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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mother Tongue Ink (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890931594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890931599
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Goddess religion and earth-based spirituality. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing. Her latest is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, forthcoming in November 2011.

Her web site is http://starhawk.org, her blog "Dirt Worship is at http://starhawksblog.org, and her Facebook page is http://facebook.com/pages/Starhawk/165408987031?v=wall.

She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an influential branch of modern Pagan religion http://reclaiming.org.

Starhawk is a veteran of progressive movements, and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. She directs and teaches Earth Activist Trainings, http://earthactivisttraining.org, which combine a permaculture design certificate course with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.

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There are layers in this book and yes even adults can enjoy reading it to the young ones.
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I loved it and so did my 6 year old.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lois Benson on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I sat in a small book store recently as Starhawk read her new tale to a group of maybe 30 adults and one child, and we were all totally involved in the story, and in awe. You would have thought we were a circle of all children, as we followed her words with all the sounds you would have expected from children. The Last Wild Witch is not only a very magical, beautiful story, it is a very welcome, positive one for children who have been so surrounded with negative stories of wicked witches and evil old women. I loved this book. The children are the heroes.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Paik on August 14, 2009
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I loved this book. And I'm in my 40's.

It captures the spirit of the wild and what it feels like when the wild is threatened, with a good vision of the way magic really works. In the tradition of the Lorax, it brings both nature and social change to a new generation.

I'm sending a copies to my nieces and nephews of that age.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karen on October 13, 2009
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A great book to illustrate freedom, tolerance, courage, the wonder and respect of nature. The illustrations are colorful, lively. A good lesson to be learned by all in this wonderful little story. We need more like it.
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"The Last Wild Witch: An Eco-Fable for Kids and Other Free Spirits " is a fantastically presented, earth-based eco-fable for children ages 6-9 and interested adults. The wonderful text is presented as a delightful children's story in which children are the saviors of something wonderful and wild, the last wild witch in the forest, who stirs her magic brew in her cauldron and practices her songs and plays her drum. The secret seems to be that everyone needs a little bit of "wildness" inside them to be complete and happy. So in the end, things "were not so perfect in the no-longer perfect town. But they were better!" "The Last Wild Witch" is a wonderful way to teach tolerance, respect for nature, and valuing differences. The incredible surrealistic colored paintings are the ideal palate to complement this imaginative teaching tale.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By monkey stink on July 11, 2010
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I highly recommend the last wild witch. It is a big hit with my six year old. It has a wonderful message and beautiful illustrations. It reminds me that I love the wildness in my girl.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grail on July 8, 2010
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I love this story, I've even read it aloud to a bunch of adults (who *loved* it - how small children, via Direct Action, save the forest... ;D ).
I think it's a really sweet story, *magical* illustrations, and worth the purchase.
32 pages of actual story, including pictures.

For this review, I'll discuss some tips & challenges for reading to a 3 year old, since that what I've been doing most, and that's a bit below the recommended age for this story.

* Discuss the pictures more, and read less of the text. E.g. you can see faces on the trees because it's a magic forest, and cut back the text you read to a gist.
* Use familiar language. I explained the witch was brewing a magical soup, and the little ones seemed to find 'magic soup' way more fascinating.
* Use actions - stirring soup, playing the drum, falling leaves, blocking your ears etc.
* I was very seriously told when reading the 8th page "dancing with the rabbits and deer and birds" that I had missed the fox (skunk?) because that was in the picture, and not the text, and on a later page that 'Sally Violet' wasn't there, because she wasn't in the picture (I said she was probably behind the tree). So, again, adapt it a little so they can really clearly understand the relation between the words and the pictures, as the pictures are a bit abstract (and the kid on pg 6 is either cartwheeling or wearing butterfly wings depending on insistence).

Oddly, despite thinking it's a bit complex for 3 years of age, it's a popularly requested story!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Educator, Lifelong Learner on January 7, 2010
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Even if you're not a wiccan or interested in anything Gaia, this book has a lovely messages about the essential value of joy, outdoor play, magical exploration for children and the benefits of responsible people -- parents and adults -- playing with their children. I loved it and so did my 6 year old.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Magliocco on November 21, 2009
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The people who live in a perfect town lead very regimented, dull lives; they fear and avoid the wild woods that border the village, where a good witch lives who dispenses soup to the birds and animals in the forest. But one by one, some of the town's children run away at night to discover the witch of the wild woods. The story is about what happens next. I bought this book for a friend's child, for whom it is certainly appropriate; it might even hold her attention for a minute with its charming illustrations (and yes, the witch looks a bit like Star herself). Grown-ups might feel impatient with the story's predictable ending and sentiment: that only by embracing the wildness can we truly renew our culture. While I certainly agree that anti-structure holds the key to cultural renewal, I wish it could have been stated in a more original and less predictable way.
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