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Wise Child Learning has commented on (3) products.

Wise Child by Monica Furlong
Wise Child

Wise Child Learning, November 23, 2012

There's a reason my moniker is what it is. It contains just about everything I love in the realm of learning and interweaves it with a deep love of our wisdom-filled world, and the magic that results when we know ourselves to be a part of this vibrant and beautiful nature. In this tale, a girl called Wise Child is mentored by the herbalist and wisewoman healer, Juniper, in the arts and studies that lead one to become a “doran” -- one who senses the pattern at the heart of all things, and who is dedicated to loving and protecting it.

“She has taught me Latin and English, and other languages, mathematics and astronomy, poetry and singing, playing the harp and herbal lore … [so that I may become] someone who loves all the creatures of the world and cannot bear to do them any harm …”
~ Wise Child speaking of her learning in the book Wise Child by Monica Furlong

Wise Child is an engaging character, who is clear about what she doesn't like. Juniper is a nourishing, astonishing woman, filled with compassion and quiet strength, offering beautiful inspiration for tending the magic of the home, seeing the beauty in others, and in offering healing ways.

{slight spoiler} The book is presented as being for Ages 12 and up, and that may be because of Wise Child's mother, a dark sorceress and the witch trial near the end, but I have read it (again and again) to my kids starting when they were years younger. My feeling is that Age 9 and Up is more accurate. The 'dark' elements are very quiet in comparison to many works of magical fiction for kids today (probably not even on the same radar screen!), but if you have a child who is sensitive to such things, you might want to browse the story first.
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Three Hundred and Sixty Five Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year by Chet Raymo
Three Hundred and Sixty Five Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year

Wise Child Learning, November 23, 2012

We love this book. I personally have used this book with my family, with children in learning programs, and for myself for years. In these pages one experiences the shifting seasons through the night skies, learning everything from folklore, to some very detailed aspects of astronomy. It is easy to enter this text wherever you are in your interest and knowledge of stars, whether you are a parent wanting to share the magic of stars with children, or an older child or adult fascinated by our magnificent universe, visible to us here on earth. All of us, young and old, are fascinated by diagrams comparing the sizes of distant objects with our own sun, and their physical relationship to us (distances), which is not how they appear when we look at the night sky. And who hasn't been mystified by the people and animals ancient peoples have seen in the sky! May this book inspire you and your children to envision your own tales, or consider exploring native lore about the constellations, as well as to just hang out under the stars on a clear night!
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A Year in Brambly Hedge. by Jill Barklem by Jill Barklem
A Year in Brambly Hedge. by Jill Barklem

Wise Child Learning, November 23, 2012

Charming artwork and sweet stories that depict English country life of a community of mice. These mice have gentle adventures, seasonal celebrations, and create delicious, nourishing foods along the way. Children (and adults!) love the illustrations of the mouse homes and palace that exist within trees and in the hedges. So much detail and beauty in these pages!
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