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Softbound

Evocative line drawings of each letter of the alphabet

$15.95

A fascinating tale of discovery and of the richness of language, written and spoken!

Adam and Sophia are twins. Sophia has wings and Adam doesn’t. One day their parents leave. “Don’t go into the forest,” they said, but Adam did – he gave his word and broke it. Now he is lost and alone, and his voice is gone. Sophia flies overhead and drops a piece of paper. It flutters into the forest. Except for a lock of hair the paper is blank. Immediately, adventures and experiences unfold for Adam, some common, some extraordinary, some unearthly and beautiful. Letters appear on the paper as Adam wakes up to his ‘alphabet’. Slowly, painfully, joyously Adam wins his word back.

Adam’s Alphabet is an alphabet tale unlike any written before. Multilayered and broad, it reads as a children’s book, but underneath run deeper waters that adults can plumb for profit and pleasure if they take delight in the spoken word.

Adam’s Alphabet is suitable for children aged 7 to 12. Paperback, 140 pages, 6 x 9 format, $15.95

The Cat Who Was a Dog

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Softbound

Delightful line drawings by the author

$15.95

Jayne is a cat, raised as a dog. Found as a new-born she is brought up with a litter of puppies. Jayne does not turn out to be just any kind of dog, she is the top dog, the main-man dog, the king-of-the-castle dog. She holds her tail up straight when she walks and brooks no nonsense. When they go for a stroll everyone has to stay behind her: her brothers and sisters, her doggy-daddy and doggy-mommy, even the human she keeps as chief back scratcher and can opener. Jayne is a tough cookie—as tough as nails and as cool as cucumbers come—as she proves in (almost) all her adventures: with Big-Bad and Bengal Bob, flying and skydiving, as lifesaver extraordinaire and later as mayor of the great city of New Philawashingyork.


The Adventures of Jayne is a fun tale for family reading or for children to read themselves. Suitable for ages 5 to 10.

Ann Taylor

Illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden

Board book

$6.99

A father and his baby daughter dance and sing while mom takes a nap.  Joyous and heartwarming verse and illustrations!

Hush little baby, don’t you cry
Hush little baby, Mama’s nearby.

Dance little baby,
Move to and fro

Coo and crow baby,
There you go!

And more fun follows – children and adults will love the happy rhythm and may even be inspired to dance themselves.

Original Songs in the Mood of the Fifth

Ilian Willwerth

Softbound

$15.00

Created by a Waldorf educator for the children in her care, these delightful new songs and singing games will bring joy to every home and classroom.  Dance around the Maypole — play clapping and counting games — celebrate a lost tooth — sing prayers and lullabies — all with the harmonious, healing music of the mood of the fifth.

Delightful for children and the adults who lead them.

The Young Child's Experience of Language and Stories

Daniel Udo de Haes

Softbound

$16.00

In this small book, we embark on a fascinating journey into the consciousness of the very young child. Toddlers need our understanding and support as they make the great transition from wordless communion with the world to encountering people and things through human language. Out of his wisdom and experience, Dutch educator Daniel Udo de Haes brings guidance in how to gently and sensitively help children through this transition.

Teaching Spanish in Waldorf Schools - A Guidebook for all Foreign-Language Teachers

Elena Forrer

Softbound

$45.00

This is  a much needed and long awaited book!  The warm heartedness of the author is equaled only by her enthusiasm for teaching and her deep and lively knowledge of Spanish language and culture.  It is a guidebook that paints the oft-daunting path of learning a second language with joy, laughter and beauty.  It is so rich and wonderful in its approach and guidance that I will go so far as to say that any teacher of any subject can learn a great deal from it.  Language teachers, especially those teaching Spanish will find their every hope exceeded.

