Batistine's Summer with Grandpa
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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
Softbound, large format
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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.
Goran's Great Escape
Delightfully illustrated by Marit Törnqvist
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It’s a beautiful, sunny Easter Sunday in Sweden. The farmer and his family are having breakfast before going to church and the farm workers are going about their daily chores. But Goran the bull is angry. He breaks loose from his stall, and charges down the barn and out into the yard.
People gather from miles around to see the raging bull. But who will dare to cross Goran’s path? Will he stay angry forever? Karl, a seven-year-old farm boy, has a plan. Can a very small boy tame a very big bull?
A delightful story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren. The exquisitely detailed illustrations of wooden houses, farming families in their Sunday best and groves of white birch trees give a vivid sense of springtime on a Swedish farm of long ago.
Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses
The Story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Amy Córdova and Eugene Gollogly
Hardcover, large format, dustjacketed
Illustrated by Amy Córdova
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I very much like the way this story is told. There is a gentleness that is lovely when paired with its deep respect for and understanding of the pre-Columbian peoples and their lives and beliefs. In addition to giving us a New World saint story to share with our children (especially in Waldorf 2nd Grade), Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses warms the heart by uniting the worlds of the indigenous population with those of the Western explorers and missionaries. Through this telling of the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, it is possible to see a very wide rift begin to heal. I can't think of anything better for todays children than the spirit this book evokes.
I also want to add that for me, it doesn't matter whether Juan Diego's tilma was painted directly by the hand of God or whether it was painted by a human being wanting to share a vision with the world. That isn't the real miracle of Guadalupe, at least not to my mind. The evident miracle of Guadalupe is the millions of hearts that have been inspired toward goodness by her story and their connecting with her through her message. For me, Talking Eagle and the Lady of the Roses brings this message to life with love.
Highly recommended for ages 8 and older.
Brian Patten and Mary Moore
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"Well, crouch down as far as you can, and then jump up as far as you can,” said the frog. So the mouse did. He crouched down on the river bank until he was a tight little bundle, and then he leapt up into the sky. He jumped higher than the flowers, and then the trees, nearly scraping his ears on the branches. He went higher and higher, and then across the trees he caught a glimpse of the Sacred Mountains....
And so the little mouse was named Jumping Mouse by the frog, and he started his journey to the Sacred Mountains. Jumping Mouse re-tells a classic Native American hero story about how a little mouse had the courage to leave his family's warm nest in the roots of a giant tree, find his true name, and journey to the sacred mountains.
Ages 6 and up.
Rukia Goes to School
Illustrated by Ilana Stein
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Rukia Goes to School is a truly lovely little book that shares the excitement of a new school year in a way that makes clear just how universal that excitement can be. Rukia lives in Nairobi, Kenya and is going off to her first day of Grade Three at her Steiner/Waldorf school. We are lucky enough to get to share that day with her, and to see how the quiet simplicity of teaching in a Waldorf school melds into what at first seems like a very different cultural setting, then becomes more and more familiar as the day is revealed. By the end of the book, we and any children fortunate enough to be treated to this story, have become fully at home in Rukia's school and are as delighted as she is that she is there. I personally love the fact that at her school both snacks and lunch are prepared for all 250 people (children, teachers, staff) by a cooking staff of three! The food is fresh and delicious. Clearly, I'm hoping this will inspire some of our stateside schools to do the same for children here. Regardless, I believe that children ages 7-8 and up will be as delighted with Rukia and her first day of school as I am.
Highly recommended. Ages 7-8 and older.
Picnics, visits from Gypsies, canning vegetables in the kitchen, going to the big city - all this an more filled Lucy's New England summer way back in the early part of the 20th Century. Donald Hall's own mother was the girl Lucy, and she told him many, many stories about how life was in her childhood. He has beautifully captured life in those times in a way sure to enchant both children and adults. Michael McCurdy provides softly colored woodcuts that make the story even more wonder-filled.
