Over the years many bedtime stories have been told to little ones, in cultures as diverse as Hawaiian and Greek; Mayan and Japanese; Bantu and Norse. This is one of the latter. It is not an ancient story you wont find it amongst the sagas or Eddas; nor is it a profound story. It is a simple tale which contains a multitude of morals in its few pages.
It contains images which are familiar to everyone the lovable old braggart, the bedraggled mouse, and the raging storm which make it easy for little ones to relate to it. It gives opportunities for children to stretch their imaginations trying to picture the surroundings related during the course of the story.
In many ways it reminds me of stories I used to tell my children when they were young, and which hold some of my fondest memories of raising them.
Personally, I would recommend printing this little gem out to make it easier to tell (no sense dragging your laptop to the bedside. There arent any illustrations (except for the cover pages), but this may inspire you to have your child draw some.
This was a fun story. I have no hesitation at all in recommending it. Check out their website for more offerings.
Encyclopedia of Angels by Richard Webster ? 2009 Llewellyn ISBN: 978-0-7387-1462-2 262 pages Paperback $21.95 (U.S.) $25.50 (Canada)
A few centuries ago this book would have been: a)
invaluable; b) impossible to produce; and c) the result of years of
painstaking research and writing in the scriptorium of some European
The Sphinx Mystery by Robert Temple with Olivia Temple © 2009 Inner Tradition ISBN: 978-1-59477-271-9 565 pages Paperback $24.95 (U.S.) $27.95 ( Canada)
TAt one time, decades ago, I was attracted to the mysteries surrounding the ancient land of Egypt as are many people even today. I was even more strongly attracted by the mysteries written about by individuals as disparate as Sir E.A. Wallis Budge and Edgar Cayce. Throughout these writings ran the image and speculations on the subject of, the Sphinx. Unfortunately most of these speculations were backed up by nothing except personal opinion. Professor (visiting professor of the history and science of philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, member of Royal Historical Society and others) Temples book, on the other hand, contains support for his conjectures.
Although moderately technical (there really is no way to avoid it on a subject this complex), it is eminently readable and fairly easily understood. Chapter Seven: The Sphinx and the Giza Plan is the one spot most likely to lose readers due to the complex mathematical and spatial relationships being discussed. Fortunately there are profuse illustrations throughout the book which help to illuminate the topics under discussion in the text. More photos, and some in color, will soon be available at www.sphinxmystery.info
There are no grand conspiracy theories here, although there is a certain amount of disdain for the behavior of some Egyptologists and explorers. The mainstay of the conspiracy theorists that there is a hidden chamber proving the existence of Atlantis (or our origin among the stars, or any other pet belief) - is discussed in realistic detail; as is the theory of rain erosion of the Sphinx. Both of these topics are treated as realistic topics and not dismissed out of hand.
The final 92 pages before the notes comprise Accounts of the Sphinx from Roman Times to 1817 as well as translations of various papers relating to expeditions during the 19th century as well as drawings made during an investigation of the Sphinx in 1992.
This is a thoroughly readable account of the reality of the Sphinx. There is no unfounded speculation although some deductions are made and conclusions drawn which will be at variance with both the scientific consensus and New Age beliefs. Professor makes no attempt to placate either side of the debate. He simply lays out his conclusions and allows the reader to decide whether they agree or not.
Pagans on the Wildside: Campfire Cooking edited by Edain Duguay ? 2009 www.wyrdwoodpublications.com eISBN: WYRDWOOD-0015 46 pages ebook $4.99 (U.S.)
There are positives and negatives associated with
ebooks from smaller companies. On the positive side are the facts
that they often fill over-looked niche topics, they are often (as
in this case) dedicated to ecological causes, and they give the reader
an exposure to authors and contributors they may not otherwise encounter.
On the negative side are the facts that the editing and proofreading
often suffers from a lack of thoroughness and?you know I can?t think
of any other negatives at this point.