Modern Stories to Tell

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.

 

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!

 

The Little Gnome Tenderroot

Jakob Streit

Translated by Nina Kuettel

Illustrations by George Feldmann

Softbound

$8.00

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Dear Little Gnome Tenderroot just loves the plants and soil he cares for.  Each season he looks to see what he can do that will most especially help the roots and branches to spring to life or, in winter, fade into a deep, good sleep.  He lets the stars and the angels help in all he does, and is just such a happy little fellow it's hard not to want to run outside in the hopes of catching a glimpse of him sending star milk from heaven down into the deep earth so that the plant leaves will flutter brightly.

These little nature stories are wonderful for children in first or second grade - and for all the adults lucky enough to get to read them, too.

A Donsy of Gnomes

7 gentle gnome stories

Written and Illustrated by Sieglinde De Francesca

Softbound

$14.95

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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!

Fairy Tales

Margaret Peckham

Stapled booklet

$6.00

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In this little booklet are six fairy tales, created by a master Waldorf teacher for her first graders. Each is a story that is "just right" and most worthy of warm regard with which this collection is held in Waldorf circles. A lovely way to guide a child toward new adventures in learning.

Contents:

  • The Little Prince and the Sun (First Day Story)
  • The Little Prince at School (Second Week)
  • The Proud Prince
  • The Secret and Magic Name of the King
  • The Queen Who Lost Things
  • The Little Boy and the Four Elements (Number Story)

Norman Goes Down the River!!

Original Story by Eric K Fairman

Illustrations by Emma Reinhart

Comb Bound

$12.00

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Norman is a young gnome, only 8 years old, in fact.  Of course, a single gnome year is equal to 10 human years, but despite that fact, Norman was a very young gnome, a child still living with his parents.  One day Norman decides to follow the stream to see where it flows and sets off (a decision that was to bring his parents much worry). What happens next is why this story is told!

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Eric Fairman wrote  Norman Goes Down the River!! for Grade 3 students.  It serves as a bridge between the fairy tales of earlier grades and the realism that 3rd graders begin to crave.  The story takes Norman (and the children) on an exciting journey along a stream which has its source high in the densly forested mountain, down to the plains and from thence to the ever increasingly populated areas alongside what has now become a fast flowing river.  At last, Norman arrives in a large city at the mouth of the river where it joins the vast ocean.

Throughout the story, Norman meets with different birds and animals that have homes in the ever changing environment.  Geography and natural history, imagination and adventure all mix and ways both delightful and elucidating.  Norman is sure to be loved by children and adults alike

Very highly recommended for Grade 3 students and for the Grade 3 student in anyone!

The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly

"The Bee Who Lost His Buzz," "Pumpkin Crow," "Lucy Goose and the Half-Egg"

Reg Down

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$14.95

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Whether you plan to read these sprightly stories to young children, use them as class stories for first grade, or offer them to an intermediate reader as a first chapter book, you and the children in your care are going to love these tales and the gentle characters who people them.

Tiptoes Lightly is a gentle and wise fairy who lives in an acorn high up in the branches of a Great Oak Tree. One morning she finds a note lying on her floor. It says: "Please help! Bee has lost his Buzz!" Thus begins the adventure that takes Tiptoes through the world of nature and into your heart.

The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly comprises three adventures: "The Bee Who Lost His Buzz," "Pumpkin Crow," and "Lucy Goose and the Half-Egg." Sweet and lively illustrations by the author are just one more thing to love about these charming stories.

I read these stories to the children of my class every week for a whole year - they loved them! Their faces shone with obvious delight - I recommend them highly.

