The Sweeper – A Buddhist Tale

There are not a lot of books that we come across that talk about Buddhism. I was instantly intrigued by The Sweeper, a new book written and illustrated by Rebecca Hazel, that illustrates the importance of mindfulness. Inspired by Buddhist tradition, this original story tells how Padme, a young servant girl, meets the Buddha as … Continue reading The Sweeper – A Buddhist Tale

Finding Fun in Fairy Houses

At the beginning of summer one of our local libraries held an event where the children saw books about fairy and gnome houses and then were able to make them themselves. It was a marvelous activity that really got their creative juices flowing. The houses were made with all natural items and intended to be … Continue reading Finding Fun in Fairy Houses

Folktales with Lessons for Life

Folktales are such a wonderful part of children's literature. There are so many tales that have been passed down through the generations and we have learned so many valuable lessons from them. One of the things that I find especially fascinating is reading folktales from a wide variety of cultures to see how similar situations … Continue reading Folktales with Lessons for Life

Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses

My younger daughter's current favorite book is the Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes and Princesses. We are big fans of the Illuustrated Stories series in general because of their gorgeous illustrations and ability to take well known stories and bring them to younger audiences at an age appropriate level (Shakespeare for an 8 year old!). … Continue reading Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses

Priceless Gifts

We learn many things from folk stories and fairy tales. Once passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth and then in written form, they are becoming less of a staple in the stories that are read to children. An important message that flows through many old tales is that good things come … Continue reading Priceless Gifts

The Power of The Storyteller

"There is a unique kind of magic that comes from hearing a story told. With only the power of a voice, an entire world can be created. Suddenly, the audience becomes the hero, the villain, or the magic djinn commanding the desert sand storm." So says Evan Turk in the author's note to his book … Continue reading The Power of The Storyteller

Traveling the World through Fables

"Long ago, everything from the changing of the seasons to the passage of the Sun through the sky was an unsolved mystery. So people came up with stories to explain how things came to be. These stories - known as myths or fables - varied from place to place, but all had a shared thread … Continue reading Traveling the World through Fables