The Waldorf Book of Poetry
Discover the Power of Imagination
Edited by David Kennedy
Hardbound, large format
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Sometimes when I pick up a new book, I can tell before I even open the cover that there is something magical about it, something exciting and wonderful. I experience a nearly physical electric thrill that runs from my hand to my heart that has proven over the years to be the harbinger of glorious things in print.
I had this experience when The Waldorf Book of Poetry arrived - and as I have poured through its more than 325 pages, my joy at what this book contains has grown by leaps and bounds. Here, in one place, is one of the greatest collections of poetry ever brought together. The love that has gone into the selecting this anthology is evident on every page. There isn't a single great poem I've thought of that I haven't found inside the covers of this book. There are classics, modern poems and some of the "old favorites" written especially for Waldorf schools. In addition, the design of the book is meant for years of use, with a sturdy hard cover and bond paper. It's organization is gifted, leaving anyone who even glances at the table of contents hungry to read more. Even the typesetting is wonderful: crisp and clear as books so often are not these days.
In addition to the hundreds of beautiful, engaging poems to share with students of all ages, there is a Foreword by Eugene Schwartz that anyone who is teaching children will love. Here Eugene shares his classroom experience and methods of using poems such as these. For those teaching at home, or who are new to the classroom, this foreword is a gift that makes The Waldorf Book of Poetry into a resource not just to be loved, but also used.
This is the book that will feed the hearts and minds of children for years to come. Many thanks are due David Kennedy for bringing it to life.
The Fables of Aesop
Edited by Joseph Jacobs
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I was so pleased to come upon this book -- it is exactly the same edition of Aesop that I grew up with (at about the same price, too!). Seeing the charming pen-and-ink illustrations was like coming home, and rereading the stories, told so simply, yet with such sparkle that there are many that I found I had remembered almost word-for-word even 40+ years after last reading them.
Anyway, this, in my opinion, is simply the finest edition of Aesop's Fables available in English. The animals are all animals, not made to look like humans. The language is straightforward, to the point, and yet packed with an interest of the world and its ways. Share these with a child and I promise that you'll laugh, you'll ponder, sometimes you'll even complain at the outcome -- mostly, both of you will love each and every story and carry them with you long after you've set the book aside.
Just So Stories
Unabridged - all 12 stories included
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Kipling's Just So Stories were among my most favorite books when I was growing up. First, my mother read them to me, then, just as soon as I was able, I would get the book from our library and read them to myself. From start to finish, they always brought laughter, giggles, and wonder that such tales could be told. They even inspired me to make up my own Just So Stories - I regaled my cat with them for days and days on end (not that the cat ever bothered to wake up from his nap to listen, but nonetheless . . .). I just loved them - still do, in fact, and can think of no happier book to share with children.
For children ages 6 and up.
The Jungle Book
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When Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, he created a story of such endurance and vitality that more than 100 years later, children are still enthralled with these tales of the boy Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the jungles of India. From the wolves of the Seeonee Pack, who raise Mowgli to manhood and remain his brothers, to Shere Khan, the conniving lame tiger, to Bagheera, the black panther and Baloo the great bear who together educate Mowgli - all the animals of the jungle retain their animal character while giving us a glimpse of the wisdom of creation. Not to mention that as a storyteller, Kipling can keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through this book. Included also are several of Kipling's short stories, among them, "Rikki Tikki Tavi," a personal favorite. As a read-to-me for children 8 and older or for children 10 and older to read to themselves.
The Jungle Book - Hardbound, fully illustrated
Hardbound, lavishly illustrated, impeccably designed and bound
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This is a book for the giving and the cherishing. I think all of us have practically forgotten that books could be produced so well that the holding of them and looking at them become a part of the telling of their story. This is such a book. It is consummately typeset with such balance and beauty that each word seems to have its own special life on the page. The paper itself is a joy: heavy weight, archival quality, non-acid.
And then there are the illustrations! These are the original illustrations that really brought The Jungle Book and the mystery of life in Eastern lands to the English speaking world. They are also the illustrations I grew up with and rediscovering them has been sheer bliss. The warmth of the paintings, the grandeur and beauty of the scenes just comes alive the in the illustrations by M & E Detmold. To be able to again share these with children (and yourself!) makes my heart glad.
A true bonus is that, as with the first edition, this volume contains not only The Jungle Book, but also three of Kipling's shorter works: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the Elephants, Her Majesty's Servants, all boasting the same beauty of illustration.
Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of all Ages
Selected by Harold Bloom
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I actually don't like the title of this book at all, but I love what's inside it. This is simply one of the very best - perhaps the very best - anthologies of "literature gathered with children in mind" ever to be published. Period. I used the phrase "literature gathered with children in mind" because many of the gems collected here are not what is commonly called "children's literature." Yet all are captivating, imaginative gems that will enthrall and delight children of all ages - the sort of stories and poems that stay in the heart for a lifetime. That convey, almost by osmosis, the joy of language, the delight of word-pictures. As such, I'm quite willing to overlook the one-sidedness of the title in favor of opening the covers and
The inside flap of this remarkable book does such an outstanding job of describing both the editor's intent and the contents, that I'm going to share it with you here.