- M. Higashine, grades teacher

The Bee Who Lost His Buzz

And other adventures of Tiptoes Lightly and Jeremy Mouse

Reg Down

Softbound, beautiful watercolor illustrations by the author

$11.95

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The Bee Who Lost His Buzz

Those of you who have read The Tale of Tiptoes Lightly no doubt remember the story of "The Bee Who Lost His Buzz" very well.  It is, in fact, the first of Tiptoes Lightly's many delightful adventures.  In it, Tiptoes and Jeremy Mouse help the Bee whose buzz has been snagged by grumpy Mr. Cactus, the Worm who'slost his squirm and cannot wiggle back into the safety of his home.  They go on to sail down to the sea to untangle little Octopus who is too young to count properly (he can only count to seven), and gets his legs hopelessly mixed up whenever he tries.

Now, Reg Down has created a sumptuously illustrated storybook that brings Tiptoes' first adventure to life in ways glorious to behold.  I can't imagine a child who wouldn't revel in the images and characters of this storybook.  A perfect gift any time of the year.  I just love it.

Ages 3-6 and onward.

The Festival of Stones

Autumn and Winter Tales of Tiptoes Lightly

Reg Down

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More adventures of Tiptoes Lightly -- this time with an eye to the festivals of autumn and winter. Tiptoes and her friends journey the realms of nature and spirit, encountering the heart and soul of the festivals along the way. These are just such dear stories -- I can't imagine any young child failing to love them as much as I do.

The festivals Tiptoes illuminates are:

  • Michaelmas
  • Martinmas
  • The Festival of Stones
  • The Festival of Plants
  • The Festival of Animals
  • The Festival of Light
  • Christmas

Big-Stamp Two-Toes the Barefoot Giant

Spring Tales of Tiptoes Lightly

Reg Down

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Reg Down weaves more Tiptoes magic, this time with a spring theme. In this third book filled with stories that are so lyrical and lovely they practically dance themselves off the page, we join Tiptoes and her friends in Farmer John's garden where bees and plants are awakening in gay abandon. As the book and the season progresses, babies of all sorts are born, kites are flown, more tales are told, sacrifices and rescues are made, and love is called into it all.

These stories are so wonderful for kindergartners and first graders (and their teachers and parents!). Thanks, Reg!

The Magic Knot and Other Tangles

A Comedy Starring Pine Cone and Pepper Pot

Reg Down

Softbound

$14.95

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Tiptoes Lightly lives in a lovely little house with just one problem -- there is no furniture! But, that's about to change. Tiptoes will be having a birthday soon, and her dear friends Pine Cone and Pepper Pot the gnomes have determined to make her a table and three chairs, and to find a way to get them to the tippy top of the Great Oak Tree where Tiptoes makes her home. Along the way,they get help from a host of friends and adventures and misadventures abound. In the end, we join Tiptoes at her birthday party where she tells the story of how she came to live in the Great Oak Tree as a daughter of Father Sun and Mother Wind.

Wonderful! Thanks to Reg Down for adding another delightful window into the world of Tiptoes Lightly and her friends.

The Lost Lagoon

Adventures of Tiptoes Lightly and Greenleaf the Sailor

Reg Down

Softbound, filled with delightful black and white drawings

$16.50

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Another delightful addition to Reg Down's Tiptoes Lightly series! The Lost Lagoon will keep your children rapt with attention as Tiptoes Lightly and Greenleaf the Sailor make their way through new wonder-filled adventures.

It is spring and Running River is in full flood.  Tiptoes Lightly and Jeremy Mouse visit Greenleaf the Sailor and venture forth in Greenleaf's newly made boat.  Soon they are joined by Pine Cone and Pepper Pot the Gnomes and together they search for the Lost Lagoon the frogs have been so beautifully singing about. 

Meanwhile, back home, Farmer John reads The Adam Tales to Tom Nutcracker and June Berry. Later, Tom rides off in the night until he, too, comes to the Lost Lagoon.  What Happens on this night, with its majestic, rising moon, is filled with a wonder and magic that won't soon be forgotten.

Highly recommended for ages 4 and up!

A Tangle of Tales

short stories and poems for children

Reg Down

Softbound

$14.95

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From one of our favorite children's authors comes another collection sure to delight.  A Tangle of Tales is packed cover to cover with 42 stories for children.  Inside you'll find nature tales, riddle tales, fables, fairy tales, poems, and creation myths both serious and sanguine.

