Dreams To Dance In Moonlight, Ways Of Seeing, Feeling & Imagining
Written & Illustrated by Peter C. Stone
Illuminated by PETER C. STONE's "dreamy... evocative" (School Library Journal) paintings, every page of Dreams to Dance in Moonlight, Ways of Seeing, Feeling & Imagining contains a story that could be part of a dream. Wolves, tigers, cows and condors stare back from gorgeous landscapes, challenging readers: When is what you see much more than what you think you see? When you awake!
How do we begin to dream? How can we express what we imagine? These and other fundamental questions that support visual literacy learning concepts have been woven into a delightful fable in which the reader is the main character. Along with an appendix of Notes on the Paintings that point out the symbolic content of each image (colors, shapes, numbers, animals, trees, etc.), the playful narrative invites us to describe what we see, and to ask what that makes us think or feel.
Tongue-twisters, symbols and creatures arouse our curiosity in a range of environments that need our inventive attentions and our stewardship. And while captivating us with imagination (Dreams), sound, rhythm and movement (Dance), and visual wonder along with ancient wisdom and mystery (Moonlight), we take the first steps toward addressing how we actually perceive the responses of our senses to the world around us.
Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Teachers and Parents: if you've ever wondered how to help a young person imagine and express ideas through drawing and writing, this mesmerizing and reflective book will open doors to the sense of play that truly sustains us. Take a look. Have a listen. The joy you find may have you dancing to your own moonlit dreams.
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Praise for Dreams to Dance in Moonlight
"Calls children and their parents and teachers to encounter the world with body, mind, and spirit and let their imaginations soar."
- Foreword Clarion Reviews
"Stone's paintings absorb attention and prompt readers to linger. [He] weaves language that hypnotizes. the book stands out as clearly unique. a volume that will connect deeply and spiritually, with many."
- BlueInk Review
"Playful, artful, and at times, profound, Peter C. Stone's Dreams to Dance in Moonlight, Ways of Seeing, Feeling & Imagining, stokes up the fires of wonder and imagination in readers ages 8 to 88. Throughout this beautifully illustrated book, Stone asks young people to see beyond the obvious, asking, 'When is what you see more than what you think you see?' The book is at the same time mystical yet light-hearted, reminiscent of the poet Rilke's urging to 'try to love the questions themselves', and a practical tool for encouraging students to imagine, surface, and express their ideas through drawing and writing."
- Linda Booth Sweeney, EdD, author of Connected Wisdom, Living Stories about Living Systems
"Children need to feel empowered, and there is no better way to do this than to lead them back to their own innate wisdom, to a place of valuing their own imaginations. This simple yet profound book of poetry, imagery and challenge will serve as a portal through which a child may become reacquainted with his or her imagination that may one day develop into a mature and confident enthusiasm."
- Peter S. Dean, Professor of Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, Rhode Island School of Design
Written & Illustrated by Peter C. Stone
ISBN: 978-1-4787-3002-6 / 8" x 10" / 44 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2751-4 / 8" x 10" / 44 pages
Illustrated with 18 color paintings
Picture Books, Early Reader/Body, Mind & Spirit/Symbols
Published by Outskirts Press, Inc.