Storytime

Tell Me a Story

Stories from the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

Edited by Louise deForest

Softbound

Illustrated by Deborah Grieder and Jo Valens

$25.00

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The good people at WECAN are very much to be congratulated - they have produced what is, in my opinion, the finest collection of stories for young children ever published in English (maybe in any language, but others will have to judge that).  Tell Me a Story brings together in one volume over 80 stories told and loved in Waldorf kindergartens throughout North America, and as such really offers a resource that can last throughout a lifetime.

Wherever there are children, the cry of "Tell me a story . . ." is heard, and in Waldorf education, storytelling is an integral (and often favorite) part of each day.  Stories connect us to one another, give us a sense of who we are, and can help to guide us into the future.  Tell Me a Story is filled with treasures for all ages and all occasions.  Whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, caregiver, or just a lover of good stories, you will find inspiration and nourishment in these pages.

For the Children of the World

Stories and Recipes from the Internatinoal Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education

Louise deForest, Editor

Illustrated by Gudrid Malmsten

$16.00

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Here is a joyous collection of folktales from around the world, retold from the heart for young children.  In addition to some of the best stories the world's people have to offer, an extra treat is the recipes from many of the cultures that contributed to this rich and wonderful book.  Each recipe was clear chosen to be tasty and wholesome for young children, as well as being simple enough to make while tending our little ones.  Altogether, this is a vibrant collection that evokes love and wonder.  I can't recommend it highly enough.

Contents:

AFRICA

  • The Name of the Tree (South Africa)

ASIA

  • Tunjur, Tunjur (Israel)
  • Momotaro, the Peach Boy (Japan)

AUSTRALIA

  • The Little Flame
  • The Little Possum Who Wanted a Peach
  • Time for Bed
  • Where Has Father Sun Gone?
  • Recipe: Peppercorn Birthday Cake

EUROPE

  • The Duckling's Journey (Austria)
  • The Story of the Cat with the Long, Long Tail (Belgium)
  • Tailor Tom (Denmark)
  • Little Ash Squirel and Little Oak Squirrel (France)
  • Turlutin (France)
  • The Lantern (Germany)
  • Speaking Grapes, Smiling Apples and Ringing Peaches (Hungary)
  • The Old Woman and the Little Mouse (Sweden)
  • Sir Cat-O-Puss (Ukraine)
  • The Soupstone Story (United Kingdom)
  • Recipes:  Spitzbuben Cookies, Michaelmas Soup, St. John's Elderflower Drink, Potato Pogatcha, Salty Pretzels, Hot Cross Buns

NORTH AMERICA

  • How the Robin Got Its Red Breast (Canada)
  • Tajin and the Seven Thunders (Mexico)
  • The Legend of the Tepozteco (Mexico)
  • The Story of the Jumping Mouse (United States)
  • Recipes: Cree Bannock Bread, Tamales, Birthday Muffins

SOUTH AMERICA

  • The Magic Stone (Brazil)
  • The Golden Fish and the Magic Star (Brazil)
  • The Little Seed (Brazil)

A Donsy of Gnomes

7 gentle gnome stories

Written and Illustrated by Sieglinde De Francesca

Softbound

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A Donsy of Gnomes is just one of the dearest books ever. The wee folk who live in it will become fast friends with all the young children who get to meet them. And, these charming natural/magical little people come bringing gifts ~ in the most delightful ways possible they teach wee lessons, happily and by example, in generosity, selflessness, resourcefulness, courage and friendship.

This is just a perfect little book for young children. Take your child on a charming and jaunty journey though the worlds of the gnomes. It's just the thing for sweet dreams at night or a pause in the midst of a busy day. I predict that this will be one of the books that will remain alive in your children's hearts long after they have grown and have children of their own.

A joy to be shared with children ages 3 and up!

Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour

Susan Perrow

Softbound

$30.00

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Susan Perrow has developed the art of pedagogical stories to a luminescent degree. In her beautiful book she offers dozens of stories, some her own, some traditional and retold by her. Each story carries with it the seed of healing for just about any childhood problem, from unruly behavior to deep grieving. Her voice is one of warmth and caring, her stories are richly engaging to young and old alike.

Having her book at hand is like having a medicine chest filled with homeopathic remedies for all conditions - and, like homeopathy, Susan's stories are guaranteed to produce no unwanted side effects.

Healing Stories includes chapters on creating stories and on the art of storytelling, as well as stories selected for their ability to heal. This is a resource that is so vast in its usefulness that we predict it will become one of the most sought after parent/teacher resources ever printed.

