A fun and creative way to increase general well-being, improve concentration and self-awareness, and encourage relaxation in children aged 3-11, this book offers a hands-on guide to story massage. Central to the book are step-by-step, illustrated instructions for ten easy-to-learn basic strokes which are given through clothes on the back, head, shoulders and arms. These basic strokes have then been used to create over 25 story massages which vary in length and complexity. The stories range from traditional tales such as 'Humpty Dumpty' to hands-on learning stories such as 'Deep in the Rainforest.' The massages can be carried out by adults in one-to-one or group sessions, or taught to children to practice on each other. An enjoyable and interactive way of sharing the benefits and safe and appropriate use of positive touch with all children, this book will be of interest to parents and carers, bodyworkers, teachers and other school staff, care workers and arts therapists.
Practice safe and positive touch, promote relaxation and boost self-esteem with children aged 3-11 using story massage. This complete manual provides everything you need to get started. It includes instruction on ten basic strokes and over 25 story massages on a range of topics, from traditional tales to hands-on learning stories.
Story massage is a fun way of introducing nurturing touch through storytelling and simple massage strokes. Once upon a touch… story massage for children has instructions with video clips demonstrating ten strokes that form the basis of this collection of story massages. It is an excellent resource for teachers, parents and health professionals.
Explores classical and modern fairy tales to argue that fairy tales are a mirror of human understanding and culture.
Massage, acupressure and reflexology routines for children aged 4-12. Research has shown that short, simple routines of massage practiced on children can help reduce stress and tiredness, increase alertness and concentration, and help combat a wide range of ailments, including breathing problems, coughs and colds, and myriad aches and pains. Expert massage practitioner Mary Atkinson gives a thorough overview of this increasingly popular practice. Featuring user-friendly treatment sequences and practical advice on dealing with emotional issues such as stress and anxiety, this book will show you how you can make loving and caring touch part of your child's daily routine.
Fifteen brand new fairytale twists from bestselling and award-winning authors. With inspirations ranging from The Ugly Duckling to Snow White, and everything in between (including trips to Camelot and Oz), these fabulous tales are full of adventure, magic, and a touch of romance. WEST OF THE MOON by Annie Bellet When her twin brother sacrifices his freedom to save their starving family, Lina embarks on a quest through a magical forest to save him and restore their fortunes. A BELL IN THE NIGHT by Evelyn Snow For Stevie Silver, waking the beautiful boy in the glass box is only the beginning, as her mysterious past catches up with her. MISTRESS BOOTSI by Anthea Sharp A girl sets out to seek her fortune - and luckily, she has a clever cat for a companion… WHITE ROSE by Phaedra Weldon Jack Frost must find his true love and save her from the Snow Queen’s icy shards before he loses her - and his chance at humanity - forever. THE GOBLIN AND THE TREASURE by Alethea Kontis Out-of-work soldier Kira Kobold is handpicked by the High Wizard Zelwynn to go on a quest. Her companions? A growly ogress, a surly dwarf, a dimwitted troll, and an overly optimistic goblin. This wasn’t exactly the quest she was looking for… THE RUINS OF OZ by Alexia Purdy The Land of Oz was the last place Thea thought she’d find herself after falling through her mother’s enchanted mirror. If the stories she’s been told are real, why is the Emerald City in ruins? A TOUCH OF GOLD by Rachel Morgan When Tilly helps two strangers escape from danger, she becomes part of their quest to keep a powerful magical ability out of the wrong hands ... MAGIC AND MACHINERY by Jamie Ferguson Maude works with machinery, not magic. Can she find a way to escape the magician’s grasp and free her beloved brother? BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN by Nikki Jefford In a brave new world, three wizards journey through wild shifter territories to find somewhere to begin anew. BANE AND BALM by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson When the stream providing healing water to Claire’s sick aunt dries up, she must venture into the dreaded Dorcha Forest, where she discovers a stranger willing to risk his freedom in order to help her on her quest. CAT WHITE by Kay McSpadden He thought he was following the music, but a white cat led him to realize life held more adventure than he’d guessed. KING ARTHUR AND THE CHALICE OF LIFE by Julia Crane Camelot may be at peace, but betrayal and death lurk within the mists surrounding it. FEAR OF FALLING by Shawntelle Madison Cast from her griffin’s nest, Ireti is forced into the cruel world of the ground-walkers below. Before she can fly, Ireti must find the strength to walk, and the key to acceptance lies in an undiscovered place—between two worlds. THE MERROW’S GOLDEN RING by Sara C. Roethle Ailios was taught to never believe a promise from one of the Faie, but that doesn’t stop her from doing it anyway. TAKE MY MONSTERS by C. Gockel In the wilds of the barbarian north, Roman slave Margusa meets a warrior enchanted and enslaved by an Elf Queen. To set him free, Margusa must first confront the monsters within herself... KEYWORDS: Fairy tale retellings, Arthurian fantasy, Snow White, Celtic myths and legends, magic, urban fantasy, The Snow Queen, Puss in Boots, bestselling authors, fantasy anthology, twisted fairytales
A Retelling of "The Snow Queen" Free-spirited Grace and serious Kai are the best of friends. They grew up together listening to magical tales spun by Kai's grandmother and sharing in each other's secrets. But when they turn sixteen and Kai declares his love for Grace, everything changes. Grace yearns for freedom and slowly begins to push Kai -- and their friendship -- away. Dejected Kai dreams of a dazzling Snow Queen, who entices him to leave home and wander to faraway lands. When Grace discovers Kai is gone, she learns how much she has lost and sets out on a mystical journey to find Kai...and discover herself.