"If readers are to come to Shakespeare and to Chekhov, to Henry James and to Jane Austin, then they are best prepared if they have read Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling," writes Harold Bloom in his introduction to this enchanting and much-needed anthology of exceptional stories and poems selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading. As television, video games, and the Internet threaten to distract young people from the solitary pleasures of reading, Bloom presents a volume that will amuse, challenge, and beguile readers with its myriad voices and subjects.
Here are old favorites by beloved writers of children's literature, as well as exciting rediscoveries and wonderful works penned by writers better known for their adult classics, such as Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton, and Walt Whitman. Encompassing the natural world and the supernatural; childhood, romance, and death; house pets, wild animals, and goblins; mystery, adventure, and humor, the selections reflect the passion and erudition of our most revered literary critic. Dismayed by the current state of children's literature, Bloom reaches back to the imaginative works of the nineteenth century and earlier, choosing poems and stories that will expand the mind and offer the magical companionship of the best that has been written. Arranged by season, Stories and poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages is a must-have anthology, sure to delight readers young and old for years to come.
There are several stories and lots of poems that are quite suitable as read-to's for ages 4 and up. The rest of this treasure can be read to children 5, 6, 7 or older - or presented to an 8 or 9 year old as an immensely elegant gift for their very own reading adventures - or you could just go off with a cup of tea and enjoy it yourself (though, personally, I'm hoping you'll share with your children, too!).
Little House Books
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Softbound,full-color illustration, first 5 volumes, boxed set
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When our children were growing up, we read these books together so many times that the pages almost wore out from handling. There is so much about Laura Ingalls Wilder's recreation of her childhood (and that of her husband) that is just exactly right for our very modern children. Her portrait of the warmth her family shared with each other, even in the midst of what to my experience would be extreme hardship, is something that simply feeds our children what they are hungry for (and feeds their parents, as well, I might add). These stories also bring into view how it is possible to grow up stable and strong despise ever-changing homes, places, and circumstances. I don't know many children today who haven't had similar experiences of moving from place to place, and observed with my own children that they found both comfort and strength in knowing that other children before them had also moved rather frequently.
Then, of course, there is the fact that these stories are among the very best depictions of pioneer and farming life available. The life on a prosperous farm tended by an industrious family is described so well that most Waldorf Schools include Farmer Boy as part of the third grade farming block. The rest of the books give such vivid and accurate portrayals of pioneer life on the prairies that historians still reference them as outstanding descriptions of daily life during the mid-1800s.
And did I mention that children love them? They do. A lot.
These books are ideal as read-to's from age 4 upward. Many third graders will be able to read them on their own.
The Wind in the Willows
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
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Don't let the price tag fool you - this is the full-sized, unabridged original edition of The Wind in the Willows, complete with all the original Sheperd drawings. Introduce your children to all the wonderful creatures of the Wild Wood: Ratty, the river rat of upstanding courage and practicality; Mole, his loyal friend who's dreamy sweetness will warm your heart; dear Mr. Toad who has much more money than sense but whose generosity and openness of heart redeem everything; and Mr. Badger, the acknowledged authority of the Wild Wood whose gruff, no-nonsense ways are often just the ticket in a pinch. The Wind in the Willows is a treasured classic that will live in your heart always. If I were forced to choose only 10 books to give a child, this would be one of them.
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Hardbound with Ribbon Bookmark
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
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We felt that this favorite, wonderful story should be available to children in a volume that reflects its joy and wonder. We were delighted to find that the hardbound edition illustrated by the inimitable Tasha Tudor was still available - this is the one our children grew up with. We're sure you'll love it, too. The Secret Garden tells the story of a girl named Mary who has been so "neglected with abundance" (my term) that by the age of 10 she is perhaps the most self-centered child anyone could imagine. Fortunately, she meets two friends, her cousin Colin who may be the one person in the world as selfish as she is, and Dickon, a sturdy, goodhearted lad of the moors. Together, they revive a garden long neglected and in so doing, Mary and Colin find their hearts. A story to grow up with and pass on to the next generation.
A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
Hardbound, dust jacketed with beautiful color and black & white illustrations
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Another of our "family favorites," A Little Princess holds a very special place in our hearts. This is also my favorite edition, beautifully illustrated by Tasha Tudor and typeset with an impeccible sense for readability and graceful form.
When Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, she seems just like a real little princess. She wears beautiful clothes, has gracious manners, and tells the most wonderful stories. The one day, Sara suddenly becomes penniless. Now she must wear rags, sleep in the school's dreary attic, and work for her living. Sara is all alone, but she keeps telling herself that she can still be a little princess inside, if only she tries hard enough. Of course, Sara Crewe does survive her hardships and finds happiness once again -- and that is why we keep reading it year after year and pass it along for the next generation to enjoy!
Ages 9 and older.