This is simply lovely family reading - may all your own summer's be as richly filled as Lucy's!
Late in August a branch of the sugar maple turned red, which made Lucy think of autumn and winter.
Lucy Wells liked planning ahead.
Evey though it was far off, she thought about Christmas at the South Danbury Chruch, where all the families in the village opened their presents together.
So she started making Christmas presents.
Thus begins one of the most endearing Christmas stories I've ever read. Based on stories his own mother told him of her childhood, Donald Hall's story of a young girl's early 20th Century New England Christmas so beautifully captures the slow-paced warmth of those times, and the love of human hearts, that my own heart just melts every time I read it. The gentle woodcut illustrations are a perfect reflection of the story as well.
All in all, Lucy's Christmas is just perfect.
I Saw Three Ships
A Magical Christmas Tale
Illustrated by Margot Tomes
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The morning star still shone, and when Polly opened the window the air was crisp and cool. As she leaned out, breathing in its freshness, all the cocks began to crow. And then her lips parted and the tingling blood sent a flow of warmth to her very fingertips. She leaned out farther, her eyes wide, for three ships were sailing towards the harbor. One had a red sail and one had a brown sail and one had a sail like the wing of a swan.
Little Polly Flowerdew lives with her two maiden aunts, and she is absolutely sure that something special is going to happen this Christmas. She leaves her bedroom window open on Christmas Eve, just in case the three wise men decide to come visit. When she wakes up on Christmas morning, more than one miracle seems to have taken place.
Elizabeth Goudge has created a moving, lyrical, and endearing chapter book, celebrating the magic as well as the mystery of Christmas. Charmingly illustrated with ink drawings by Margot Tomes, it is a perfect Christmas read-aloud for young children and parents looking for something slightly sentimental and bracingly wholesome.
A Calf for Christmas
Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist
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Astrid Lindgren's story is so dear it brings tears to my eyes. The people in it are so real and there is such heart in the story; truly, this is a tale for Christmas.
It’s the last day of school before Christmas and snow is falling heavily. Johan heads to school on his sled, but he can’t stop thinking about the terrible thing that happened yesterday—his family’s only cow died, and they have no money to buy another.
The rich farmer Peter Jonsson has come to town today for the Christmas market. He buys a calf then, after spending some time in the local pub, loses it on the sleigh ride home! When Johan heads out to clear snow, what does he find?... Maybe he’ll have a happy Christmas after all.
There is a little village deep in the countryside of Alsace in France.... To find it, get off the train at a small station decorated with flowers, and walk down a narrow road between some orchards. In the distance, you’ll see the church spire rising above the wheat fields ...
This is not a made-up village—it really exists. It was the village where Jean-Jacques Waltz, known through his books and drawings as “Hansi,” lived, and he loved the place more than any other on Earth. When he wrote My Village, Alsace was occupied by Germany following the Franco-Prussian War, and Hansi used his skills as an illustrator to poke gentle fun at the German authorities.
The beautiful, colorful, and meticulous pictures in this book show Alsatian adults and children in their traditional dress, going about their traditional lives in harmony with their surroundings. They are patriotic, kind, and always smiling, despite their difficult circumstances, and they honor the values handed down through the generations. In contrast, Hansi portrays the Germans as brash and self-indulgent, imposing petty laws on the villagers and trying to impose German culture. Hansi’s satire, however, is always humorous, and the book is a joy throughout. Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy spotting the subtle references in his illustrations. The text is suitable for children from about eight years old, but adults will appreciate it, as well.
Ages 8 to adult
My Alsace is one of the most beautiful children's histories ever written. Would that all history texts children encounter were this richly illustrated and written with as much heart. My own training is in History; I very highly recommend this book.
Here's the background story:
Alsace is a region in the east of today’s France that has changed hands four times between France and Germany during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. When Hansi (born Jean-Jacques Waltz) was born in 1873, it had been two years since the Prussian army marched into Alsace, and the province remained under German annexation until the end of World War I.
