By Sarah Newland, Waldorf parent of two children, ages 9 and 17
Ganesh’s Sweet Tooth
By Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes
This is not a retelling of the classic legend of how Ganesh broke his tusk, though it is loosely based on the story. Some elements and scenes in this book are not found in Hindu mythology (the super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo!), and certain plot points were changed to develop an original, fun picture book. It will entertain and inspire readers to learn even more about the rich and varied stories of Hindu mythology.
Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives
of a Rainforest Tree
By Kate Messner and Simona Mulazzani
This is a lush and fascinating book about the rainforest’s abundant beauty and the wonderful multiplicity of life sustained by just one almendro tree. Your child will search and count through each page while learning scientific facts about each animal.
A Rock is Lively
By Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
A book about rocks and crystals for kids! Sometimes a book comes along that is just perfect for Crazy Wisdom. This is one of them. Beautiful pictures combine with just enough facts to keep slightly older children interested. Fun for budding geologists.
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
By Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad
One day, Anna’s mother takes her to the ballet, and the girl’s simple life is changed forever. Anna grows up to become the most famous prima ballerina of all time. The elegant style of these drawings are captivating, and the book is perfect for slightly younger kids interested in dance.
The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee
By Barry Jonsberg
Candice Phee isn’t your typical 12-year-old. She has more than her fair share of quirks. But she also has the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to make sure everyone around her is happy. Which is no easy feat when you’re dealing with a pet fish with an identity crisis, a friend who believes he came from another dimension, an age-old family feud, and a sick mom. But she is on a mission. This is a heartfelt and fun book for middle schoolers.
By Else Wenz-Vietor
In the Waldorf tradition of Elsa Beskow, this lovely little book is about what happens to plants and flowers once their petals have been plucked or uncared for. The angels in flower heaven nurture and heal them, of course!
French Dreamland cd
By Putumayo World Music
These charming lullabies will transport you to the lavender-scented French countryside. Wonderful for Francophile parents, too!