, he sets out to follow them, not to find the child but to gloat at their folly. What happens when he finally reaches the stable? A miracle, of course!! A wonderful Christmas tale for ages 3 - 9.