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Tiptoes Lightly wishes everyone a healthy and happy New Year 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.
Stories, Tales and Poems 2015
- January 13: Mosey Dawdle visits the Waters Mosey Dawdle the philosopher takes on the inner experience of water with respect to gravity. Grade 6 to adult. 1 page
- January 7: The Ant's Act ~ or ~ How Chickens can paralyse a great and powerful Country. A fable of sorts. Grade 2 to adult. 2 pages
- January 1: There's a Rhino in my Tea A Silly Willy nonsense tale. Grade 1 to 3 or 4. 1 page
Now available! 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.
See the Story List page for one for life.
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 :)
The German translation of The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly is now available. :)
See here for details.
Now available: ADAM'S ALPHABET
Adam and Sophia are twins. Sophia has wings and Adam doesn’t. One day their parents leave. “Don’t go into the forest,” they said, but Adam did - he gave his word and broke it. Now he is lost and alone, and his voice is gone. Sophia flies overhead and drops a piece of paper. It flutters into the forest. Except for a lock of hair the paper is blank. Immediately, adventures and experiences unfold for Adam, some common, some extraordinary, some unearthly and beautiful. Letters appear on the paper as Adam wakes up to his ‘alphabet’. Slowly, painfully, joyously Adam wins his word back.
Adam’s Alphabet is an alphabet tale unlike any written before. Multilayered and broad, it reads as a children’s book, but underneath run deeper waters that adults can also plumb for profit and pleasure if they take delight in the spoken word.
Adam’s Alphabet is suitable for children aged 7 to 12.
Paperback, 140 pages, 6 x 9 format, $16.50 Purchase book.
Midwest Book Review "Adam's Alphabet is the latest children's book by Reg Down and continues to document his impressive storytelling talents. Exceptionally entertaining and original, Adam's Alphabet is especially recommended to the attention of young readers ages 7 to 12, and would prove to be a popular addition to family, school and community library collections."
"A beautiful journey through the alphabet: My children and I really enjoyed this story of a boy who loses his family, and his voice, and has an adventure experiencing the essence of each letter of the alphabet as a message unfolds with the addition of each letter. This is not so much a beginner's intro to the letters, as a deepening of the experience of the letters, more for the over-7 child. Reg Down has such a gift for stories that seem simple on the surface, yet have layers of meaning waiting to be discovered." Amazon Review
The Adventures of Jayne: the cat who was a dog.
Jayne is a cat, raised as a dog. Found as a new-born she is brought up with a litter of puppies. Jayne does not turn out to be just any kind of dog, she is the top dog, the main-man dog, the king-of-the-castle dog. She holds her tail up straight when she walks and brooks no nonsense. When they go for a stroll everyone has to stay behind her: her brothers and sisters, her doggy-daddy and doggy-mommy, even the human she keeps as chief backscratcher and can opener. Jayne is a tough cookie—as tough as nails and as cool as cucumbers come—as she proves in (almost) all her adventures: with Big-Bad and Bengal Bob, flying and skydiving, as lifesaver extraordinaire and later as mayor of the great city of New Philawashingyork.
The Adventures of Jayne is a fun tale for family reading or for children to read themselves. Suitable for grade 1 to grade 5.
Paperback, 130 pages, 6 x 9 format, $15.95 Purchase book
"Fabulous book! My daughter loves it. We are reading it for at least the third time now. Reg Down books are our favorites!" Amazon Review
"Great kids book and entertaining for the adult reading as well. My son loved this book. The continuing theme was one more chapter, one more chapter every night at bedtime. The story line is clever and entertaining. I also enjoyed the adult social commentary subtly running through the story, especially the last third. The illustrations are beautiful. Reg Down's books have been part of our lives for about the past four years. We purchase each new book as soon as it is released." Amazon Review
"Hilarious reading for 6 and 8 year olds: My children loved having this book read by me. It started out as a book for my 6 year old, but my 8 year old could not resist coming and sitting in my lap as well. The book is really funny, with the kids both laughing frequently. The book is also extremely well written. The vocabulary in the book is fantastic and the story flows beautifully." Amazon Review
"... on a whim and want everyone to know how great these stories are. I read this book with my children this summer after buying the book on a whim and want everyone to know how great these stories are. We have enjoyed books by Reg Down many times, and this one has taken first place. Jayne is strong and flawed and funny and ridiculous. My 10 year old and 6 year old children love the book as does their 63 year old grandmother. Charming, charming tales." Amazon review
"What fun! My 6 and 8 year old were fully engaged as we journeyed with Jane. At the close of the book both of them asked, "So when does then next Jayne book come out?" Her adventures were imaginative, playful and exciting." Amazon Review
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!
December 2013: The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy gets a nice write up in this month's Waldorf Today newsletter. Yay!