Therapeutic Storytelling

101 Healing Stories for Children

Susan Perrow

Softbound

$37.00

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Susan Perrow passionately believes that "stories know the way." Working with imaginative journeys and the mystery and magic of metaphor, she has developed the art of therapeutic storytelling for challenging behavior in children and difficult situations. She offers a tried-and-tested method for creating a unique story for a child to help resolve issues and build emotional resilience and character.

This treasury of 101 new healing stories address a range of issues – from unruly behavior to grieving, anxiety, lack of confidence, bullying, teasing, nightmares, intolerance, inappropriate talk, toileting, bed-wetting and much more. The stories also have the potential for nurturing positive values.

  • Create your own therapeutic stories, using handy tips, exercises and methods such as the "metaphor, journey, and resolution framework."
  • Therapeutic Storytelling includes suitable behavior stories for children aged 3 to 10 years old;
  • how to use of healing stories for global and national challenging situations;
  • how to develop storytelling skills using useful tips and anecdotes;
  • as well as modern and traditional wisdom tales from around the world.

Making Peg Dolls

Margaret Bloom

Hardbound

Full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions throughout

Completely charming and inviting!

$28.00

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Invite yourself and every child you know or teach into a playful world that delights at every turn!  Making Peg Dolls joyously shows how to easily make simple, lovable toys for children that can also be used as table puppets for storytelling.  These little Waldorf-inspired dolls are so engaging that all of us here wanted drop everything so that we could make peg dolls and play with them.

Truly, there are worlds to be created for children (and by children age 10 and over!), just waiting for you between the pages of this wonderful book.  You can see for yourself by watching this video that is just too sweet not to share:

 

You will find complete patterns for  creating bluebirds and butterflies, flowers and fairytale figures, gnomes, winter angels, and more!

Included are:

  • Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for children and crafters of all levels and experience
  • Beautiful color illustrations and photos
  • A range of over 60 designs and patterns for peg dolls
  • Ideas for peg dolls as gifts and toys, for seasonal nature tables or fairs
  • An inspiring section on storytelling with peg dolls

You can find peg dolls like those used in the book from our friends a www.achildsdream.com

Making Picture Books with Movable Figures

Brunhild Müller

Softbound

$14.95

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Making Picture Books with Movable Figures

Making Picture Books with Movable Figures

What a treat this little book is! Brunhild Müller shows parents and teachers how to create their own books with moving figures, the sort of book children delight in and Rudolf Steiner said were among the books that most captivated him when he was a child.

The joy felt by a child that someone he/she loves has created a book just for him or her cannot be overstated. My most treasured possession from my own childhood is a simple little book bound in a report folder and written and illustrated on typing paper. My mother wrote and illustrated it for me: a sweet story about me and all my stuffed animal friends. To me, it is beautiful beyond belief - and is the sort of book you can create using Brunhild's dear little book. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow, her ideas for stories are inspiring, and the book is complete with full color examples of real pages created in this way.

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.

The Rainbow Puppet Theatre Book

Fourteen Classic Puppet Plays

Estelle Bryer

Softbound, large format

$25.00

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At the Rainbow Puppet Theatre of the Constantia Waldorf School in Cape Town, South Africa, children enter a magical world of beauty, wonder, and transformation.  Through the puppeteer's art, stories old and new carry eternal truths in a away that brings life and healing to all who behold them.  In this book for everyone to enjoy are fourteen puppet plays that were created by Estelle Bryer and her colleagues for the stage of the Rainbo Puppet Theatre, and that have often been adapted for solo and tabletop puppetry.

I have read through several of them and can vouch that the plays and staging suggestions are superlative.  These are much simpler to perform than those who have never done it might think, and well worth the effort of creating the puppets and learning the plays.  Anyone who sees these plays will be gifted by them.

The plays included are:

  • Jason and the Grey Witch
  • Nursery Rhymes and Stories
  • The Adventures of the Brave Little Rabbit
  • Benjamin and His Christmas Rose
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Mother Holle
  • The Frog Prince
  • Saint George and the Dragon
  • The Little Donkey Prince
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Snow White and Rose Red
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Briar Rose

Puppet Theatre

Maija Baric'

Illustrated by Kristiina Louhi

Hardbound

$30.00

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This is just such a charming, happy book! Maija Baric' opens up the world of puppetry to young children and adults in ways that will make you smile and will lead you and your children on and on into the worlds you can create on a tabletop. Her puppet "recipes" range from those that are so simple a kindergarten child can make them to puppets that will require a kindly adult to bring them to life. Likewise, the staging: from the very simplest intended for the children to create themselves , to more complex stages for adults to use for the children's enjoyment.

I love the way all the instructions are illustrated with colorful drawings which somehow all manage to evoke warmth and love. Maija Baric's instructions follow the drawings to their conclusion as storybook characters and more, and are peppered with good advice all along the way.

