And There Was Light
From the Creation of the World to Noah's Ark
A Waldorf 3rd Grade Teaching Resource
Softbound, Revised Edition
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It is a joy to see And There Was Light back in print and available for more teachers and students to enjoy. Jakob Streit's retelling of the stories of Genisis is shines with a captivating clarity that has made them classroom treasures for over 30 years. In fact, this book has been one of the most-often requested titles throughout the time our book shop has existed (the entire time of which it has been out-of-print).
In addition to the well-known tales from Moses' first book, Streit also added stories about Michael and the Dragon, Edelweiss and the Mountain Flowers, Why Roses Have Thorns, and many more -- all placed in a just the right spot within the flow of Bible stories.
And There Was Light is the first of Streit's three books of Old Testament stories created for 3rd grade. It is followed by Journey to the Promised Land and We Will Build a Temple.
Journey to the Promised Land
The Path of the People of Israel from Abraham's Calling to David's Dream
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Superbly told stories for the third grade teacher, this book is also useful as a fourth grade reader.
It is such a joy to have this book available for parents and teachers who are looking for deep and true retellings of the Biblical stories that are at the same time appropriate for 3rd and 4th graders.
A wonderful resource - with stories the adults will love as much as the children do.
We Will Build a Temple
The Path of Israel from King Solomon to John the Baptist
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In this, Streit's sequel to Journey to the Promised Land, he once again takes up the retelling of Bible stories, including some from the Apocrypha. Streit was a Waldorf class teacher, and his original audience was the students of his 3rd grade class -- however, his telling of these tales is so poignantly simple and captures their essence in such a lovely way that they have value long beyond the 3rd grade. They connect the reader with the pictures and events that contributed to the forming of Western culture at the beginning. They are the stories of Solomon, Elijah, Tobias, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Nehemiah, Jonah, Heliodorus, Job, Judas Maccabeus, and John the Baptist.
Old Testament Stories
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Wilkenson retells the main stories from the Old Testament (from the Creation to the Twelve Prophets), rendering them in "just right" for third graders while retaining the upright beauty of the King James translation. Wonderful for retelling to a class or for homeschool.
Commentary on Old Testament Stories
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Mr. Wilkenson summarizes the stories in an easily readable manner and then comments very concisely on their more significant aspects. Rudolf Steiner gave many indications about the Old Testament but they are scattered throughout his work and Mr. Wilkenson has "digested" these and related them to the appropriate stories. He also refers to valuable non-biblical sources such as the legends surrounding the birth of Abraham. He relates the events to contemporary happenings in other cultures, for example that the Exodus from Egypt took place at about the same time as the fall of Troy.
- an appreciative reader
Integrating the Days of Awe and Chanukah into the Waldorf Grades Curriculum
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For anyone who has been wanting to learn more about the Life within Judaism, and especially for those who have wished for more help in presenting some of the traditions within a Waldorf context, this joyous book is here to help. Filled with enthusiasm, beauty and love, you really can't do any better as a place to learn and glean ideas. The cover picture of Marc Chagall's Blue Violinist is a mere hint of the delights and joys within. Clearly, Erica Jayasuriya loves these traditions and has found a wellspring of beautiful ways to share them with children.
Folklore of the Holy Land
Moslem, Christian and Jewish
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A lifelong resident cleric of the Holy Land, Canon J.E. Hanauer lovingly gathered these folk tales from an area that is home to three great religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Originally published in 1907, these stories not only touch upon mythical events surrounding the lives of revered religious figures, but also reveal the past histories of places, tribes, people and languages, and describe the daily lives and activities of the regions inhabitants.
Hanauer gives us stories in all three traditions describing the Creation; the lives of saints and sinners; the cause of earthquakes and eclipses; the deaths of Aaron and Moses; and the lives of David, Solomon, and Simon the Just. There are legends and anecdotes of the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem, detective stories and bits of unwritten history, and the Saragossan Purim. Nursery tales are included as are stories and lore about the Angel of Death, animals, plants, magic cures and other subjects.
Hanauer retells these stories with a gentle charm that is sure to captivate any listener or reader. There is really something for every age and interest here -- as there is in the land these stories come from.