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Since I, and so many others I know, must buy their Waldorf books online --sight unseen---and pay lots of shipping on top of the already pricey books...I thought maybe we could have a thread where people can post their specific book questions. I for one, have already bought quite a few duds (which were not at all what i was expecting) and one or two that are fairly repetitive...meaning I could have done perfectly fine with just one or the other. Maybe something like this could help?<br><br>
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I'll start! I've heard great things about "The Children's Year" and "All Year Round"...how crafty do you have to be to get something out of these? I do basic crafts and some simple hand sewing...but no knitting or anything (yet). If it's good for beginners as well, is one enough or are they different enough to warrant getting both? Right now we use "Toymaking With Children", "Felt Wee Folk" and "Feltcraft".<br><br>
Also, is "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge" rather a book for those beginning with this philosophy? Is there any point getting it if my ds is already 4? Same question for "Seven Times the Sun" and "Heaven on Earth".<br><br>
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Do you like and use the Wynstones series?<br><br>
thanks!
 

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I absolutely love <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beyond the Rainbow Bridge</span> and I also got it when my oldest was 4ish- I think it is useful for anyone, at anytime whether you are first getting into Waldorf, or are already familiar with it. I have read it a couple of times, and refer back to it as well.<br>
The Children's Year is also fantastic, and we have gone through it many times. It is quite different from Toymaking With Children because it focuses on seasonal ideas- and it isn't all toys. You don't have to be super crafty to be able to utilize the projects in there. There are a lot of knitting projects and you do have to be able to knit beforehand- but there are also a lot of other types of projects.<br>
Anyhow, I feel that both of these books are well worth the money.<br>
I am also wondering about <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Times The Sun</span> - should I get this one?<br>
This is a great thread.
 

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Looove Wynstones here, very fun to read aloud, act out and learn poems and songs from!<br><br>
As for craft books, the ones you mentioned are totally beyond me (I'm not crafty AT ALL), but I love Earthways, by Carol Petrash, and A Child's Seasonal Treasury - both are organized by season, with very doable projects and ideas... CST also has recipes and poems/fingetplays - I love it a lot!<br><br>
HTH - Penny
 

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I'm reading:<br>
"Rainbow Bridge" and "Waldorf Education, A Family Guide."<br>
Love them both and plan on buying them (borrowing the library copies now)<br><br>
I enjoyed "School as a Journey" by Torrin Finser but haven't read it in a few years.<br><br>
"Children at Play" by Heidi Britz-Crecelius was not an easy read for me. Didn't care for it.<br><br>
"You are Your Child's First Teacher," loved it when I read it years ago. Will get back to it after reading what's on the nightstand now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've just bought a used copy of "Naturally Three." Read good things about it and am anxious to take a look.<br><br>
I tend to search amazon and other sites for books and then try to get them through my library. If I really like them and feel the need to re-read and highlight, then I buy myself a copy.<br><br>
Looking forward to other suggestions......
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As for craft books, the ones you mentioned are totally beyond me (I'm not crafty AT ALL), but I love Earthways, by Carol Petrash, and A Child's Seasonal Treasury - both are organized by season, with very doable projects and ideas... CST also has recipes and poems/fingetplays - I love it a lot!<br>
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Thank you so much! I have been suspecting that those crafts are beyond me at this point in time. I also love Earthways!! I have also been wondering about "A Child's Seasonal Treasury"....so maybe that's the way to go!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">"Children at Play" by Heidi Britz-Crecelius was not an easy read for me. Didn't care for it.<br><br>
I tend to search amazon and other sites for books and then try to get them through my library. If I really like them and feel the need to re-read and highlight, then I buy myself a copy.<br><br>
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I didn't like "Children At Play" AT ALL! I don't know if it was due to a funky translation or just outmoded ideas or what...but I'm always totally surprised to see good reviews on that one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Different strokes I guess...<br><br>
My main problem with Waldorf books is that I don't have access to an English library!! I do get some of the stories and craft books in German (most of them originated in that language after all!) but for more in depth philosophy, poems, instruction etc...I prefer English. I order everything from waldorfbooks or amazon...and the shipping really adds up! So recommendations are vital! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have Seven Times the Sun, and its a good book. Mostly its about setting up rythms and I would say half if not more of the book is music and songs. So really good for people who are into music and playing recorder, harp or piano. But if you aren't big into music and dont need a song book I would say you can probably get a better reading book for your buck.<br><br>
Books I have loved so far<br><br>
#1 OM's Preschool Heart of Learning, I thought that book was extremely well put together and it has really made me reevaluate myself my parenting and my teaching. So far this has been my favorite book.<br><br>
#2 You Are Your Childs First Teacher, great book especially for those with young children. Definatly a good book to have on your shelves. Loaded with resources, ideas for setting up play areas, ect. This was the first waldorf book I bought and it was great for helping me start out.<br><br>
#3 Toymaking with Children is a great craft book, if you have some crafting experience. I think some of the crafts may be a bit ahrd to follow without experience, but most are relatively easy to do and would be fun to do with kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
#4 Painting with Children is a good book, I learned alot from it, I found most of the info in that book was in the OM process manual as well, but there are lots of pretty pictures in Painting with Children and I liked that. I'm a visual kind of person so I really liked that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm in the process of reading "All Year Round" so I'll come back and review that one when I'm through <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
For fairy tales I bought the old Grimm brothers book (the huge softcover one) and that was nice but theres just way too many stories to weed through! I found this book and its wonderful:<br><br>
"Favourite Tales from Hans Christian Anderson"<br><br>
Its a beautiful hardcover book with lovely illustrations I'm going to be buying the "Favourite Grimm's Tales" next time I place a book order cause I like it so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So far thats all I've read. I'm looking foward to reading the responses to this thread. I'm a total book junkie but I definatly dont want to waste money on books that aren't needed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For fairy tales I bought the old Grimm brothers book (the huge softcover one) and that was nice but theres just way too many stories to weed through! I found this book and its wonderful:<br><br>
"Favourite Tales from Hans Christian Anderson"<br><br>
Its a beautiful hardcover book with lovely illustrations I'm going to be buying the "Favourite Grimm's Tales" next time I place a book order cause I like it so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I knew this thread would be helpful!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was JUST checking out these "Favourite Tales..." books and having the hardest time deciding. Neither Amazon nor the publisher's website gives a list of which tales are included. Or even how many for that matter. They look great, though. My only hesitation is about the beautiful illustrations...I'm trying really hard to *tell* the stories without the book in front of me.<br><br>
Thanks for the info about "Seven Times the Sun". It sounds like for us non-musical types it would only make sense to buy the book along with companion CD. I wonder if anyone who has it really likes the songs? I need music as well as books, so...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Thank you so much for the ideas!
 

