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GIVEAWAY! It's coming up to Easter and I am giving away 3 signed copies of Eggs for the Hunting (or The Starry Bird if you prefer). Like my post on Facebook and your name is in the hat. Drawing on the 3rd April. USA and Canada only. Pls share - good luck!
David Kennedy of Waldorf Today is putting the definitive Waldorf Book of Songs together. Give him a hand (as in clapping) and then the other hand (as in giving)! Great initiative! Tiptoes Lightly approves entirely!
You can support him (and receive a book in exchange) on Indigogo.
I am posting chapters (more or less weekly) on the Stories and Tales page from my next book, Kimber's Pig. The story 'seed' comes from a friend of mine (the real Kimber) who did indeed have a pig living in her bedroom. Suitable for grade 2 to 6, I'd say. Enjoy!
For those who thought the story of Pumpkin Crow in The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly was too silly to be true (he got his head stuck in a pumpkin) have a look at this young lady with her head stuck in a pumpkin - too funny!
Regarding the article in the Guardian revealing the monitoriing of our emails by Yahoo Corp. Their address is CorporateSecretary@yahoo-inc.com if you'd like to do the same.
Dear Sir / Madam,
I read with interest the article in the Guardian stating that Yahoo handed over my private emails to the US Government. Please let me know which part of what emails you have done this with from my email accounts. I know I don't have anything to hide, but I write fiction and neither corporations nor governments have a reputable track record of discerning reality from fiction. I feel I need to be informed ahead of time exactly what you have shared of my correspondence without my consent.
CC - my Facebook page and author's website.
Here's an article by my daughter which appeared in Parent Co. that is garnering a lot of interest - for young mothers especially.
Dany Rosevear, a retired teacher in England, has put the words of the joint poem, When Mary goes Walking to music. You can listen to it here on YouTube. You can get the chords and further info on her website SingingGamesforChildren.com Thanks, Dany!
Susan Forrester just finished reading The Alphabet and by the end of the book her daughter was reading by herself. So they made an XYZ Celebration Cake, just like the one in the book. Yea! Looks yummy!
My daughter, also a writer, has one of her blogs posted on Huffington Post: An open letter to my Son about mass Violence - this following the events in Orlando.
An article well worth reading: Homework is wrecking our Kids
Some lovely Tiptoes' dolls by Rita Zdaneviciute. She has made a few for sale (with permission, of course) and you can purchase them here on Etsy.
The Seven Saws of Speedy Weedy and Mosey Dawdle: and other tales of wisdom and nonsense
A collection of stories both short and long(er). Inside you'll find nature stories, fables, mystery tales, wonder tales, fairy tales, humorous tales and of course the seven saws of Speedy Weedy Hare and his unbeatable nemesis, Mosey Dawdle the Tortoise.
Suitable for children from late kindergarten through grade four.
Illustrated by the author-artist, 6x9, soft cover, 120 pages. $14.95 Purchase book
Midwest Book Review: "The Seven Saws of Speedy Weedy and Mosey Dawdle by Reg Down is an impressive and unfailingly entertaining collection of 26 stories ... Perfect for family bedtime story hours or rainy day family entertainment … very highly recommended for family, school, and community library collections." This review was a top pick "Reviewer's Choice".
The Alphabet: how Pine Cone and Pepper Pot (with the help of Tiptoes Lightly and Farmer John) learned Tom Nutcracker and June Berry their letters.
Summer is almost over and Tom Nutcracker is soon to go to school. But deep in the forest on his father’s farm two gnomes called Pine Cone and Pepper Pot are worried. What if the school does not teach Tom his letters properly? What if the teacher messes the alphabet up? Then Tom might spell the Pine Cone as NEPI NOEC, or Pepper Pot as PREPREP TOP. He might even spell the famous Tiptoes Lightly as TOESPIT THIGLLY. That would be a disaster. A huge disaster! So the two gnomes, with the help of Tiptoes Lightly and Farmer John, set out to teach Tom his letters. Tom’s younger sister, June Berry, insists on being taught too, and never will they, or anyone else who reads this tale, forget their ABC’s – or their LMNOP’s or QRST’s either.
