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
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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.
- The Name of the Tree (South Africa)
- Tunjur, Tunjur (Israel)
- Momotaro, the Peach Boy (Japan)
- The Little Flame
- The Little Possum Who Wanted a Peach
- Time for Bed
- Where Has Father Sun Gone?
- Recipe: Peppercorn Birthday Cake
- 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
- 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
- The Magic Stone (Brazil)
- The Golden Fish and the Magic Star (Brazil)
- The Little Seed (Brazil)
Also available in the Spanish Edition, Para Los Ninos del Mundo
Gilgamesh - Man's First Story
Softbound - elegantly illustrated
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This is a powerful - and powerfully beautiful - retelling of one of the oldest stories known to humanity. Bernarda Bryson tells this story with simplicity and grace - retaining as she does the uniquely Sumerian view of the world, some of the poetic responses, and above all, the heart and soul of this story that combines in equal measure the elements of both transcendent victory and deep tragedy. This retelling was written for children, but I can't think of any adult who wouldn't enjoy it as well. Ms. Bryson is rightly remembered as an author whose sensitivity was matched by her literary skill - and who used the fullness of her capacities in the making of this book.
The story of Gilgamesh was first written down about 3000 BC in Sumeria. It tells of a great flood and of one man, befriended by the gods, who survived by building an ark. In the feats of Gilgamesh and his companion, Enkidu, a monster who turns into a gentle man who loves and respects the King, are found the sources of great mythological heroes: Hercules, Jason and Theseus.
In addition to its vital importance in the history of literature, Gilgamesh is an exciting and often amusing tale - setting jealous god against jealous god, god against man, and man against man in remarkable battles of wit and strength.
A must for fifth graders - wonderful for the rest of us!
Great Myths of the World
Selected and Retold by Padraic Colum
Identical to Myths of the World, but in an older typesetting.
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As a tour of the world's great civilizations and the myths that give voice to their cultures, Padraic Colum's stands out as being not only sweeping in scope but beautiful in voice.As a tour of the world's great civilizations and the myths that give voice to their cultures, Padraic Colum's stands out as being not only sweeping in scope but beautiful in voice. Colum has selected what I will call 'keystone myths' from the ancient cultures that have informed our modern world:
Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Post-Christian Judaism, Greece, Rome, Graeco-Rome, the Celtic world, Finland (Kalevala), Iceland, India, China, Japan, Polynesia, Peru, Central America and Mexico, Zuni.
Colum also treats us to his wonderful essay, "The Significance of Mythology."
This one-volume edition carries within its covers more cultural heartbeats and beautiful vision than any other single book I can think of. Great Myths of the World is a book to enjoy throughout a lifetime. In Waldorf education, many of these myths are at the heart of 4th and 5th grade curricula.