A joy for children from kindergarten through grade 4.

The Midsummer Mouse

Midsummer Tales of Tiptoes Lightly and the Summer Queen

Reg Down

Softbound

$16.50

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The Midsummer Mouse is a summer tale, full of midsummer mirth, misadventure, mystery and delight.  It will bring sparkles to children's eyes, and laughter to adults, too.  Suitable, as always, with Tiptoes Lightly tales, for family readying from kindergarten through age 10 or so.

The sun is rising higher into the sky every day.  Summer has come and Farmer John builds a great pile of wood for the Midsummer's Eve festival taking place on his land.  Tom Nutcracker and June Berry's whole school is coming to celebrate.  june Berry forgets a basket (with a cookie inside) by the oak tree when she is helping her dad build the wood pile.  A small detail to us, perhaps, but one which leads Jeremy Mouse on a merry dance as Jemima mouse tries to preserve the cookie for the festival.  meanwhile, Pine Cone and Pepper Pot are not opening their door to anyone other than Tiptoes (and even then reluctantly). Their beards, it seems, are entangled.  Hopelessly entangled.  This sends Tiptoes all over the forest to find a way to get pine resin out of beards.  Then there is the problem of Ompliant the Elephant.  What are Tom and June to do with him?  How will they keep him out of sight?  But the clever kids come up with a wonderful idea to hide a pachyderm in plain sight.  Finally, the Summer Queen begins to appear here and there, and in the end joins the festival and tells The Tale of Turana before mysteriously vanishing before the crowd.

Eggs for the Hunting

starring Pine Cone and Pepper Pot and the illimitable Tiptoes Lightly

Reg Down

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$14.95

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Spring is full of life and life is full of eggs, all sorts of eggs: great cosmic eggs and tiny butterfly eggs, salmon eggs and bird eggs, rabbit eggs and special eggs being gilded and painted by two gnomes called Pine Cone and Pepper Pot. They have been told (gossiped, to be correct) that Farmer John’s children, Tom and June, are going to give them special eggs for Easter, and they decide to reciprocate. However, if you are a gnome, a small gnome—even if you are two small gnomes—then the simplest of tasks (such as finding a bird who does not mind giving you a couple of their eggs) can be a problem ... !!!

Woven into the fabric of the book are many tales, myths and legends: Pepper Pot reads the history of King Karnac and the Turning of Time, Madam Two-Pecks tells her chicks how the universe was created from the World Egg, and the Wise Salmon in Running River tells the fingerlings about the great cycle, the Egg of Life. ‘Eggs for the Hunting’ is a spring tale, a wonder tale, affirming the joy, humor and mystery of life.

Another joyous, delicious story by Reg Down for children of all ages!  Very highly recommended.

Sir Gillygad and the Gruesome Egg

Reg Down

Softbound

$16.50

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Sir Gillygad is a knight, a doughty knight who rides about on his trusty frog called Gorf.  They sally forth on adventures bold and exciting: to the Twinkle, to Holey Hill, to the Plain of Dreams - even as far as World's End.  The rumors are heard, rumors of an egg, a Gruesome Egg with two leggs, a left leg and a right leg, and the leggs are bird's leggs - which makes sense in an eggy sort of way.  The egg is haunting the Daark Foreset, close to teh Mumbly Mews and the gerwine Greneff.  So off Sir Gillygad gallops (well, hoppedy-hops), there to meet and confront this unique and remarkable beast.

Sir Gillygad and the Gruesome Egg is an adventuresome tale, suitable for children aged 9 to 12 or thereabouts - and adults, too, if they are still young at heart and open to the wonders that speak of the mystery of becoming.

The Starry Bird

an Easter tale

Reg Down

Softbound, with lovely line drawing illustrations by the author

$14.95

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Reg Down has gifted us with a happy Easter tale featuring Tiptoes Lightly and her friends. Told with humor and joy, this is just right for today's children.  It's pretty wonderful for today's adults, too. 

