By Michael J. Caduto. Illustrated by Odelia Liphshiz.
GreenHeart Books, December 2017.
Hardcover, 160 pages, full color, 8 ˝ x 8 ˝. Features 17 expressive story illustrations and 20 stunning photographs of nature in the Middle East
Traditional stories, with a twist of humor, take children on a journey
borne on the wings of their imaginations, revealing knowledge and wisdom
to help them care for Earth and live in harmony.
Recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, in recognition of the transformative properties of storytelling on individuals and communities.
Life is a journey. Who dares to enter The Garden of Wisdom to be tested? Who likes to laugh, and enjoys a great story? These tales, gathered from the keepers of traditional folklore throughout the Middle East, convey life lessons that have been handed down through the generations: from protecting endangered species, habitats, and water quality to learning about healing plants and the virtues of truth, justice, and generosity. Time-honored wisdom shows children how to live in kinship with Earth and humankind while celebrating the wonder and beauty of nature.
• Stories are arranged by themes: Animals, Plants, Friendship, Stewardship, and Wisdom.
• Exclusive sections for parents and teachers reveal the sources of the stories, suggest lessons to teach from each story, and share the journey behind this unique book.
• Includes a first-hand account of nature and environmental issues in the Middle East.
““Featuring mideastern parables with a touch of Aesop about them, Michael Caduto’s Garden if Wisdom rewards the reader over and over.”—Gregory Maguire, best-selling author of Wicked, Mirror Mirror, Leaping Beauty, and After Alice.
“Each story is told from the perspective of a unique culture of the Middle East, and yet tugs at familiar strings we all remember from stories told to us as children, reminding us that the earth and humanity’s story are to be cherished and celebrated.” —Magda Nassef (Cairo, Egypt), Consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme
“The Garden of Wisdom is a beautiful way to enter the cultures of the Middle East through local folk stories, wonderful illustrations, and gorgeous photos. I will share this book widely to help promote mutual respect and understanding in the world. The Garden of Wisdom will make a perfect gift for every child and 'child at heart' in your life!” — Sharón Benheim, Coordinator, Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies, Ben Gurion University (Beersheba, Israel)
“These stories, paired with the warm illustrations by Odelia Liphshiz, celebrate a shared natural and cultural heritage that bridges communities across borders, cultures, and politics. Our greatest hope for peace and environmental protection may rest with the next generation leaders, the young stewards of this earth.” —Elizabeth Alling, President & CEO, Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment
MICHAEL J. CADUTO’s many popular books cover natural history, folklore, environmental education, climate change education, and Earth stewardship. He travels around the world as a master performer of stories and original music. His awards include the Aesop Prize, Teacher’s Choice Award, Storytelling World Award, and NAPPA Gold Award.www.p-e-a-c-e.net
ODELIA LIPHSHIZis an accomplished illustrator and artist based in Israel. She creates worlds of fantasy and wonder for children, and for everyone who is a child at heart. Odelia has illustrated children’s books for A.A Milne, Nurit Zarchi, and more. Says Odelia, “I am a peace seeker, dreamer, and a great believer.” More of her works can be found at: www.Odelialeaf.com
Purchasing this book will help to support translations into Arabic & Hebrew, and to provide copies for organizations that teach children about nature, Earth stewardship, and peaceful coexistence.