Posts from the “Book Reviews” Category

My Favorite Autumn Children’s Book

Posted on September 1, 2014

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth is my favorite autumn story for children. Jane Yolen’s enchanting poetry and Jane Dyer’s radiant watercolors weave a spellbinding tale of friendship that bridges two worlds as different as night and day. This has been a great back-to-school book at my house. It’s easy to re-establish bedtime routines for a new school year when you can share treasures like this one after the kids nestle in for the night. Click “read on” below and you’ll see why!

Summer Reading Kindergarteners Will Love (ages 4-7)

Posted on June 18, 2014

Recently, I shared some favorite books with a customer who wanted a Summer Reading List for a five-year-old. Now that school has let out,  I’m sharing these treasured titles with all of you since I get so many requests for ideas.  Reading every evening as part of the bedtime routine makes for such wonderful interactions. The books listed here are enjoyable for adults as well as children, and provide rich artwork to nourish the soul. Click the headings or photos to learn more! Summertime in the Big Woods, Prairie Day, or County Fair – My First Little House Books  Beautifully illustrated, engaging adaptations of Laura Engalls Wilder’s tales for young children, this series is a great segue from board books to short stories with beautiful pictures. They have been a…

Pirates, Acorns, and Snow! Fun and Stories for Autumn and Winter

Posted on October 25, 2013

How did it get to be the last week of October?  If you still have a child pondering Halloween costumes, may I suggest a pirate sword and hook from our Palumba collection?  Just add a play-silk cape and a silk bandana, pick up a patch, and your pirate is ready to go! Once the excitement is over and the dark days and subzero weather hit, our family likes to snuggle up inside and r-e-a-d. Need fall and winter book ideas for your baby, toddler, or school-age child? I’ve picked three of my favorites to share — read on!

“One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet” a Great Holiday Needle-Crafters Gift

Posted on June 11, 2013

I love the thought of being able to create something useful from one skein of yarn. So I brought home One Skein by Leigh Radford and decided on a felted bowl. The bulky yarn and large needles made this a fun and very quick knit. But the best part for me is throwing what looks like a large, floppy hat in the washer with some hot water and soap and bringing out a thick, sturdy bowl 15 minutes later. This was so easy and fun, I think I will make a few more in different colors. The book truly has something for everyone and is the perfect book to help you use up your stash. Kriste

Games Children Sing and Play: A Waldorf Parenting Book for Early Childhood

Posted on May 23, 2013

Every now and then a book comes along that makes me wish I’d had that book when my son was young.  This is one of them. Plenty of books have been written for early childhood and kindergarten with stories, music, puppetry, song and circle games but this may the best I’ve come across!  Simple touching games, enchanting hand and finger games, and fun large movement games, Games Children Sing and Play includes them all. Movement aids learning, sensory development, helps children identify their space in the world and builds relationships with others.  I was thrilled to learn the movement games incorporate Spacial Dynamics, a movement therapy I encountered during my Waldorf Teacher training.  Through movement and activity, Spacial Dynamics enhances the relationship of the…

Celebrate Spring with The Root Children, a Charming Tale Starring Mother Earth

Posted on April 5, 2013

It’s an exciting time in Michigan when the first beacons of spring emerge!  Arriving early is risky business, with the ever-present threat of a late snow, but that doesn’t deter our most resilient species from sending up their beautiful blooms.  Enjoy searching for signs of spring on a nature walk with the children, and consider introducing them to The Story of the Root Children where they’ll discover the secret identities of the flowers!

The Story of the Root Children, a charming tale of spring at Palumba, specializing in natural toys and home goods, Steiner books, and non-toxic arts and crafts.

“Under the ground, deep in the earth among the roots of the trees, the little root-children were fast asleep all winter long…They were dreaming of the sunshine in which they had played all through the summer. And what wonderful dreams they were!” Thus begins the story, available as a board book or in  regular hardcover.

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Gardening Books at Palumba — A Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar

Posted on April 1, 2013

With the use of a biodynamic calendar, it is easy to plan gardening tasks.  The calendar indicates the best days for planting, cultivation, harvest and partaking of plants and trees according to whether we eat their roots, leaves, flowers, or fruits. Helpful hints for working with honey bees and making milk-based products such as keifer and cheese are included.  The calendar features a handy, pull out chart, and offers pointers about the weather which I find to be remarkably accurate. Different aspects of the zodiac influence the four elements and the four parts of the plant. Earth-root constellations include Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, Water-leaf constellations include Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Warmth-flower constellations are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Lastly, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are light-flower…