Hansi recalled his years at the German school in Colmar as among the worst of his life. Above all, he hated the history lessons, in which the teacher forced the French students to learn about Prussian conquests and the defeat and humiliation of French Alsace.
In 1912, Hansi decided to write his own history of Alsace for children. He wanted to show them how much pride they could have in their past and to hear the story from their own side. His history portrays Alsace from the time when the Celts ruled the land through Middle Ages, the Age of Revolution and the German occupation through World War I. It is notable that Alsace is the birthplace/home of St. Odile, a saint often studied in Waldorf Education. My Alsace offers a beautiful, concise portrait of Alsace at the time of St. Odile.
The first edition was published in Paris with great success. However, because of its satirical gibes at all things German, Hansi was given a heavy fine and a warning from the German authorities in Colmar. Soon after, he was sentenced to a year in prison for “insulting the German officer corps.”
The present book is a hand-picked selection of L’Histoire d’Alsace and L’Alsace Heureuse by Hansi. It is full of his trademark colorful and detailed pictures of Alsatian life, as well as his critical and humorous portrayals of the occupying Germans.
Florina and the Wild Bird
Illustrated by Alois Carigiet
Hardbound, large format
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Florina lives in a valley in the Swiss Alps with her mother, father, and brother Ursli. One day, while walking in the mountains, she finds a tiny bird that has lost its mother, and Florina takes the bird home to care for it. The girl and the wild bird soon become best friends. She makes food for it using her doll’s tea set and gives it a special basket for a bed.
When the bird grows up, its wings grow larger and it wants to fly. Florina must decide whether to keep the bird or release it to fly back tp the mountains.
This beloved children’s story is from the Swiss illustrator and author of A Bell for Ursli.
The Carpenter's Daughter
Written and Illustrated by Daniel C Bryan
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In the Land of the Rising Sun, the Emperor asks a master carpenter to build a teahouse in the Garden of Tranquillity. Permission is granted for the carpenter's daughter to accompany him to work, but only after she promises to show perfect behaviour in such a special place. This story deals with the importance of promises and the sense of belonging to family and community through one's work. Written in the style of a fairy tale, it offers a simple introduction to Japanese culture and is simply delightful.
The Man Who Lived Alone
Illustrated by Mary Azarian
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This is a story about a man who lives alone because he chose to. In his cabin in the New England woods, he live with his collection of old newspapers and carefully saved nails, his mule and his owl. His much-loved cousin, Nan, is just close enough for him to visit now and then. The man who lives alone leads a solitary life, quiet and content.
In simple, lyrical prose, Donald Hall creates a moving and believable portrait of this affectionate, eccentric man, from childhood to old age. We come to understand why he is the way he is, the names and pictures of his days, and finally, how those days will end. It's a story about self-sufficiency and about solitude, about the difference between loneliness and being alone, and about living and living fully.
Ages 7 and up.
Indian Why Stories
Frank B Linderman
Illustrated by Charles M Russell
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I can hardly believe that I'm only now discovering this gem of a book! How is it that I've not known about it all these years? The stories, collected by a devotee of Native American lore and originally published in 1915 are warm, evocative, rich and deep, and, well, just plain wonderful. In the context of Waldorf (or any!) education, there are some which could be used alongside Aesop as another sort of fable. Others, will fit in more easily when it is time to discover our native history and geography in 4th grade. The entire book is so alive with wisdom and an intimate knowledge of nature and its ways that anyone who reads it (or has it read to them) will keep these stories in their heart.
Here's some of the stories you'll find inside:
- How the Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers
- How the Otter Skin Became Great Medicine
- Why the Kingfisher Always Wears a War-Bonnet
- How the Man found His Mate
- Why the Chipmunk's Back Is Striped
- The Moon and the Great Snake
And many, many more, each as inviting as the next. This book is a find!