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<a href="http://catalog.loc.gov" target="_blank">http://catalog.loc.gov</a><br><br>
Library of Congress catalogs: I did a search for Favorite Tales from Hans Christian and then clicked on the tag for Full Record. There is a list of all the stories included in the book. For collections of stories this is a better resource than Amazon, cause it will have more complete info. OT but Amazon is awfully irritating sometimes. Ya ever try to find out how many disks in an audio book?<br><br>
Use the Basic Search and don't both putting in the whole title, the first five words is usually plenty.
 

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I'm not a big fan of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Times the Sun</span>. I have it on my shelf, and I've read through it, but I never reference it. I use <span style="text-decoration:underline;">You Are Your Child's First Teacher</span> a lot, and I have enjoyed <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beyond the Rainbow Bridge</span>. There are some good nuggets in there.<br>
I was flipping through <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Children's Year</span> today at our little shop at school, and it looks wonderful! I think that's next on my list, although I think I'll borrow it from the library first if I can.<br>
I'd also like comments on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Magical Child</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Your Incarnating Child</span>, and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Lifeways</span>.<br>
I'm sure everyone is aware of how much I love <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Heaven on Earth</span>! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I must say, I am not overly thrilled with our Favourite Tales from Brothers Grimm (illustrated by Anastasia Archipova). The illustrations are cheesey, IMO, and the editing is poor (there are missing bits, and spelling errors, they drive me crazy). I love any stories illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, but they are just the individual tales, and there aren't that many of them. I have yet to find a comprehensive Grimm's that I like.
 

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Thanks Deborah! Very helpful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
anamama- thanks for the comments. you've definitely got me curious about "Heaven On Earth" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So, from what I'm gathering..."You Are Your Child's First Teacher" and "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge" are covering much of the same thing??<br><br>
Do any of the books mentioned so far go into detail about how to set up the play area, bedroom, living space in general? thanks.<br><br>
Also, does anyone know if "Festivals, Family and Food" is about the same as "All Year Round"? Anyone have a preference for one over the other?
 

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It's hard to say what to recommend because Waldorf books speak differently to so many people. Take my books for example...in the same day I can get two totally different views on the exact same book, so I've had to learn to learn to take the whole person in with the review. I liked Children at Play. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I love the Wynstones and Spiritual Syllabus Kindy books but someone else might not get a thing out of them...I've seen so many different opinions. Sometimes it is good to buy them new so that you can return them...like through Bob and Nancy's for example.
 

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followed this link from the HS thread.<br><br>
thank you, calynde, for starting this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> for someone just really starting to explore WE, it's good to hear all of these suggestions/opinions! i am certainly making my library list.
 

