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Deas and Other Imaginings: Ten Spiritual Folktales for Children Hardcover – November 11, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Oracle Institute Press LLC; First edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977392945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977392940
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The old crafters of myths and fairy tales were master psychologists. Their stories have helped countless generations to learn about power and courage, fear and loss, devotion and commitment, and above all how to be true to oneself. With Deas and Other Imaginings, Valerie Tarico is making a sublime and important new contribution to this ancient genre. What a gift to today's children!

~Chris Mercogliano, Former Director of the Albany Free School in New York, author of In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids Inner Wildness, How to Grow a School, Teaching the Restless: One School s Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed, and co-author of The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm. --Endorsement page

How captivating and inspiring are these stories and their accompanying artwork! As a child, a great deal of my moral and ethical formation evolved from immersion in fairytales, fables and myths. Indeed, my own sense of spirituality has its roots in the world of latent power made manifest through innate longing, courage, inquisitiveness, and receptivity. Through Deas, Dr. Tarico suspends reality, yet takes us to a place more authentic than our everyday world. It is a world where the divine child lives and where all good things are possible. This world is for adults as well as children, and it is one we can gratefully enter when reading Deas.

~Reverend Donna Johnson, Senior Minister at Unity Church of Fairfax, Virginia, Board Chair for Unity Worldwide Ministries, Coordinator of A Bed for Every Child missionary work in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Peru, contributing journalist for Contact magazine, B.S. in Psychology and Secondary Education, and Advisor to Pinnacle Academy of Virginia, an award-winning elementary school specializing in math and technology for the future. --Endorsement Page

Children develop a unique empathy and appreciation for ethical principles by identifying with characters in favorite stories. With luminous visual imagery and ingenious narrative dexterity, Tarico gives us stories about the development of universal wisdom. Her captivating characters who are often children coming of age discover essential life truths from their myriad experiences. They wrestle with extreme hardship, greed, hubris, narrow-mindedness, and vanity. Assisted by compassionate elders and their own evolving moral compasses, they learn to care for the vulnerable, face adversity with courage, and value humanitarianism in their communities.

~Laura Kastner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and co-author of Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life, and The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together to Grow Through Adolescence. --Endorsement page

How captivating and inspiring are these stories and their accompanying artwork! As a child, a great deal of my moral and ethical formation evolved from immersion in fairytales, fables and myths. Indeed, my own sense of spirituality has its roots in the world of latent power made manifest through innate longing, courage, inquisitiveness, and receptivity. Through Deas, Dr. Tarico suspends reality, yet takes us to a place more authentic than our everyday world. It is a world where the divine child lives and where all good things are possible. This world is for adults as well as children, and it is one we can gratefully enter when reading Deas.

~Reverend Donna Johnson, Senior Minister at Unity Church of Fairfax, Virginia, Board Chair for Unity Worldwide Ministries, Coordinator of A Bed for Every Child missionary work in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Peru, contributing journalist for Contact magazine, B.S. in Psychology and Secondary Education, and Advisor to Pinnacle Academy of Virginia, an award-winning elementary school specializing in math and technology for the future. --Endorsement page

Children develop a unique empathy and appreciation for ethical principles by identifying with characters in favorite stories. With luminous visual imagery and ingenious narrative dexterity, Tarico gives us stories about the development of universal wisdom. Her captivating characters who are often children coming of age discover essential life truths from their myriad experiences. They wrestle with extreme hardship, greed, hubris, narrow-mindedness, and vanity. Assisted by compassionate elders and their own evolving moral compasses, they learn to care for the vulnerable, face adversity with courage, and value humanitarianism in their communities.

~Laura Kastner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and co-author of Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life, and The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together to Grow Through Adolescence. --Endorsement page

About the Author

Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist, journalist, and award-winning author and blogger. She graduated from Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts college, and then she earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two daughters.

