Thursday, April 2, 2009

Storytime ♥ Barefoot Book of Earth Tales

Today's post by Guest Blogger, Heidi Rosenberg highlights a beautiful book about nature and cultures with a folktale twist to honor Earth Day.

I thought there was nothing that my 4 year old likes to do more than read. Last week we received the brand new Barefoot book of Earth Tales which includes suggestions for fun activities. Now I know that my daughters favorite thing is to read followed by a fun related activity.

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales is a beautiful anthology of folktales, where young readers learn how different cultures around the world live in harmony with the rhythms and patterns of nature. This book is recommended for 4 to 10 year old.

Each story has a fun creative activity to accompany it. The first story is called "The Sun Mother" and is a story from Australia. My daughter decided she wanted to do Aboriginal art activity. Since we didn't have any brown paper we decided to use a yellow piece of paper. We then selected some highly colored paints. Aboriginal pictures represent the journeys people take by showing the marks they create on the ground. She decided she wanted to use mainly her fingers. Here is a picture of her doing her artwork.

I am delighted to see a story from the American South West, we can't wait to follow the instructions to make a corn-husk doll. We must start eating lots of fresh corn to get the husks.

There are seven stories in this wonderful book from cultures near and far, each one unique in its relationship with the natural world. Like all Barefoot Books the paper in the book is ancient-forest friendly. This book is the perfect book for an Earth day gift.

Barefoot Books will be planting trees in partnership with Eco-Libris, for each copy of Earth Tales sold in the till the end of April in honor of Earth Day. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please visit my website and 10% off your purchase!

Thank you Heidi!! What a great book....beautiful book!!

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momof3girls said...

Thanks for the book review - I will have to check it out!

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