Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
Illustrated Classic Nursery Rhymes
Originally published as Our Old Nursery Rhymes in London in 1911, this collection of 30 perennial favourites was illustrated by the Dutch artist Henriette Willebeek Le Mair (1889–1966). Framed in decorated cartouches, and in delicate, muted colours, her watercolours feature carefully observed children at play (often drawn from life, as Henriette ran a private nursery), set in landscapes or interiors that are full of interest. Age 3+
Paper Folding with Children
Fun and Easy Origami Projects
Some tips that make origami simpler for beginners are to use plain paper rather than patterned so that the fold marks are clearer, and to use a bone folder (a plastic tool that allows you to make sharp creases easily). This introduction to paper folding presents 26 projects of varying difficulty from ladybirds and paper boats to spaceships and butterflies. Age 5+
Katy's Christmas Gift
Katy overhears the innkeeper offering his stable to a weary couple for the night. Then she hears a baby has been born and sets out with three gifts for him, but nearly loses everything on the way. This version of the Christmas story features charming seasonal illustrations from a veteran children’s illustrator. Age 4+
The Helpful Elves
Once upon a time, the people of Cologne had a very easy life: while they slept, from house-building to sewing to wine-making, the elves did all their work for them. But then the tailor’s wife caught sight of an elf and everything changed. A classic German story retold and brought to life with amusing colour illustrations. Age 3+
Goethe on Science
An Anthology of Goethe's Scientific Writings
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) is best known as Germany’s foremost poet and playwright, but he was also an accomplished all-round scientist, studying anatomy, geology, botany, zoology and colour theory. The extracts from his scientific writings reproduced in this book illustrate his belief that we should study our world as people at home in it rather than remotely, and are essential reading for anyone who feels we have lost our spiritual connection to nature.
Crocheting Soft Toys
Frustrated by mass-produced soft toys made with cheap labour and materials, the author set out to produce a collection of unique toys for children, friends and family that could be crocheted and given as presents. Basic crochet stitches are clearly described and illustrated, while detailed and straightforward patterns cover a range of animals, from larger elephants and a jagged-toothed crocodile to smaller curly-tailed chameleons and fluffy-eared owls.
Wisdom of the Stars
Astrology and Spiritual Biography
People have been studying the effects of the stars on worldly events for thousands of years. This book traces the development of astrology and the use of personal horoscopes in different cultures throughout human history, and advocates the development of a new tool in astrology: a 'spirit birth chart' created in a person's later years that reflects the fruits of their life.