Just wondering if anyone had read any of these books. I saw them at FAO Schwartz and the covers look really cool but then when I read the website their vision for the books made me skeptical. We are gonna try out some books at storytime there but I just wondered if you have thoughts on them.RicheleParticipant
I have a children’s book business and do storytelling and our family loves Barefoot Books. Since this is my own business, I have chosen to not distribute “My Daddy is a Pretzel” and the Yoga Pretzel/Planet due to my own convictions.
They have many lovely, living titles that we use in our home school. I chose Shakespeare’s Storybook as a gentler introduction to Shakespeare for Yr 1 and replaced Aesop’s Fables with Barefoot’s “Fables La Fontaine.” We will definitely include “Arthur of Albion” and there is a really wonderful title “Little Leap Forward” a semi-biographical story about a boy growing up in China during Mao Tse Tung’s cultural revolution told by Guo Yue, the world-reknowned Chinese flautist.
We also use “Stories from the Opera” in our music appreciation.
Stories from India features a folktale from each state in India and I have learned a lot from it. I think they could be used wisely for introducing cultures and missionary opportunities, prayer opportunities for different countries. Barefoot’s poetry books are first class and we use them for Poetry Friday.
I would never suggest bringing anything into your home that you are uncomfortable with. Maybe check some out at the library first. If you have questions about a specific title, I’m happy to give you a review.
Richele, thanks for the info. I think we are going to check out some story times at FAO. I went back this week and looked at some and the ones I saw looked really good. Thanks again
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