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Posts Tagged ‘Diwaali & festival of lights’

Barefoot Limited Time Offer Free Shipping thru Dec 19, 2008

Posted by Talula on December 9, 2008

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You can still get your delivery before Christmas If You order PRIOR to 8:30 am (PST) 11:30 am (EST) Monday Dec. 22, 2008!

Order Standard Shipping & your order will be upgraded at no charge, so you will receive it before Christmas!


Get your favorite Barefoot Books with FREE SHIPPING THRU  FRIDAY DEC. 19, 2008!

And double your shopping pleasure with a copy of  The Prince’s Bedtime. This  is a hilarious romp through the castle as EVERYONE takes a turn to try and make the prince go to sleep! This one is a wonderful and tender story, not unlike many parent’s (not to mention grandparents’ and Pre-K teachers’) own memories of trying to get a beloved child to sleep! WOULDN’T THIS ONE BE GREAT FOR CHRISTMAS EVE?

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MULTI-CULTURAL NOTE:  SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER ON SPANISH VERSION El Nabo Gigante.  Or Look for Diwaali The Festival of Lights! Several other multi-cultural titles on sale!


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Barefoot Book Reviews for “Listen, Listen” & ” One City, Two Brothers” (Cybil Award nomination!)

Posted by Talula on November 29, 2007

One City, Two BrothersListen, ListenHOORAY! One City, Two Brothers NOMINATED FOR CYBIL AWARD! (CHILDRENS & YA BLOGGERS LITERARY AWARD) with 100 nominations. Finalists announced on Jan. 1st, 2008. Winners announced Feb. 14th, 2008.  Can I do a little “happy” dance, now? (edit 12/04/07)

Barefoot Book Reviews 2007: Received from BookList  (American Library Association’s magazine) Starred Review.

Listen, Listen – “Jay’s stylized pictures, with the texture of ancient frescos, are a window into a world in which the buzz of an insect and the whoosh of the wind lend surprising emotion. Illustrations filled with snowmen, anthropomorphized animals, and people running through a leaf-swept field will make children long to discover what is just over a hill or around the next bend. Capturing a summer idyll reading in a hammock with the same care as a warm evening by the fireplace, Jay invests each image with both joy and melancholy. This jewel of a book will draw children back again and again.” –Booklist, STARRED REVIEW.  

One City, Two Brothers – Framed by a story of King Solomon dealing with two squabbling brothers, this tale tells of two other, quite different brothers. they live in a two villages, sharing the land between them. For years, they have divided their harvest. One abundant year, the elder brother, who has a wife and children, worries that his unmarried brother needs to save for his old age. Secretly he brings extra grain to his brother’s storehouse.  Yet the next morning, the elder brother seems to have the same amount of grain as before. Meanwhile the younger brother, has been worrying too; his elder brother has a family to be fed.  He is also secretly bringing grain to his sibling, then finding  his own storehouse still full. The mystery is solved when the brothers meet on the hilltop, each with a donkey laden with grain. The blessed spot where they meet becomes Jerusalem. Based on a folktale told by both Jews and Arabs, this picture book beautifully captures the spirit of brotherhood and gives both readers and listeners hope for what could be if people thought more about one another than about themselves.  The verdant green, heavenly blue, and harvest oprange and yellow, does more than illustrate the story; it adds an air of peace and hope to which children will respond.” – Booklist, STARRED REVIEW.   

Both of these titles can be found on my website at  ( Talula’s Wagon ) by clicking to see the Barefoot Banner in Talula’s Shops.

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Ramayana “Indian Festival of Lights”

Posted by Talula on November 9, 2007

The Story of DivaaliToday’s post is about the Indian continent’s celebration of Ramayana, “Indian Festival of Lights”.  This is a wonderful child-friendly holiday for those in the many religions of India. It is very celebrated much like our current Christmas holiday in the U.S. with new clothes, wonderful holiday foods, visits with relatives for the holiday, and going to church (in this case temple). It also has the added pleasures of dancing and fireworks to celebrate the return of Rama to his hometown after many years; with the villagers placing clay pots with candles shining to light his way home on the moonless night.   

A beautiful children’s picture book titled The Story of Divaali written by Jahinder Verma & published by Barefoot Books (November Special Offer $9.99) illustrates this classic tale in a  wonderful way so American and Indian children can share the holiday together.  You can find this and other multi-cultural books at two links I have provided here. One is my website (Barefoot Books) and one is an amazing site for multi-cultural material for children that I have used as an Early Childhood Educator for many years.

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Happy Browsing! Talula

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