When the words great homily come to mind, the name Bill Bausch inevitably pops up. Here he offers 100 new homilies, reflecting the liturgical year, holy days and holidays, and saying farewell to loved ones. All are shaped and finessed with stories. As Bausch himself says, We never exhaust the meaning of a good story. Truth wrapped in story is irresistibleand thats why I use stories. These homilies are irresistible as well!
“A demonstration of outstanding skills on the river of American literature.” —Entertainment Weekly "Bonnie Jo Campbell has built her new novel like a modern-day craftsman from the old timbers of our national myths about loners living off the land, rugged tales as perilous as they are alluring. Without sacrificing any of its originality, this story comes bearing the saw marks of classic American literature, the rough-hewn sister of The Leatherstocking Tales, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Walden.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post
This is an enhanced ebook with a read-along function. Theo is brokenhearted when he accidentally lets go of the string of his party balloon. As he watches it float out of sight, Theo wonders where his balloon might have gone. Luckily, his older brother Zeke knows everything about everything. Zeke explains that it is a little-known fact that all lost balloons end up in Chicago, the Windy City. Then he tells Theo about Frank, who is responsible for collecting all the balloons in the world. Theo is so touched by Frank's story that he decides to send him a message of hope the only way he knows how. A unique story filled with the magic and whimsy of childhood imagination, Once Upon a Balloon will delight young readers and reawaken the child in all of us.
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A teacher, a scholar, a philosopher, and an eyewitness to history, Sari Nusseibeh is one of our most urgent and articulate authorities on the conflict in the Middle East. From his time teaching side by side with Israelis at the Hebrew University through his appointment by Yasir Arafat to administer the Arab Jerusalem, he has held fast to the principles of freedom and equality for all, and his story dramatizes the consequences of war, partition, and terrorism as few other books have done. This autobiography brings rare depth and compassion to the story of his country.
In The Hunt for Cinderella series finale by USA TODAY bestselling author Allison Leigh, a surprise pregnancy takes things to the next level… Shea Weatherby doesn't believe in fairy-tale endings, especially after watching her mother have so many of them with so many different husbands! So when Shea's Prince Charming comes along, she's skeptical. When she gets pregnant after a one-night stand with said Prince Charming, she panics. Paxton Merrick made millions crafting custom yachts for Seattle's berwealthy. But now, with Shea, his very own ship has come in. If his futile efforts to get her to be his Valentine are any indication, there are stormy seas ahead. But he'll do anything to get Shea to the altar when he finds out he's going to be a father!
Mouse finds a new house and calls upon her woodland friends to help her to make it a cosy home, but will it be ready in time for winter? Combining reflexology with delightfully engaging rhymes and illustrations, this book features easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions for giving basic reflexology to a child during a bedtime (or anytime) story. This unique book, written by a specialist maternity reflexologist, uses this non-invasive complementary therapy to help strengthen the bonding process between parent (or carer) and child and offers a gentle remedy for problems such as sleep difficulties, anxiety and mild pain. No prior reflexology knowledge is required.
