Fables for Wisdom Seekers Young and Old
Meyers, Barbara A.
. First Edition Design Publishing . Sarasota, FL
Barbara A. Meyers
Barbara A. Meyers
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Meyers is a therapist. She loved stories as a child. "Now as a therapist, I listen to and hold the emotional space for others' stories." The book "is a direct outgrowth of my work over the years and is written for parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors, and other adults who care about and love children and want to assist them on their journey to wholeness." Fables, she writes, "teach us about our own humanness" (all from the Preface, i-ii). The fourteen stories here are each six to eight pages long, with one full-page colored illustration by O'Dwyer. Each story is followed by about three pages of "talking points." The first story tells of Geri the Giraffe who gets lost and listens to bad advice from Snake. Turtle at last counsels Geri to listen to her own powers as giraffe. When she does that, Geri arrives back in her own territory at her own herd. In the second story, Clara the Caterpillar wants to be rid of the "unsightly" yellow spots on her green body. Nothing helps her to get rid of the spots. She meets Sam the Spider, who is tired of being all black. He has a method for getting more colors: he stands where a piece of glass refracts a rainbow of colors, perhaps onto him. He gets hotter and hotter in these focused rays until he goes up in flames. Marvin the Mole shows up, asks what happens, and laments. He has seen the beautiful blue on the underside of Sam, which Sam of course could not see. Clara reconsiders that maybe she should be looking for her gifts rather than what she is missing. 8½" square.