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THE BEEJUM BOOK

Alice O. Howell

This book is destined to become a classic. Both young and old will find enchantment and nourishment for the soul.

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BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS

Grimm / Hsin-Shih Lai

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DEMON SLAYER

Samuel Mills

Journey back five thousand years to the danger-filled jungles of ancient India and a time when gods and demons walked on the Earth. Meet Abhay, the hunter's son, who must confront a selfish bully, a man-eating leopard, and a fierce demon before he can earn his manhood. Meet Dayita, who must marry according to the rigid laws of her society rather than her heart's choice. (Age 12 and up)

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THE FIRE BRINGER

Samuel Mills

The Fire Bringer takes readers on a journey that gives life to the stories of the great Olympian gods and goddesses. Discover what it means to be entrusted with the gift of fire, and why Prometheus betrayed his own king to save a lowly race of mortals. Learn about our Western mythological roots and experience these all-too-human archetypes. (Age 12 and up)

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THE GREEN SNAKE AND THE BEAUTIFUL LILY

A Fairy Tale

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Illustrated by Hermann Linde

The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily is one of the most important stories of the Anthroposophic and Rosicrucian streams. It is a timeless, allegorical tale of initiation and had a profound impact on Rudolf Steiner and on the formulation of his teachings. He called the fairy tale a kind of "secret revelation," an "apocalypse." As the authors point out in The Time Is At Hand! Goethe's fairy tale begins with a specific image: a river separating two lands that contrast to each other, as do the sensory world and the spiritual world. The story ends with a bridge, created through sacrifice, that spans the river between the two lands.

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IN BLUE MOUNTAINS

An Artist's Return to America's First Wilderness

Thomas Locker

In Blue Mountains is about the love of nature and the importance of beauty. It tells the story of an artist who sets out to explore wilderness and discovers a new way of seeing. At first, he is bewildered by the profusion of nature - there are so many leaves, he could never paint them all! Gradually, he learns to see its wholeness and to trust his feelings. As he does so, he embarks on an adventure of learning: about light and shadow, the way colour changes through the day, and how looking at nature leads to a new understanding of himself and the world.

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KEY OF THE KINGDOM

A Book of Stories and Poems for Children

Collected by Elizabeth Gmeyner and Joyce Russell

This is a classic, much-loved collection of stories, legends, fairytales, fables, and poems for young children from seven to nine. The authors range from Shakespeare, and Robert Herrick through Blake, Keats, Tennyson, Walter de la Mare, and anonymous authors of folk tales and old carols, All were chosen because of their ability to fill the heart and mind with their rhythms, words, and images.

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LARA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS

Alice O. Howell

Lara, along with her refugee parents, finds herself marooned in an isolated little hotel in snowbound Norway before World War II. Left all alone, she finds two eccentric old English guests who teach her to ski. She discovers deep love and wisdom from the grandfatherly carpenter Andreas, who teaches her that Christmas really is a universal event, open to every heart and every faith.

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LAST NIGHT OF RAMADAN

Maissa Hamed

The Last Night of Ramadan is for children and their families who wish to understand and learn about Islam and the Muslim culture through Islamic celebrations throughout the year. This book focuses on the Holy Month of Ramadan and the traditions associated with it. The story of the Last Night of Ramadan entertains as it unveils the significance of Ramadan and Eid El Fitr and the traditions associated with them. Children's imaginative powers can be further enriched when the events unfold through the beautiful medium of a puppet show - something parents can enjoy creating with their children and teachers can create for a primary school context.

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

The Classic Grimm's Fairy Tale

With Commentary for the Thoughtful Parent

Andrew Flaxman

Illustrated by Patricia DeLisa

Along with the Bible and Shakespeare, Grimms' fairy tales rank among the best selling literature of the Western world. And Little Red Riding Hood is perhaps the best known story of the Grimms brothers' collection. What accounts for such popularity? Like all of the Grimms' fairy tales, the characters in this story led us to discover the treasures in our own souls.