The Chronicles of Narnia
C. S. Lewis
Single Volume - contains all 7 books
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Our children went to Narnia more times than we can remember and lived and played in that realm for years. It is a wonderful, invigorating journey, filled with high adventure, good friends, and the Beauty that is Truth. This all-in-one book makes it easy to travel the land for as long and as often as you want. Recommended without reservation!
For children of all ages, especially ages 5 and up.
A. A. Milne
Contains: When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six, Winnie-the-Pooh, and The House at Pooh Corner
Original Illustrations by E. H. Shepard
Hardbound, dust jacketed
Boxed Set - 4 volumes
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Before Disney Studios turned Winnie-the-Pooh into a characature of himself, these stories, illustrated with warmth and love by E. H. Shepard, filled children's and parent's heart with a glowing delight. Fortunately, the originals are still in print and you can discover them, too.
These are the books I grew up on and still love. Whenever I reflect on any of them, I break into a smile and (I'm told) am inclined to begin humming or singing. This is what I hope your children will find, also - a lifetime of delight. Whether they are captivated by such dancing poetry as "James James Morrison Morrison; Weatherby George Dupree; Took good care of his mother; Though he was only three." or whether they giggle their way through Pooh and Piglet's attempts at capturing a Heffalump, it is my belief that such joy will last them a lifetime. "Sing Ho! for the life of a bear!" An essential classic.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Story and Pictures by Virginia Lee Burton
Complete, unabridged story presented as a 6.75"x 7.5" sturdy board book.
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I think this classic story, one which I grew up with and then shared with my own now-grown children, has a special meaning for our very modern, fast-paced times. Here is a portrait of a wholesome parternship between a human being (Mike) and the machine that allows him to earning a living building things that help other people (Mary Ann, the steam shovel). As they work together canals, roads, and skyscrapers are built that allow people to do an share with each other. But then new, faster machines come along it looks as though Mary Ann is destined for the scrap heap. But Mike and Mary Ann's other friends transform this looming sad fate into a joyous reinvention of Mary Ann's purpose, carrying Mike into a new, still-helpful life as well.
Children have loved this book for almost 80 years for its warm-hearted way of showing how the modern world doesn't have to be a heartless one. I think the time has come for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to be dusted off and read again to a new generation that needs to hear its story.
Very highly recommend for ages 3 and up.
The Velveteen Rabbit
Illustrated by William Nicholson
Original Edition - paperbound
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A story great enough to last a child a lifetime! A gift of love from a child carries life itself to his favorite stuffed bunny.
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But those things don't matter, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
The Holy Night
Illustrations by Ilon Wikland
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Of all the tales in Selma Lagerlöf's Christ Legends and Other Stories, this one has always been my favorite. It is really a story within a story, and both stories are as near to my heart as any I've ever encountered.
The one story is about Selma as a very young child who is remembering how loving and deep and kind her grandmother was; and how very empty life became when grandmother died. Before that, though, Grandmother told many, many stories, each ending with "This is as true as that I see you and you see me." And on one Christmas Day, Grandmother and Selma were both left at home because one was too old and the other too young. Both were sorry not to be taken to early Mass to hear the singing and to see the Christmas candles. And as they sat together Grandmother began to tell a story . . .
Thus begins the inner story of this tale, one of the truest of the many legends that have sprung up as humanity tries to grasp the wonder of the First Christmas. A man goes out to find fire to warm his wife and newly born son. He comes at last to a shepherd, who sits by the very fire he is seeking -- but the shepherd has a hard, angry heart and is in no way inclined to be helpful to the father. From there we hear how all the world worked to help that father and soften the heart of the shepherd.
This is a story that still sends tingles of wonder through my body and brings tears to my eyes just to think about it. I hope you and your children come to love it as much.
The Emperor's Vision and Other Christ Legends
(formerly titled, Christ Legends and Other Stories)
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This is one of my favorite collections of stories surrounding the life and reality of Christ. Selma Lagerlöf's telling of these tales - ranging from the story of the surly shepherd of Bethlehem, to the war-hardened soldier at Herod's feast, to St. Veronica's act of grace toward the Emperor Tiberius - is profoundly beautiful and deep. These stories are timeless and will appeal to a wide range of children and adults - some stories are best told only to older children while some can become family treasures at a very early age. All of them will remain a cherished treasure in the hearts of those who hear them.
The Clown of God
Tomie de Paola
Hardbound, dust jacketed, large format
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Tomie dePaola's retelling of the French legend of the clown whose final gift to God is a selfless outpouring of his talents is gloriously sensitive, graceful and ultimately deeply moving and inspiring. His luminous watercolor illustrations are bright, alive and graceful - juxtaposing the stucco, tile and stone buildings of medieval Europe as a backdrop to the bright costumes of The Clown of God. The result is one that delights the eye as it assures the heart that all shall truly be well. The story culminates on a Christmas Eve of long ago, yet alive in our hearts to this day. The Clown of God remains a family favorite--our teenagers (and their parents) still pull it off the shelf to remind themselves of the truer things in life. Illustrated with Tomie dePaola's characteristic humor, good taste and beautiful use of color. A gift for children ages 6 and older.