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I usually buy a few books for each of my children for Christmas and birthdays but would like to get some with a more waldorfy/nature theme than the ones I would normally buy<br><br>
I have two girls aged 10y and 9y, and three boys aged 7y, 3.5y and 16m.<br><br>
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i like the book Please Don't Step on Me. it's about insects. got in in a store in Cherokee, NC. author is Elly-Kree George. Published by Cherokee Publications. it only cost $5 and it is really cool! ooh wait here is a website <a href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?r=1&ean=9780935741070" target="_blank">http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...=9780935741070</a><br><br><a href="http://www.cherokeepublications.net/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=19" target="_blank">http://www.cherokeepublications.net/...index&cPath=19</a>
 

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Oooh! The Beejum Book would be perfect for your older ones! My son loves it, and he's only 5, but I am sure we'll be reading it a couple of times together, and that he'll want to read it again when he can read on his own. He also loves Little House on the Prairie. Your oldest might be ready for The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. There's lots of nature-y goodness in that one!<br><br>
For the 3.5 yo, I would suggest Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow, or maybe not as Waldorfy, but very much loved in our house, Uncle Wiggly's Story Book. We all laugh out loud at these stories, and the characters are so loveable!<br><br>
For the baby, my daughter loves the season picture books by Gerta Muller. Heck, I can get lost in the beautiful illustrations.<br><br>
Have fun choosing the perfect books!
 

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thank you for your suggestions - I'll go check them out<br><br>
my 10yo DD is a very prolific reader and I struggle to keep her in books that are appropriate for her age. I think we already have the secret garden. I've been trying my hardest to get her to read classics instead of the teenage stories that are about.
 

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Anything by Elsa Beskow...we particularly love <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Around the Year</span>. Also, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGnomes-Wil-Huygen%2Fdp%2F0810909650" target="_blank">Gnomes</a> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Story of the Root Children</span>. <a href="http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-316-seasons-board-books.aspx" target="_blank">These</a> are board books, but they are beautiful and magical.
 

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A great reference is the <a href="http://michaelmaspress.com/readinglist.htm" target="_blank">Waldorf Student Reading List.</a>. It gives recommendations based on grade.<br><br>
I'm not sure that these stories are necessarily a nature theme, but they are of a different time, and I think they fit in with being "Waldorfy".<br><br>
For your older ones, we have recently been enjoying the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCatwings-Set-Ursula-K-LeGuin%2Fdp%2F0439551056%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1196959397%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Catwings</a> series by Ursula LeGuinn. There is also <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHappy-Little-Family-Fairchild-Story%2Fdp%2F1883937728%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1196959157%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Happy Little Family</a>--that is a series about a family of 5 written in the 40's with several books as well. I don't know if your girls have read any of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBetsy-Tacy-Maud-Hart-Lovelace%2Fdp%2F0064400964%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1196959073%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Betsy-Tacy</a>stories, we also enjoy those.<br>
For your older boy there is one about a gnome---I think it's called Puck the Gnome. Also what about <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWonderful-Adventures-Nils-Selma-Lagerlof%2Fdp%2F0486286118" target="_blank">The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.</a>--although that I might look at first as it might be a little old for 7.
 

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Maybe not Waldorf per say, but <i>The Velveteen Rabbit</i> is my 19 month old's favorite, and the first lengthy storybook she actually sits through all the way. (And, feeds to sleep to!) <i>The Nutcracker</i> is also a favorite in our home this holiday season. I just love reading stories to her where the handmade toys are made to come to life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><i>Little Women</i> is a great series for young girls, and an especially beautiful read for sisters.The <i>Anne of Green Gables</i> series was also a personal favorite of mine as a young girl. <a href="http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/storclas.html" target="_blank">Here</a> is a list of some classic children's books you may recall. You may also recognize many of <a href="http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~dea22/classic.html" target="_blank">these</a> classics, as well.<br><br>
Also, one of my favorite Waldorf- inspired books is <i><a href="http://www.atoygarden.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1511" target="_blank">The Power of Love</a></i> by Doris Rainville. (It's an endearingly sweet story that teaches children how to overcome their fears through the power of love, and the illustrations are just beautiful!)
 

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I'm loving of late <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBirthday-Cake-No-Ordinary%2Fdp%2F0152057420%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1197022976%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank"><i>A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake</i> by Debra Frasier</a>. It covers the earth's rotation around the sun, changes of the seasons, and the time it take to become a year. Dd loves it (4, almost 4.5 yo) because it talks about birthdays. But she's learning cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west), passage of time, seasons, and how to make a cake (there's instruction on what's necessary for a cake besides the recipe at the end.) Loads of fun and something I plan to buy for 3 Kings Day (Epiphany.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I just found several of the titles listed above at our library. Thanks mamas for all your beautiful suggestions!<br><br><br>
Here, we really like The Elves Big Adventure, Pico the Gnome, and the Tiptoes Lightly series. The series is especially neat, as they are interesting short chapters, to introduce chapter books to a 4 year old, and later they become first reading books.
 

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We ordered for Christmas, for dcs ages 3, almost 5, and 7: The Story of the Root Children, Around the Year, The Tomten, The Tomten and the Fox, and two Flower Fairy books. I had looked at the Root Children at a friend's house and loved it. I went to Amazon and looked at what books came up as "other customers also bought...". I ordered some from Amazon, enough for free shipping, and some used in Like New or Very Good condition from half.com. Oh, and the "Winter" picture book by Muller. We got dd2 the Autumn one for her birthday in Sept, from A Toy Garden along with the Autumn playsilks set, so we decided to make a tradition of getting each seasonal book and playsilk set as the new season arrives.<br><br>
Making note of all the other suggestions for future book purchases!
 

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ooh thank you for all the excellent suggestions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Plenty of ideas for me now
 

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I would recommend Tomie DePoala books, like <i>Strega Nona.</i> He uses gentle, warm colors, his books always have a great message that lines up with Waldorf ideals, and he also has several multicultural themes that would really be great for your kids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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