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MR GOETHE'S GARDEN

Diana Cohn

illustrated by Paul Mirocha

Mr. Goethe's Garden tells the story of a unique friendship between an inquisitive young girl, Anna, and her neighbour - the elderly, world-famous playwright, artist and natural scientist, Johann von Goethe. Anna visits Mr. Goethe in his well-tended garden where he teaches her to draw and to observe the world of nature in a special way.

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NAMASTE!

Diana Cohn

illustrated by Amy Cordóva

Nima Sherpa lives in Nepal at the top of the world, where the tallest mountain on earth, Chomolongma - the mountain we call Everest - towers above the clouds. Nima has promised her father, a mountain guide, that she will find a way to help make the world a better place. In Namaste! Nima learns that she brightens the day for friends and strangers alike when she shares her sweetness and light, every time she says 'Namaste'.

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NAMASTE!

Diana Cohn

Illustrated by Amy Cordóva

Nima Sherpa lives in Nepal at the top of the world, where the tallest mountain on earth, Chomolongma—the mountain we call Everest—towers above the clouds. Nima has promised her father, a mountain guide, that she will find a way to help make the world a better place.

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NUMERICA

A Waldorf Book of Counting

Gloria Kemp

Illustrated by Elsa Murray-Lafrenz

Once upon a time there lived a girl named Sky and a boy named Bilko, who loved to dance and play tag with the butterflies in the fields. When they were asked how many butterflies and ants they saw, they could not say...

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PETER AND ANNELI'S JOURNEY TO THE MOON

Gerdt Bernhard von Bassewitz

This classic German children's tale of imaginative fantasy and adventure tells the story of how Peter and Anneli help Mr. Zoomzeman, a June Bug, bring his leg back from the Moon.

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ROSES FOR ISABELLA

Diana Cohn

Illustrated by Amy Córdova. Afterword by Lynn Lohr

"Isabella, an aspiring writer and daughter of rose-farm workers in Ecuador, relates the story of her family's livelihood. Isabella is very excited because her school will be commemorating "Pachamama" (Mother Earth) with a special assembly that will include original stories and poems. The students begin their assignment, and the teacher is impressed with Isabella's introduction about Ecuador's continual sunshine, which helps the flowers grow so well. Isabella then recounts a time when her parents worked in a rose farm that used insecticides that caused illness and strong headaches, especially for her mother. Healthier and happier days occurred when her parents began work in a new rose farm that practices fair trade and grows roses organically. Isabella's writing continues with basic section headings to explain the concept of fair trade, how the roses are sold around the world, and why celebrating Ecuador's Pachamama is important. Her composition parallels her overall narration that's distinguished by a standard typeface opposite the child-oriented look of her written story. Colourful folk-art-style drawings in marker and gouache add an authenticity to this South American tale. Unfortunately, the important message about environmental concerns and equitable working conditions dominates, leaving little story for children to latch onto." - Kirkus

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SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED

Brothers Grimm

Illustrated by Denise Marshall

Devoted sisters and forever friends, Snow White and Rose Red are as lovely and sweet as the delicate flowers that inspired their names.

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SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAIN

Shelley Davidow

"A fine, strong, delicate story of a girl in mortal danger, who is saved because she brings herself to ask help from powers she does not understand. Emily lives in South Africa, but the voice in her diary is utterly recognizable half the world away - funny and agonizingly true." - Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Earthsea Cycle

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THE SUN SEED

Jan Schubert

"Early one spring morning, a little seed woke up after her long winter sleep. She yawned and stretched. With a loud CRACK her hard brown jacket fell away. 'Oh!' said the surprised seed. The earth above felt warm."