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Yes, Thank you for starting this thread!!<br><br>
I've enjoyed, 'you are your child's first teacher'...great starting book<br><br>
I bought, 'all year round' and love it for crafty idea's.<br><br>
I also bought 'seven times the sun' but it's not a favorite.
 

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I know what you mean regarding Seven Years Around the Sun, it is filled with songs and music, which I cannot read, and yet I am really drawn to the book for some reason. I think I just like the author and how she includes her whole self in the book, I never feel pressured to be something that I am not when I read it.
 

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<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beyond the Rainbow Bridge</span> is the best book to start with. This book is very helpful and enjoyable to reading. Like a breath of fresh air. Even if you have been with Waldorf for years it will still be helpful and refreshing.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">You are Your Child's First Teacher</span> is huge and extensive. Can usually be found at the library. Recommended.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">OM Heart of Learning</span> is also great. I didn't get as much out of the process manual though.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Felt Craft</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Nature Corner</span> are excellent craft books. I do not have them, but have reviewed and friend's copy. She has made lots of wonderful creations using these books. They are both on my book list of things to buy.
 

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I love this!<br><br>
Other Waldorfy titles:<br><br>
"A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling: Kindergarten" by Melisa Nielsen<br><br>
I bought this because I'm in a yahoo group that she moderates and I get a really good vibe from her messages. I like it and am glad to have it, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It offers a full K curriculum but it's very basic...and with very few activities listed. It's not an expensive book so the content seems to match well with the price. It doesn't give a lot of background info for one thing. It's also based on Susan Whiteheads seasonal books which are around $19 each, although apparently others could be used. Since we're homeschooling with k next year I plan to use this little book as a "gap filler". Some of the ideas and recipes are quite sweet.<br><br>
"The Gnome Craft Book"<br><br>
We're pretty gnome happy over here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm not at all good at crafting so there is definitely a portion of this book that is out of reach for me, BUT there are several really simple ideas that anyone can do...even me! I've made several simple little wine cork gnomes for the nature table and they are constantly played with. Perhaps there are wider-ranging craft books that cover gnomes, too...I don't know.<br><br>
"The Seal Maiden: A Celtic Musical CD"<br><a href="http://www.atoygarden.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=934" target="_blank">http://www.atoygarden.com/index.cfm?...Product_ID=934</a><br><br>
I bought this on a whim and my ds and I just love it. The music is beautiful and so is the story and it fits in very well within a Waldorf home. There is a sample song or two on the site above and also on Amazon.<br><br>
"Toymaking With Children"<br><br>
I really like this one, despite not being crafty. I just get inspired from the ideas and photos in it. I have passed on the playstand plans to my father-in-law and some of the knitted toys to my MIL! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My ds is attempting some of the woodworking and I enjoy getting to sit back and delegate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> No, really....I recommend it.<br><br>
And not parenting related, but something I use occasionally for my own "inner work":<br><br>
"Sing Me the Creation: A Sourcebook for Poets and Teachers and for all who wish to develop the Life of the Imagination" by Paul Matthews<br><br>
It's a book of over 300 games and exercises for individual and group work in creative writing...and just creativity period. If you like to write, like to stretch yourself and like to play with words and imagination this is a great book to have. The group exercises could be used within a family (with dp or teens) or can be adapted for an individual. Most exercises are short, so not too time consuming. I like to try to do at least a few a week. I got this one from waldorfbooks.<br><br>
for Folktales I really like "Favorite Folktales from around the World by Jane Yolen<br><br><br>
Hope that's helpful...more later!
 

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My favorite parenting books so far are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">You Are Your Child's First Teacher</span>. I also liked <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beyond the Rainbow Bridge</span>.<br><br>
For babies, I also liked much of Magda Gerber's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Your Self Confident Baby</span>. Not "Waldorf" per se, but it is often referenced by many Waldorf parents and educators.<br><br>
I just ordered a copy of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Heaven on Earth</span>...it looks really good!<br><br>
For a basic understanding of Waldorf Education, I really like <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Understanding Waldorf Education</span> by Jack Petrash.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Toymaking with Children</span> is good for making your own natural toys.<br><br>
For a CD of Waldorf-y music for young children, I love Come Follow Me.
 

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My daughter loves the Gerber book (Self-Confident Baby) and her kids are thriving at 7 1/2 and almost 4, so I think maybe it works, too!<br><br>
I was acquainted with the author of Beyond the Rainbow Bridge when I lived in Chicago. Neat lady. She had a small nursery school in a room in her house. Very peaceful space, very nurturing atmosphere. She made it homelike.
 

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just what I've been dreaming of....<br><br><a href="http://www.waldorfresources.org/reviews/" target="_blank">http://www.waldorfresources.org/reviews/</a><br><br>
LOTS of Waldorf book are reviewed on this site. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
And I've ordered several that were recommended on this thread...so thank you all!
 
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