Fourteen year old Caitlin Flectcher's life takes a turn for the worse when she's tricked into climbing down a "rabbit hole," landing in a wondrous fairy tale universe - except it's crawling with savage, starving blood-eyed zombies. All the timeless fairy tale characters who once lived forever are now the living dead - think Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. Even worse, they're famished. Definitely not the ideal situation for a vulnerable young girl proned to panic attacks.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents four enchanting tales of castles, spells, and happily-ever-afters... In Nora Roberts's "Spellbound," a bewitchingly beautiful lady casts a thousand-year love spell on the man of her dreams—and unleashes a nightmare that only true love can conquer. In Jill Gregory's "Castle Doom," a Gypsy's prophecy spells love when an unlikely pair join to fight the ultimate evil—and find themselves in their own battle of hearts. In Ruth Ryan Langan's "Falcon's Lair," a young American travels to England to free her father's friend from a fatal curse—and discovers a helping hand from a charming, handsome spirit. In Marianne Willman's "Dragonspell," a brave young princess sets out to save her kingdom with the help of a meddling sorceress—and wins the heart of a dashing warrior along the way. From the Paperback edition.
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a “phenomenal, indispensable” (USA Today) exploration of the Latina “sweet fifteen” celebration, by the bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of Butterflies The quinceañera, a celebration of a Latina girl’s fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as costly as a prom or a wedding. But many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girl’s entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families. Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the “quince” in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood.
A wonderful collection of fun rhymes and easy to learn massage routines, all beautifully illustrated to bring calm, relaxation and a positive tactile experience for parent and child. Routines can be carried out in a seated position working over clothes, to involve massage of the back, shoulders, arms and head only. Alternatively, if offered as part of a bedtime routine, or to a disabled child who cannot sit unaided, or to soothe at times of poor health, the routines can also be performed in a laying down position with or without the use of oil/cream. Suitable for all children over 18 months of age. As Story Massage has also proven to be beneficial to children with life-limiting illnesses, an agreed percentage of the proceeds of each sale of this book is to be donated to Chestnut Tree House, a children's hospice based in Sussex, UK.
A Newbery Honor Book Tomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own, including eating chocolate with his Nana Upstairs, only to find out--the hard way--that they have eaten chocolate laxative. He tries to skip kindergarten when he finds out he won't learn to read until first grade. "I'll be back next year," he says. When Tomie goes to see Snow White, he creates another sensation. Tomie dePaola's childhood memories are hilarious, and his charming illustrations are sure to please. "A thoroughly entertaining and charming story."—School Library Journal "DePaola successfully evokes the voice of a precocious, inquisitive five-year-old everyone would want to befriend. Charming black-and-white illustrations animate the scenes and add a period flare, including a photo album-like assemblage of the characters' portraits at the book's start."—Publishers weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.
Living in his twin brother's too perfect shadow, Evander Galanis has struggled to prove himself a worthy heir to the throne. It seems the only thing he excels at is disappointing his father. Impulsive, spoiled, and surrounded by an air of entitlement, he doesn't yet understand what it means to be king. When he is left in charge one day in his father's absence, he has the opportunity to prove his worth, but makes a grave mistake that costs him everything. Disgraced and stripped of his title, he flees the castle in a rush of anger. Deep in the forest, alone and unwanted, lives a mysterious forestling, Mathias. Mathias isn't like others. With the ability to foresee people's death, he believes himself to be cursed. Feared and misunderstood by everyone, the only family Mathias has are his forest friends. Until, one day, a stranger wanders into his home and refuses to leave. Two worlds collide when the entitled Prince and the naive forest boy meet. Evander and Mathias are like night and day, but they can't fight the connection between them. When Mathias' visions shed blood on his family, Evander needs to decide if he will risk the man he's grown to love to save the Kingdom that cast him out, or leave them to their fate.
Between handling cadavers with bare hands, pestering female batch mates as an unknown caller, only to be caught red-handed and to be delivered tongue-lashings by seniors, and a hostel littered with human bones, Gaam, a first-year medical student who has never ventured out of northeastern India before, develops a crush for a north Indian girl; only to be thwarted in his efforts by his flirty room-mate. He meets the first love of his life – Sonam, an insecure, unpredictable Darjeeling girl – only to add to his confusion, leading to a break up, with no explanation from Sonam. Gaam's life is forever bombarded with confusing advice from a busy senior and a roommate on how to handle girls. Will Sonam ever disclose the reason for the break up? Will Gaam ever learn how to handle women? Irreverent and humorous, Once Upon a Time in College is replete with Gaam and his friends’ stupid, unforeseen misadventures.

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