One morning an egg appears in the meadow below the Great Oak Tree. Neither Jeremy Mouse nor the fairy Tiptoes Lightly have ever seen such a huge egg – over a foot tall! They go to Farmer John’s in search of an answer, but without any luck, and when they return the egg has grown!

Thus begins an adventure which involves most everybody on the farm – human, animal and sprite. The egg, later hidden deep in the forest, keeps growing and finally hatches in a beautiful way on Easter Sunday.

The Starry Bird is an Easter tale with healthy doses of humor, adventure, and just plain fun. But underneath, in a form suitable for children, run the mystery-questions of life, death and resurrection that lie at the heart of Easter.

The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy

A Christmas Tale

Reg Down

Illustrated with beautiful watercolor paintings by the author

Softbound

$11.95

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The Cricket and the Shepherd

Who but Reg Down could bring us a new Christmas story that glows with such warmth and beauty?  The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy  is a gift for the Season of Love.  The author's paintings filling each page evoke a wholesome joy that resonnates in wonderful ways with the story itself.  I can tell as I hold this book that it will carry its message and its warmth far - families throughout the world will mark the Christmas season by taking it off the shelf and reading it each year.  And then it will live on in the hearts of the children and adults who hear it.  The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy is a treasure.

The story:  

A young shepherd hears a cricket singing at his feet. The cricket speaks to him and foretells that the coming winter will be both special and especially cold. Then he disappears back into the grass.

The winter is indeed especially harsh, but on a star-studded night the cricket and the shepherd boy make their way to a manger huddled low between two hills. There they find a mother and father with a child who radiates light and warmth into the world.

This innocent and warmhearted nativity tale is intended for parents to read to their children at Christmas time. While the story itself is timeless, this tale is most suitable for children from preschool to grade four or five.

Puck the Gnome

Jakob Streit

Softbound

$15.00

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Written by master storyteller, Jacob Streit, Puck the Gnome is one of the most delightful children·s stories to appear in quite awhile. Puck is a hard-working fellow whose one foot faces forward while the other faces backward (something many of us can relate to, I suspect). Streit's delightful tale illuminates the world of the hard-working gnomes through the courage and antics of the one who's literally coming and going at the same time. The moral insights, wisdom, humor, and true goodness found in Puck·s adventures will delight both children and adults. The illustrations by Georges Feldmann are truly magical.

Liputto

Stories of Gnomes and Trolls

Jakob Streit

Illustrated by Susanne A. Mitchell

Softbound

$16.00

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From the northern realms of the Old World come these delightful stories of gnomes and trolls, told in Jakob Steit's characteristically heartwarming way. Children and adults will be captivated by the wee folk in all these tales - and by their courage and goodness. Especially wonderful in first grade - but cherished by all ages.

Stories for the Festivals of the Year

Told for Children

Irene Johanson

Softbound

$19.95

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I had never heard of this little treasure of a book until a few weeks ago. In fact, I had never seen a copy until those I had requested sight unseen arrived at my door.

It's been a long time since I was in a community where simple yet deep and beautiful stories were told at festival times -- Irene Johanson has brought that all back to me and offers it to anyone who opens her book. Although these tales for the Christian festivals are indeed told for children, it is hard for me to imagine anyone who could listen to or read these stories without loving them.

Most of the stories are quite short, which is good not only because they can be told at bedtime, but because there is so much imaginative gold contained in each that these small portions allow the heart to wrap itself completely around the stories and lets the mind imagine each one to the fullest.

Contents:

  • Easter, Ascension and Whitson - 9 different stories
  • Legends about St. John (the Baptist) - 10 stories
  • The Marriage of the King's Son (for Michaelmas) - 3 stories
  • The Animals' Joy at Christmas - 6 stories
  • Star Legends for Epiphany - 6 stories
  • Holy Week - 6 stories