Altogether a wonderful book for families, teachers and adults with exuberant inner children!

A Lifetime of Joy

A Collection of circle games, finger games, songs, verses, and plays for puppets and marionettes

Collected, created, adapted and translated by Bronja Zahlingen

Softbound

$21.50

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A Lifetime of Joy is a rare and wonderful tribute to Bronja Zahlingen's (1/8/1912 to 1/24/2000) life's work; in return, it is a gift from Bronja to all the children and adults whose lives it will touch and nurture. Just to look through it's pages is to feel the warmth, wisdom and love that every child in her kindergarten felt for so very many beautiful years.

Included in this volume are all the plays from her sparkling Plays for Puppets and Marionettes -- and much, much more. There are songs, wee stories for the seasons and other times, nature tales, circle games, verses. In addition, there is a touching account of Bronja's life and work, and articles for teachers and parents. The two articles, "On Movement, Gesture and Language in the Life of the Young Child" and "The Pedagogical Value of Marionette and Table Puppet Shows for the Small Child" are welcome additions to everyone's understanding. Even the photo on the cover speaks volumes about the wealth we can present to children through simple stories told with marionettes.

In short, this is a great book for anyone working with young children - a shining star over a child's garden.

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!

Hanky Panky

traditional handkerchief toys

Elizabeth Burns

Hand-tied booklet with white handkerchief tucked inside

$6.95

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Hanky-Panky is a never ending source of laughter and delight disguised as an unassuming booklet of ideas. Inside you will find a white handkerchief, just like my own father carried every day, and page after page of instructions for transforming it into the most delightful toys ever. From Twins in a Hammock to a wriggling Mouse to Rabbits and Ballerinas -- the joy just never stops. All you need is a handkerchief and a small child for one of the sweetest ways to celebrate life.

Spring
Summer
Autumn
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Spindrift
Gateways
Winter
Spindrift
Gateways

Wynstones Kindergarten Series - All 6 Books

$86.70

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The Wynstones Kindergarten Series

If purchased separately: $92.70

Complete Set Price: $86.70

Gateways - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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$14.95

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Morning, Evening, Birthdays, Fairytales! The changing times and things of wonder that make the world go round! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 31 poems for morning, evening, birthdays and fairy tales
  • 40 songs about morning, evening, birthdays and fairy tales - with music
  • 3 birthday stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Spring - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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$14.95

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Awake, awake, it's Springtime! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 50 poems celebrating spring
  • 30 springtime songs with music
  • 9 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Summer - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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Ah! Summer! Dear little violet, open your eyes! I'm busy, busy, busy said the bee! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 59 poems celebrating summer
  • 27 summer songs with music
  • 13 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Autumn - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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It's golden in the treetops! Autumn's on it's way! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 59 poems celebrating autumn
  • 30 springtime songs with music
  • 6 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Winter - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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$14.95

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Let's go walking in the snow! Let's put our mittens on! In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 52 poems celebrating winter
  • 31 wintery songs with music
  • 10 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Spindrift - Wynstones Kindergarten Collection

A Collection of Miscellaneous Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children

Wynstones Press

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$17.95

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Celebrate the animals, the carpenters, the trees and mother making pancakes! Spindrift is a rich and wonderful celebration of daily life. In this volume of treasured songs, poems and stories from Waldorf kindergartens around the world, you will find:

  • An outstanding essay on the value of music in a young child's life
  • 156 poems celebrating all sorts of things
  • 29 songs with music
  • 43 fairy tales and nature stories
  • recommended reading for parents and teachers

Plays for Puppets

Collected, created, adapted & translated by Bronja Zahlingen

$10.50

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Don't let the cover fool you - this little gem is filled with life, love and everything you need to prepare and present simple puppet plays for the young children in your care. In addition to twelve plays that include both traditional fairy tales and delightful original stories, Zahlingen also introduces and clearly describes the simple art of puppetry as practiced in Waldorf kindergartens - plus there are patterns and instructions for simple marionettes to make yourself. A treasure that will carry you far beyond its covers.

Magic Wool

Creative Activites with Natural Sheep's Wool

Dagmar Schmidt and Freya Jaffke

2nd Edition

Softbound

$19.95

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Magic Wool unveils the secrets of captivating children with feltboard pictures "painted" with colored unspun fleece. There is nothing more magical to a child than to see a story spring to life as a parent or teacher "draws" it in wool during the telling. Because of the texture and nature of the fleece, these pictures invite the young child to enter the activity of the scene - it springs to life in their imagination. You'll love it, too!

Also include are instructions for making figures from fleece to grace your nature table or for your young ones to play with.