Whether your child knows their alphabet or not Pine Cone and Pepper Pot guarantee that they will see the letters and their shapes with new and creative eyes. The Alphabet is filled with stories, songs, pictures, plays and adventures silly and bold.
The Alphabet is a large format, full color book, suitable for children from late kindergarten to grade three – and for teachers and homeschoolers seeking to enrich the art of learning to write. 8.5 x 11 format, 90 pages, $24.95 Purchase book
PS - the humorous use of the word 'learned' instead of 'taught' in the subtitle, while colloquial, is correct. It dates from circa 1300 and extends into our times. I am in the luminous company of Shakespeare, Disraeli, Wodehouse et al. in its use. See this PDF of the Oxford English Dictionary definition. :)
Midwest Book Review: "The Alphabet is very highly recommended and is as subtly educational as it is sheer fun!"
Waldorf Today Review: "If Waldorf Today awarded a Children's Book of the Year, The Alphabet would be the hands-down choice for 2015!"
Amazon Reviews: "Great story with beautiful illustrations. A must-have for your personal library." / "Captivating story. One of my favorite Waldorf homeschool tools to date."
King Red and the white Snow
King Red is a red king, everything is red, his cape, his crown, even his little finger. One winter’s day it snows. The snow is the whitest King Red has ever seen and he just has to go a-walking. So begins the first of six tales centered on the wonderful world of color, a world children experience as vivid and full of life. Inside you’ll find The Rosy Princess and the yellow Elf, The orange Gnome from Spain, the melancholic Boohoo Blue and more. Come visit!
Suitable for kindergarten through grade 3. Illustrated in watercolor. 44 pages. 8x10 format. $11.95 Purchase book.
PS - the book has a winter cover but it's not a book for winter. :)
“Beautifully illustrated in watercolor, King Red and the white Snow by author/illustrator Reg Down, is eminently suitable and highly recommended for children. Certain to be enduringly popular … King Red and the white Snow is an ideal bedtime picture book for families.” Midwest Book Review
For those of you who thought that the chapter in The Adventures of Jayne about Jayne flying in airplanes was just a wild story - NOT TRUE! See this news clip about Jayne's cousin: Cat takes accidental ride on Airplane!
2/2015: Here's a drawing of Her Ladyship, Tiptoes Lightly, by Audrey, daughter of Ruth Scott, one of the managers of a store that carries Tiptoes' tales. Thank you, Audrey!
A drawing of Tiptoes Lightly by Mala in Nevada City - thanks, Mala!
1/2015: Here's a sweet blog called Apple Shoe. Mercy Fritz made a set of Tiptoes Lightly characters as part of a nature table project for her child and her daycare. Shown here is summer and you can see the rest of the seasons in the album page. Way to go, Mercy! Thank you.
The Nine Lives of Pinrut the Turnip Boy.
This book began as a lark but kept on growing - especially when teachers and parents contacted me and said their kids loved this slightly zany, fast-paced tale. His fans have been of mixed ages, too: grade 3, 4, 5, 6 - also the kids in a grade 8 were highly amused by him and inspired to write similar tales of their own as part of their writing block.
"With The Nine Lives of Pinrut the Turnip Boy author Reg Down again demonstrates a lively imagination combined with superbly crafted storytelling skills that will engage and entertain young readers ranging from grade 3 to grade 6. Very highly recommended for school and community library collection ... " The Midwest Book Review
First Amazon review: "Lovely book! My 6 yr old loves this book and hasn't put it down since she received it as a gift! She is an advanced reader (1st grader reading at a 3rd grade level) and it can be hard to find books that are age appropriate but advanced enough to challenge her and keep her interested in reading. She loves all of Reg Down's books and this is no exception. Great story that is entertaining to children and adults!"
And here is the actual and very real teacher, Chris Connell, and some of his happy students who star in the fourth life of Pinrut the Turnip Boy. They teach at and attend Greentree School in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Needless to say, we can see that he is not the villainous, pedantic and turnip-hating pedagogue who appears in the book. His students, however, do look fun-loving and slightly mischievous to me! :)
The photo comes from an article that appeared in The Drumheller Mail. You can read it here.