Why the Crocodile Has a Wide Mouth
and Other Nature Myths
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These fifty-four stories, gathered from cultures around the world and told for children, offer up the myths of the creation of some of the most fascinating animals and phenomena of the world.
Learn why the rabbit is timid and the bear has a short tail. Find out how fire was brought to the Indians, and how summer came to the earth. Discover why the sea is salty and evergreen trees never lose their leaves. You can meet the children in the moon and the first grasshopper, too.
In my opinion, this is a delightful accompaniment to fables and good, happy reading any time.
Isabella's Journey to the Centre
Illustrated by Lailan Morris
Hardbound, large format
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An exquisite book, from the heart of Australia, speaking to the heart in all of us -- Isabella's Journey to the Centre begins as Isabella journeys to the center of Australia and meets an Old Person who has been waiting for her to arrive. The Old Person speaks to her, encircles her, then sends her on her way through the mountains to a kangaroo who listens with great interest as Isabella tells him all about the Old Person. The kangaroo leads Isabella on to her next destination, yet stays behind, watching -- and as we follow Isabella we are led with her deeper and deeper into the dream which is true and revealing, both within us and all around us. Love simple pours out of the rocks and streams from the heavens on this journey whose images reflect our most human knowing.
This story is so lush with beauty and wisdom, so unique as a gift for children that it deserves a special place on the bookshelf and a quiet time to share it with the children you love. I think it is ideal for children ages 7 to 9, restoring for adults.
The Clown of God
Tomie de Paola
Softbound, 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.
The Eight-Year-Old Legend Book
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Isabel Wyatt created these stories from the tales told by the Buddha over 2500 years ago. I see them as the perfect bridge between the fables and saints and heroes as taught in Grade 2 within the Waldorf curriculum. Here you'll find both animals and humans peopling the world as kings and wise men, clever monkeys and faithful elephants. There are great adventures which tell of danger and courage, and show so well how it is that wisdom and thoughtfulness always triumph over selfishness and greed.
Wonderful for ages 8 and up - truly heartwarming tales!
Twenty Jataka Tales
Retold by Noor Inayat Khan
Illustrated by H. Willebeek La Mair
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These twenty tales have been drawn from famous legends concerning the former lives of the Buddha. Beloved by children and adults, they tell of people and animals moved to acts of sacrifice by the noble example of their fellow creatures. There is a wonderful interweaving of a sentient creation throughout these stories. The flavor of these stories will remind you of Aesop, as will the lessons they contain which are so beautifully conveyed. These stories are ideal for reading or telling to children - their highly dramatic adventures that resolve in non-violence and compassion are often just exactly what today's children are hungry for. You'll love the exquisite illustrations, also - there is a light delicacy to them that at the same time conveys enormous strength - just right for these tales.
Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas - La Abuelita Fine y sus sombrillas maravillosas
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Illustrated by Geronimo Garcia
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Grandma Fina is one of those people blessed with eyes that see only what is wonderful - including the torn and tattered yellow umbrella she uses to shade herself from the sun. As she walks down the street, she greets her children and grandchildren and neighbors, who always love to stop and chat with her. But everyone of them secretly thinks that Grandma Fina's yellow umbrella is not wonderful and needs to be replaced. On her birthday, she receives a new umbrella from each of them - what will she do with so many umbrellas? The answer is a warm and joyous delight, sure to be loved in your child's mother-tongue by anyone over 4. As an early reader in Spanish as a second language, it is suitable for the second or third year. As an early reader in English as a second language, it is appropriate for the third year. A great story whenever it is read!
The Woman Who Outshone the Sun
La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol
A dual language book
From a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez
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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun is a Mexican legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman who arrives in a mountain village with an iguana at her side and hair so glorious it outshines the sun. How the villagers react to her extraordinary presence - and how she responds to them - form this story, beautifully retold in both English and Spanish. For reading to children in their mother tongue, ages 4-5 and up. For children to practice English or Spanish as a second language, at the end of the first year of instruction to the middle of the second year.