Dr. Tarico s first book, Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, examines her early evangelical beliefs through the lens of her psychological training and life experience. Trusting Doubt was awarded a Silver medal in the Religion category at the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Currently, Dr. Tarico writes for The Huffington Post and ExChristian.net, and she pens the series Character Corner at CommunityofMindfulParents.com. More broadly, Dr. Tarico is committed to promoting interfaith dialogue and the shared values which link all humanity. She speaks to churches and secular groups on topics such as moral development, the psychology of belief, and wisdom convergence. She also manages WisdomCommons.org, an interactive library of stories, poems, quotations, and essays about character virtues that are universally shared among secular, religious, and wisdom traditions.

Illustrator Tony Troy was born in Liverpool, England and attended London University, where he obtained a bachelor s degree in Physics. With little ambition for the world of science, Mr. Troy bounced from one job to the next, until one day when he met a street artist drawing portraits of tourists. Captivated, Mr. Troy paused to talk with the artist and share his dream of becoming an artist himself. Suddenly, the portraitist announced he had a flight to catch. What about your gear? Mr. Troy asked. Too heavy to take on the plane, Mate, was the answer. Tell you what: Since you dream of being an artist, it s all yours! So began a long and successful career in the arts.

Mr. Troy has been featured at art shows in London, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, and the United States. His portraits have been hung at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Pastel Society in London. Currently, he accepts commissioned work and may be contacted at his website: TonyTroyIllustrations.com.

In addition, Mr. Troy is an accomplished musician and playwright. His first musical, The Flute Player's Song, was successfully produced. The show was recorded and CDs are available at his website. Presently, Mr. Troy is seeking to take his musical to Broadway, and he continues to write music that inspires the body, mind, and spirit.


More About the Author

Valerie Tarico is a former fundamentalist Christian and graduate of Wheaton College, a bastion of Evangelical education. She holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington. Trusting that "all truth is God's truth," Dr. Tarico committed to follow her spiritual questions wherever they might lead. Ultimately they led her away from Evangelicalism. She now speaks to modernist churches and secular groups on topics such as moral development, the psychology of belief, and wisdom convergence.

In 2008, in response to a city-wide series of events in Seattle called Seeds of Compassion, Dr. Tarico founded WisdomCommons.org. The Wisdom Commons is an interactive website that allows users to find and discuss information on universal ethics, meaning values that are shared across secular and religious wisdom traditions. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post and ExChristian.net where she sustains a lucid critique of fundamentalist religion in light of recent scholarship in the social sciences. Her articles can be found at Awaypoint.wordpress.com or followed at Twitter (ValerieTarico).

Valerie Tarico has this to say about what motivates her: "My life mission is to tend the well-being of the intricate web of creation that gave me birth and the well-being of my fellow humans within that web. Mostly of late I find myself caught in the challenge of religious fundamentalism -- how to give people the tools that let them move on. Since I see fundamentalism as, essentially, the worship of a communications technology -- the phenomenon of a book as a golden calf-- it is fascinating to explore what new technologies will do to help change the conversation and create alternatives."

In defiance of what she calls the bibliolatry of her youth, "ValerieT's Wisdom Page" at WisdomCommons.org includes her own version of the Ten Commandments, which she calls her Ten Aspirations:
1. Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.
2. Give more than you take.
3. Always keep in mind that you may be wrong.
4. Strive to value the suffering and joy of other beings like you value your own.
5. Care more about seeking truth than you care about being right.
6. Practice random acts of kindness.
7. Protect the sacred web of life, so that future generations may delight in the beauty and complexity into which you were born.
8. Take time to celebrate the gifts of life, love, and beauty.
9. Ask for help when you need it.
10. Live in love.

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These are great stories to read aloud with chilldren. Reflect and savor the depth and meaning, pondering moral/spiritual development . The illustrations are rich and profound, sensitive and illuminative. An all around delightful book to be shared!
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Dr. Tarico's book is delightfully captivating and inspiring. Children of all ages will be intrigued with the stories and easily relate to the characters. The stories are a good means of invoking and provoking discussions and questions between parent(s) and child(ren). It is great for bedtime story telling and far better than stories such as Snow White, Bambi, or Hansel and Gretel.
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By darcyr on December 9, 2011
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I love the variety of stories. They are imaginative, create beauty and inspire. Something that puts this book ahead of others is that it has strong women role models. Buy this book and you won't be disappointed.
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