Photo credit: Patrick Kolafa, Drumheller Mail
Here's a neat blog-post from Brenna Rothschild. She took the story of St. Martin's Light from The Festival of Stones and turned it into a puppet show. You can see more photos posted in the album page. Check out her show and how she weaves puppetry and all things artistic into her family life. Thanks, Brenna!
Here's a beautiful watercolor painting of Tiptoes Lightly and Company by artist Michelle Hunt. It was commissioned by Laura Wiesmann Hrubes as a present for her son—he’s a Tiptoes fan. You can view Michelle’s work here and here. Thanks, Michelle and Laura!
ART PRINTS AVAILABLE!
I have decided to carry this painting as an art print. They are 9 x 12 (the size of the original) plus a 1 inch border to allow for framing or pinning on the wall. Printed on bright white cotton 220 gm archival paper. Price $29.95 + $6.95 shipping.
Contact me here if interested.
Here's a sweet drawing I received from Jaden in Florida. It shows Tiptoes, Pine Cone, Pepper Pot and Jeremy Mouse. Thanks, Jaden :)
Here's a sweet blog, We Bloom Here, about making Tiptoes Lightly and Jeremy Mouse peg dolls. Enjoy!
Pinrut the Turnip Boy visits Greentree Elementary School in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada!
Nov. 2013: Mirka Marlow's daughter and hubby all dressed up for their Halloween celebrations as Jeremy Mouse and Farmer John. Lovely! :)
Photo credit: Lezlie Sterling firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours truly at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. They had a number of performers in various rooms and the children visited each one. It was part of their Halloween celebrations.
October 15, 2013: Hurray! The landscape wall I built with grade 3 (now grade 4) at Camellia Waldorf School in sunny Sacramento, California, is completed. Here we are at the grand opening today. Now onto the next project.
Here's a Greenleaf and Tiptoes Lightly leaf boat sailing on the water by the children of Jules from A Little Crafty Nest up in BC, Canada. Perfect! :) See her beautiful summer blog here.
June: TIPTOES LIGHTLY gets a great review in All Parenting: "I could write a novel on how much I love this book. Actually, anything by Reg Down will knock your socks off. Tiptoes is a fairy. She has two gnome friends called “Pine Cone” and “Pepper Pot.” They go on simple adventures in acorn shells, to help bee “find his buzz” (for example). My children, ranging in ages from 2 to 11, cannot get enough of these books. We read them again and again and again. They sit riveted. They crack up laughing. They talk about these characters through the day. These books spark imagination: Real, living imagination. The illustrations, characters and plots are simple, endearing and creative. I can't recommend them enough, and these books will stay on my shelves forever, for my grandkids and hopefully beyond." Janelle Hanchett All Parenting
Here are a couple of shots of Willow Osborn's needle felting work. Her daughter is holding a two Tiptoes Lightly - I never knew she had a twin!
December 2012: Here are a couple of shots from the Christmas puppet show, The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy, performed at Rudolf Steiner College on Dec 8, 2012. Thank you everyone who came - we had three shows and lovely audiences at each of them. :) (Lower two shots by Sara Wilson - thanks Sara!)
Dec 2012: And here's a shot from The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy show at the Spiritual Life Center of Sacramento. (Photo: Paula Mandella - who also initiated the show.) By the end of the tale the little kids at the front were leaning on the stage! A very interactive and warm audience. Thank you!
Waldorf in the Home: Resources for Nourishing Family Life has posted an overview of my books. Thanks guys! Check out their website for useful blogs, notices on upcoming conferences, books, homeshooling, and more.
I have posted a new album of the work of Jennifer at Ancient Hearth. She made them three years ago and I contacted her back then but never saw the reply! Nevertheless, the needle-felted and sewn Tiptoes, Pine Cone and Pepper Pot are beautiful, as you will see. Thanks, Jennifer
Rahima Baldwin Dancy has just put out the third edition of You Are Your Child's First Teacher. This definitely-on-its-way-to-classichood book is a must for parents of young children. It has been updated and expanded, so mosey on over and buy it - you won't have any regrets.