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The Treasure Cave: sea tales of Tiptoes Lightly
Tiptoes Lightly loves the sea, and when Farmer John and his children, Tom Nutcracker and June Berry, drive to the seaside for Thanksgiving she goes along with them. Tom and June discover a freshly uncovered cave in bluffs that run along the shore. They call it their Treasure Cave just for fun, but then find seven beautiful pearls and a finely wrought golden chain buried in the sand. Tiptoes sets out to find the story behind the pearls, and soon a delicate web of tales begins to unfold. Stretching back to the creation of the world, they weave together until Tiptoes and the children are caught up in the ongoing drama between the Sea King and his lovely daughter.
This book is older in tone than the other Tiptoes Lightly books, and while it is intended for family reading, is more suited to grade 1 through grade 4 children.
172 pages, 6x9 format, $16.75 Purchase book
Reviews: "Reg Down has done it again in his unique style—magnificently imaginative and utterly entertaining. The Treasure Cave is a heart-warming gift to families to help find a new meaning in Thanksgiving through the wonder of Tiptoes Lightly. Five Stars!" David Kennedy, Waldorf Today
And a great review from Midwest Book Review: "A deftly crafted novel by an experienced and talented author and illustrator of books for children, "The Treasure Cave" continues the Tiptoes Lightly stories with its superbly drawn characters and thoroughly engaging storyline. Wonderfully entertaining, "The Treasure Cave" is especially recommended for young readers ages 6 through 10 and will make an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library children's fiction collections. Also very highly recommended for young readers are Reg Down's previous children's books: "Tales of Tiptoes Lightly", "Eggs for the Hunting", "The Lost Lagoon", "The Magic Knot ~ and other tangles!" and "The Midsummer Mouse."
"Delightful. Northern California was home for most of my life so I and my kids recognized landmarks and views. I could see my kid's imagination soar as Tiptoes interacted with nature and explored the sea." Amazon Review
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 email@example.com
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.
The Midsummer Mouse: midsummer tales of Tiptoes Lightly and the Summer Queen
A book of midsummer mirth, misadventure, mystery, and delight!
The sun is rising higher into the sky every day. Summer has come and Farmer John builds a great pile of wood for the Midsummer's Eve festival taking place on his land. Tom Nutcracker and June Berry's whole school is coming to celebrate. June Berry forgets a basket with a cookie inside by the oak tree when they are helping their dad build the wood pile. A small detail to us, perhaps, but one which leads Jeremy Mouse on a merry dance as Jemima Mouse tries to preserve the cookie for the festival. Meanwhile, Pine Cone and Pepper Pot are not opening their door to anyone other than Tiptoes (and even then only reluctantly). Their beards, it seems, are entangled. Hopelessly entangled. This sends Tiptoes all over the forest to find a way to get pine resin out of beards. Then there is the problem of Ompliant the Elephant. What are Tom and June to do with him? How will they keep him out of sight? But the clever kids come up with a wonderful idea to hide a pachyderm in plain sight. Finally, the Summer Queen begins to appear here and there, and in the end joins the festival and tells 'The Tale of Turana' before mysteriously vanishing before the crowd.
The Midsummer Mouse is a summer tale, full of midsummer mirth, misadventure, mystery and delight. It will bring sparkles to children's eyes, and laughter to adults, too. Suitable, as always with Tiptoes Lightly tales, for family reading from kindergarten through age ten or so.
Paperback Price $16.50, illustrated, 138 pages, 6x9 format / Kindle price $9.95
Review: "A modern fairytale certain to delight young readers (and their parents!), The Midsummer Mouse: Midsummer Tales of Tiptoes Lightly and the Summer Queen weaves together an engaging world of fantasy and enchantment, gladness and jollity, mystery and misadventure, and great fun from beginning to end. The Midsummer Mouse is enthusiastically recommended for family, school, and community library collections for children ages 5 through 10." Midwest Book Review
Review: "Tiptoes is at it again! Just in time for Midsummer, another in the Tiptoes Lightly series. Reg Down is a masterful storyteller and The Midsummer Mouse entertains through its many twists and turns leading to the appearance of the Summer Queen. An unbroken stream of unbridled imagination - just what children (and their parents) need now. If you're not a Tiptoes fan, this is your chance to 'get on board.'" David Kennedy, Waldorf Today
Review: "I love all his books! My 8 year old has read all Reg Down's Tiptoes Lightly books. She is always asking for more of Tiptoes Lightly stories. We were so excited to hear he has just published this new book. We just bought this one and she has promptly finish reading it. She says "this book is very interesting", "Pinecone and Pepperpot are all tangled up!" It is a joy for me to see my daughter relishing this book. Truthfully, I love his writing myself!" Amazon Review
Review: "A great addition to your collection! Can't go wrong with any of Reg Down's books! My daughter hears the stories at school, and loves hearing them at home. A definite must have for your collection!" Amazon Review
Review: "Won't disappoint! We are huge Tiptoes Lightly fans and were so excited for Reg Down's newest book! As with all his books, this one was a fantastic read. It entertained all of my children (ages 4,7, 9 and 11) and they kept asking for "one more chapter". The Midsummer Mouse provides a wonderful tale woven together through adventure, humor, magic and mystery. We loved it!" Amazon Review
- Here is the title story: The Midsummer Mouse Suitable for grade one through grade three or four. 4 pages.
