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A Donsy of Gnomes, 7 Gentle Gnome Stories Paperback – 2009

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Written and illustrated by Sieglinde De Francesca, author of Coloring with Block Crayons and Teaching with the Fables. In these 7 gentle stories you will meet 8 delightful gnomes who teach gnome-sized lessons in generosity, selflessness, courage, resourcefulness and friendship. Here too are practical ideas for you to create your own World of Gnome with your children through plays, puppetry, costumes, nature tables, and more! "What a perfect little book for young children! Take your child on a charming and jaunty journey through the worlds of the wee folk. It's just the thing for sweet dreams at night, or a pause in the midst of a busy day. I predict that this will be one of the books that will remain alive in your children's hearts long after they have grown and have children of their own." - Nancy Parsons, of waldorfbooks.com "These are wonderful gnome tales, lovingly crafted by a gifted teacher and storyteller... A definite buy for parents and teachers." - Reg Down, author of The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly series

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Teach Wonderment (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1616232439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616232436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sieglinde De Francesca (Sigi) has always sought to awaken a sense of wonderment through her work of more than 40 years as an artist, teacher, consultant, storyteller, and more recently, an author.
After a life in the theater as teacher/trainer (she taught Oscar winner Melissa Leo) she returned to school to receive a graduate degree in Waldorf education and taught for many years in Waldorf schools in the United States and Italy.
Her first writings came out of her work as a teacher and artist. She then was inspired to write a book for families to share with their children, the delightful 'A Donsy of Gnomes: seven gentle gnome stories.'
More recently a muse from Ireland, the land of her ancestors, moved her to write 'The Guilds of Tir Na nÓg; a Collection of Celtic Dream Tales.'
Sieglinde currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and cats.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam on February 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
The kids (6&4) and I love this book. From it's introduction to the world of gnomes and the seven wonderful gnome stories to the story-telling and craft making, this is a truly excellent book. We've had so much fun and imagination inside the pages and perhaps even more outside. Now every hike involves looking for gnomes and wondering what kind of gnome might live here and there. My kids beg me to take them out on hikes when the fog still lingers and their little imaginations cannot be contained.

Thank you to the author for sharing the wonderful world of gnomes with us!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anita St George on May 1, 2011
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I read these to my four and five year old children. We read a lot about Fairies and it's nice to have gnomes now that my son is relating to. As much as he loves fairies he has been very excited that all the gnomes are boys. The stories are just as sweet as can be. The stories are so refreshing and gentle yet I notice the children are on the edge of their seats! I love the kind and genlel manner of the gnomes and the respect for nature. I hope that she writes more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee on March 2, 2014
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My children and I enjoy snuggling up by candlelight to hear these tales every night. I love the minimal pictures as it encourages the children to use their visualization skills and imagination!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJGuzzetta on April 29, 2014
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For those of us that find ourselves in that best of idyllic situations - with grandchildren, "A Donsy of Gnomes" creates a charmed bridge of imagination between us and into the Land of Limindoor, where we share the lives of 8 charming gnomes. Whether during a quiet moment, before sleep-time or whenever fancy strikes, these gnomes stories emanate an aura that transcends the page. They come alive and transport you into the land of Limindoor and imbue themselves into our special, shared moments - and on . . .
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What a treasure to have in your home! This book is such a gift to children, young and older alike. My five year old loves to be read these stories and my 10 year old loves to curl up and read them to herself. We now have all 7 of these wonderfully magic gnomes living in our wood, which, fittingly, is now nicknamed Limindor Woods. A favorite of our family.
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