Way to go Rahima!
“This is a terrific book, packed with commonsense advice on the real basics of healthy mental and emotional development. Rahima is a wise and knowledgeable guide for parents struggling to raise good kids in a challenging world. Someday your children will thank you for reading this book!”
—Jane M. Healy, PhD, author of Different Learners and Your Child’s Growing Mind
“Here is an extraordinary work for those who want to develop a truly intelligent child and, in the process, unlock new levels of their own intelligence and spirit.”
—Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Magical Child
You should also check out her website: Waldorf in the Home
Sept 2012: Becca Thornton of Chocolate Eyes blog has posted a lovely piece on The Magic Knot - plus her artistic rendering of Tiptoes' acorn house. Drop on over and see what her blog is about - it's nicely done. Thanks, Becca!
Sept 2012: Tiptoes Lightly made a visit to the Decatur Book Festival at the booth of The Waldorf School of Atlanta. She sold up a storm and reports that a lovely time was had by all! Thanks to Rhonda Wildman and Stacey Alson for initiating and arranging. Now that the fun is over they are back at school and working up some elbow grease.
August 18th: Life as a Schoolhouse blog has posted an interview with moi and is doing a book giveaway. Mosey on over, see what's what and enter to win a kid's book of your choice - the winner will be chosen on August 26th.
PS - if you're a homeschooler this blog is nicely done and well worth adding to your favorites list.
August 2012: Greetings to a new vendor, the online store PALUMBA and its brick and mortar store CAMDEN ROSE, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are longtime vendors of many beautiful, natural and child-appropriate toys, dolls, books and baby items. Drop on by if you're in their neck of the woods or visit their online store and see what they offer. Welcome!
July 2012: Sarah's Silks has made a Tiptoes Lightly dress! Yea!
Go check out her site - there are many wonderful items that she carries which are child-appropriate and beautiful. Thanks, Sarah!
Also a review has appeared in Lilipoh magazine in their summer issue (review not listed on their website). Thank you, Lilipoh!
"The Fetching of Spring is a story for everyone to read and reread, and to be inspired to continue one's own journey in seach of the silenced Golden Bird"
June 2012: Julie Hunter put on a Tiptoes puppet show for her daughter's 7th birthday and posted it on her blog, This Cozy Life. There are some wonderful shots to be seen. I have created an album but go check out her blog for all the details.
PS - if you want to see a truly mouthwatering, delicious, eye-catching feast of a cake, you just gotta see the one she made!
May 2012: Ginger and Pickles has posted an author interview (of moi) on their blog. Ginger and Pickles has been a noted, high quality children's store in Boulder, Colorado for years. Mary, the owner, is now adding an online extension of the business, so if you have children go check out what they are about - I'm sure you'll find items of interest, beauty and use. Thanks, Mary!
May 2012: I've posted a small album of the Lucy Goose puppet show at Rudolf Steiner College. It was perfect weather and the music room was filled and the children were smiling. Thank you all for coming and thank you to Osiris for initiating and hosting the event. The photos are by Shani Young - thanks Shani.
April: I've posted an album of a Lucy Goose and the Half-egg puppet show at Live Oak Waldorf School on 28 April. A lovely time was had by all! It really was a most pleasant event at perhaps the most beautiful and child appropriate campus in the USA (me thinks) :)
Most of the photographs are by Jennifer Kovach - thank you!
As you can see, Pine Cone and Pepper Pot came disguised as two grown-up human beings pretending to be Pine Cone and Pepper Pot (how devious is that!!!). One of them even went so far as pretending to be a woman! They almost had us fooled but you can tell by their cheeky looks that they are really gnomes.
April 2012: Sara of Love in the Suburbs did a neat wooden Easter egg painting with Tiptoes and the Great Oak Tree. Go check out what she's been up to!
News break, October 2011: Jeremy Mouse at Occupy Wall Street!
We have an album of reader's art, craft and costumes connected to Tiptoes and Crew. If you have any items please take a photo and send to me - thanks!
"Beauty will save the world." Dostoevsky
"Yes!" Reg Down