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A Wolf at the Door

edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Daltrow

The currently featured book is: A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales. Like Golden Age children's anthologies, this book for eight to 12 year olds contains both stories and poems on a fairytale theme. Unlike the Golden Age anthologies, illustrations are not its focus. It is, I think, the perfect book for self-reflection on what sort of person one is and wishes to be -- before the cataclysm of adolescences arrives. And the underlying lesson of compassion is a welcome revisit at any age.

Why? This book makes me think of James Hillman's books for adults, The Soul's Code and The Force of Character. This books honors the supporting actors in Life's Story. Or does it shift the reader's orientation away from the only important person ("Me! The Star of the Show") to consider the more complex and feeling side of characters who have only been defined two-dimensionally (in life and literature)? What happens to the Wolf? Suppose Cinderella wasn't a perfect size 3? And how about those cast-off dwarves?

An excerpt from an included poem by Neil Gaiman, Instructions:

Remember your name.
Do not lose hope - what you seek will be found.
Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped
to help you in their turn.
Trust dreams.
Trust your heart, and trust your story.

Earlier Recommendations

Coloring Fairies

Coloring Fairies: Featuring the artwork of celebrated illustrator Niroot Puttapipat (PicturaTM)

Why? I was delighted to find this coloring book on Amazon. Niroot Puttapipat is by far my favorite living illustrator. His work comes to life for me and he always makes me smile. I have bought several books illustrated by Niroot at The Folio Society. One even sits on my fireplace mantel because the cover itself is so beautiful. Alas, these are collector's editions all, not only the limited editions, books that you sit beside your grandmother as you read them together, not books up close and personal. This is a low-cost coloring book, done in Niroot's trademark Golden Age style, warm and full of heart. It is a coloring book that teaches "seeing", as details and creatures appear as the lines are colored in. Amazon offers it as part of a set with Coloring Dragons and Coloring Medieval Times.

Reviewing this gives me an opportunity to post some of Niroot's illustrations.

You can find more of his illustrations at his wordpress blog, Himmapaan and on my Niroot Puttapipat board.

Fairies drawing by Niroot Puttapipat BBC Music Finale by Niroot Puttapipat Fox and Bird by Niroot Puttapipat Mother Goat by Niroot Puttapipat Illustration to the Rubaiyat by Niroot Puttapipat Illustration to the Rubaiyat by Niroot Puttapipat White Rabbit Illustration by Niroot Puttapipat Manjun the Mongoose drawing by Niroot Puttapipat Twelve Dancing Princesses by Niroot Puttapipat Illustration to Baba Yaga by Niroot Puttapipat Illustration to Baba Yaga by Niroot Puttapipat Crane and Snakes illustration by Niroot Puttapipat Illustration to the Red Fairy book by Niroot Puttapipat Three-Headed Dragon by Niroot Puttapipat