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TALKING EAGLE AND THE LADY OF ROSES

The Story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Illustrated and Written by Amy Córdova

with Eugene Gollogly

"Talking Eagle, an Aztec peasant who had converted to Christianity and been renamed Juan Diego, is approached by Mother Mary and asked to build a church on the top of Tepeyac hill. When Juan takes the request to Bishop Zumárraga, he is denied until he can bring proof. Mary provides roses during the middle of winter, and when they are brought to the bishop, the image of Mother Mary also appears imprinted on Juan's "tilma" or cloak. With that proof, a church is built on the site. Readers familiar with the story through oral renditions will enjoy this religious tale as it unfolds, and details help the story flow. The dark-hued folk-art drawings depict Juan and the Lady of Roses with Mexican flare. End pages provide more information regarding the history, Lady Guadalupe, Juan's "tilma" and current celebrations. Children who already know the story will enjoy the depth and the rich art provided here; those unfamiliar with the legend should also appreciate it." - School Library Journal

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THEO THE BLUE RIDER PIGEON

Christine Sierau

Illustrated by Rose Tannenbaum

It was a cold and blustery November night at Blue Rider Stables. The wind howled outside the barn. The horses were huddled safely nside. The girls who apprenticed at the barn had closed the heavy door against the storm. What a surprise when, the next morning, a pigeon was found limping around inside. No one expected that the barn would become his new home, but it did.

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THREE GRIMMS' FAIRY TALES

Paintings by Gerard Wagner

Afterword by Peter Stebbing

The Brothers Grimm

The illustrations in Three Grimms' Fairy Tales by the German painter Gerard Wagner for "Briar Rose"; "Jorinde and Joringle"; and "The Star-Taler" represent a unique artistic approach to children's book illustration. Through Wagner's life-long investigation into how form can arise from objective color experience, the images are attuned individually in a deep way to the mood of each fairy tale and to children's essential moral nature and creative fantasy. The book is a finely illustrated children's book as well as a book of fine art.

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THUMBELINA

Hans Christian Anderson

Illustrated by Hsin-Shih Lai

"Once there was a woman who longed to have a little child, but she didn't know where to get one. At last she went to a fairy and said, 'I would so very much like to have a little child. Can you tell me where I can find one?'"

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WALDORF ALPHABET BOOK

Famke Zonneveld

Afterword by W. Ward

In this delightful alphabet and game book for young children (which replaces the bestselling Living Alphabet) each consonant and vowel comes to life in vivid pictures that show each letter's unique qualities in the world. The vibrant and playful illustrations help children learn the alphabet in the most natural and living way. This expanded paperback edition includes a complete essay by master Waldorf teacher William Ward, 'Learning to Read and Write in Waldorf Schools'.

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WHAT JULIANA COULD SEE

Paul Margulies

illustrated by Famke Zonneveld

This radiant picture book, written for the former ER star and film actor Julianna Margulies when she was six years old by her father, captures the pure openness of a child's imagination. These reflections on what a small girl sees around her remind us all, both young and old, that the riches in life come with our loving attention to the simple and near-at-hand.

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WINTER AWAKE!

Linda Kroll

illustrated by Ruthe Lieberherr

The coming of Winter plays an important role in the cycle of nature. In this delightfully illustrated story, young children can find that 'for every thing there is a season'. Winter, Awake! tells what happens one year when Winter will not wake. The tired trees need to rest. Their fallen leaves have made a leafy blanket for the sleeping seeds. All the woodland creatures try to tell Winter their work is done. They scold and mock and urge, but Winter will not wake, until, at last, the round red ladybug in her small, soft voice whispers something gently in his ear-and mighty Winter wakes!

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THE WISE ENCHANTER

A Journey through the Alphabet

Shelley Davidow

Illustrated by Krystyna Emilia Kurzyca

"But you have found your way to the Enchanted Islands," said the hermit. "That is the first step, and that is good. I can't tell you which way to go, since I have no idea. You see, very few people have ever reached the castle itself, and no one has been there since I have been here, but I can tell you one thing?if you keep going straight through the forest, it will end. At the end, there are two paths. One path is the Right Way. The other is the Left Way. One of these paths is the true way, and will take you where you need to go; but you can only know which is which once you have gone along the way of your choice for some time."

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