Andando Caminos offers support in all aspects of Waldorf Spanish lessons, based on the developmental levels as the children move through the grades according to indications from Rudolf Steiner. For language teachers, it is just as important to understand the children in each stage of their development as it is to cultivate balanced and artistic lessons. Andando Caminos does not intend to bring a lesson plan to teachers, but to provide support for that task. It offers a practical perspective on planning the lessons, as well as encouragement for individual teachers to discover their own artistry and gifts.

Included are ample materials available from the Hispanic culture. Although countries in Latin America and Spain share many songs and customs, others are distinctive to each region or country. From the folk tale “El Gallo Kiriko” to “Nicolás Guillén’s Los Abuelos,” and from the Mexican legend of “Los Volcanes” to the shadow play of the ballad “Conde Olinos,” this text brings material suitable for all of the grades. Each piece is introduced with explanatory text for the teacher and is arranged according to the grades, first through eighth. Everything included in this book has been tested in the classroom.

Language teachers in Waldorf schools need more than strategies for delivering content. The work of teaching involves a human approach to learning—creativity and a path of self-discovery. In the words of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado, “Caminante no hay camino se hace camino al andar.”

 

Spring Sale - Save 10% on All Books!

Spring Sale - Save 10% on All Books / DVDs / CDs!

 

Here in the Northern Hemisphere it has been a long, hard winter.  Even so, the daffodils are starting to open, and the sun is promising to shine a bit more each day.  In celebration, we invite you to save 10% on all books/DVDs/CDs during our Spring Sale.

All you have to do is put the books you want into your shopping cart, type the word “Spring” into the Sale Code box, click ‘Recalculate’, and enjoy the savings!

Doublas Bruton

Softbound

$11.95

Corrie’s fingers closed round the small bone figure.  It grew warmer in his grip.  He could feel a pulse, as though it were alive . . .

When Corrie’s family returns to Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis for yet another miserable summer holiday, he has no idea of the incredible adventure that lies ahead. He finds a strange figurine on a windswept beach, which looks very like the ancient chess pieces found there centuries ago … but this one has a magician’s staff.

Corrie makes friends with local girl, Kat, who tells him the island’s legends—of a terrible sea serpent who summoned up never-ending winter, and of a powerful magician who finally banished him. When Corrie hears a voice in the night and the strange little figure starts to glow, he finds himself drawn into an incredible battle between good and evil.

Douglas Bruton’s gripping first novel tells a fictional fantasy story behind the famed Lewis chessmen, which date from the twelfth century and were found in Uig Bay in the 1830s.

(Ages 8–12)

Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Deb Soule

Softbound, hundreds of full-color photos

Autographed by the author - while copies last!

$33.00

The book’s 256 informative pages and more than 200 beautiful color photographs taken in Avena’s garden embody Deb Soule’s deep love and respect for the spirit of the medicinal plants, with which she has worked for almost forty years.

*****

“This book is astounding! It is everything you want in a book about gardening: good solid practical advice, a spiritual connection to the earth, and visually beautiful. Deb has taken her twenty-five-plus years as a professional medicinal plant gardener and her life-time love of the earth and the plant people, and come up with something very special.This is a must-have book for anyone interested in gardening or the plant people. I promise you this book will be well read, well worn, and well loved.

Karyn Sanders, Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine


“Herbalist Deb Soule offers the reader a beautifully written, heart-centered gardening book that reads as much like a prayer as it does a practical guide for all gardeners, new and experienced; sure to awaken and inspire one to explore creative ways of tending the rich life held in a well-loved garden. The author shares wisdom gleaned through years of cultivating not only soil and plants, but also her research and work with the pollinators, biodynamic practices and favorite tools used in growing simple herbal remedies to nourish the gardener as they heal the Earth. Honoring traditions, ancestors and the sacredness of carrying on the work of the wise herbalists that came before us, Deb reminds us of the blessing of being called to this work!”

Kate Gilday, Herbalist, Woodland Essence

Ulf Nilsson, Anna-Clara Tidholm

Translated by Nathan Large

$17.95

“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).

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