- And The Tale of Turana - chapter 44 in which the Summer Queen tells the Midsummer Festival tale. 4 pages.
- And Tiptoes meets the Sunset Angels - the chapter where Tiptoes flies high into the sky and meets the color-creating angels. 2 pages.
The Darkling Beasts
Alf’s parents lose their home in the great financial downturn of the early twenty-first century. They take Alf and his friend, Siggy, to a visiting carnival to have a bit of fun. Alf and Siggy get stuck in a dilapidated Hall of Mirrors and end up miles away with the beer belly owner and his amply x-sized mum. That’s when the boys discover a portal in the Hall of Mirrors. It leads to a world turned completely inside out to ours. In Instar, the sun lies at the center of a great sphere, waxing and waning during the day and vanishing at night. They meet the slim and beautiful Mia, who takes them into her tilting—the tall, slender buildings that rise above the forest and sway with the wind. The tiltings, however, are surrounded by a high defense wall with vicious spikes on top. Living in the day is fine, or so it seems to an outsider, but when night comes the gates are shut against the darkling beasts that rage outside.
Filled with drama and humor, The Darkling Beasts is also a cautionary tale; it addresses some of the great issues the upcoming generations will have to face.
The Kindle Edition $7.95 Purchase Book
Print Edition: 9 x 6 format, 184 pages, $15.50 - Purchase Paperback Suitability: not below age 12.
Review: " ... the best sort of reading for teens (and those of us who are older): The Darkling Beasts is a captivating page-turner that will keep any young person reading and reading and reading." Nancy Parsons, Waldorf Books
A Tangle of Tales: short stories for children
A collection of forty-two stories for children. Inside you’ll find nature tales, riddle tales, fables, fairy tales, poems, and creation myths both serious and sanguine. Suitable for children from kindergarten through grade four. Tons of illustrations and drawings.
Review: "A Tangle of Tales is a great "read-aloud" repository for homeroom, storytime, bedtime, or the simple joy of parent-child reading time - highly recommended." Midwest Book Review
Review: "Always wonderful stories! My children love Reg's books and this is no exception! If you want lovely child friendly stories, then look no further." Amazon Review
A list of the stories plus samples to download or view is on the stories and tales page.
Print Edition: $14.95
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
The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy is now available in Spanish on Amazon!
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De Puntitas y Sus Aventuras
Coming in the not too distant future - The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly in Spanish!
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!
January 2013: Butterbrains is a 'traditional' fairy tale - but with twists, of course. It is based on the traditional path (initiation journey) through the zodiac from Aries to Pisces. I've had it on file for years and have never known what to do with it as it's too short except for a picture book (which I still might do) and too long for a quick read (it's 4760 words/10-12 full pages). So in the meanwhile, here it is on Kindle - not a media I recommend for children, but one which will suffice if you are reading to your children when on a road trip or holiday. :)
Once, long ago, there lived a simpleton. He was so simple that he ate his soup with a fork and buttered his bread with a spoon. But he was a kind soul who spoke with the animals, and they came to him when they were hurt or needed help. In summertime, butterflies flitted about his head, and it was a common sight to see him walking along, paying not the slightest heed, while round and round his head the butterflies shimmered and danced. The townsfolk laughed and jeered and called him Butterbrains—or worse—but he never seemed to mind and went on his way.
Now the king of the land had a beautiful daughter. She was as fair as the sun and as mysterious as the moon. One day she fell terribly ill; so ill that none of the doctors could help her and everyone thought she would die.
One night she had a dream, and calling her father to her she said: "I dreamed that if a man journeys through the twelve kingdoms surrounding our castle I will become well again."
This is how the story begins and off Butterbrains goes through the twelve kingdoms and twelve extraordinary adventures until he arrives back (transformed, of course) and wins the hand of the lovely princess.
Suitable for kindergarten through adulthood. Enjoy!
Available on Amazon's Kindle here. $2.99 Don't have a Kindle? No problem. Here's the link to their free download of their reader to your PC.
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!
PS - if you have not already checked out Therese's work with those who are dying and at the threshold, please do so at the Chalice of Repose Project. It's well worth a visit. She is doing extraordinary work.
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!
April 2012: Thanks to This Cozy Life blog for a sweet review. :) Go on over and check out her site, it's nicely done and she writes well.
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