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The Garden of Wisdom

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"Entertaining, inspiring, thoughtful, The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections." --Midwest Book Review "Featuring Middle Eastern parables with a touch of Aesop about them, Michael Caduto's Garden of Wisdom rewards the reader over and over." --Gregory Maguire, New York Times best-selling author of Wicked, Mirror Mirror, Leaping Beauty, and After Alice. "Animals by nature know no borders, at least not by their own construction. Nature unites us, and The Garden of Wisdom is a fine place for us to meet." --Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle "Each story is told from the perspective of a unique culture of the Middle East, and yet tugs at familiar strings we all remember from stories told to us as children, reminding us that the earth and humanity's story are to be cherished and celebrated." --Magda Nassef (Cairo, Egypt), Consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme "The Garden of Wisdom is a beautiful way to enter the cultures of the Middle East through local folk stories, wonderful illustrations, and gorgeous photos. I will share this book widely to help promote mutual respect and understanding in the world. The Garden of Wisdom will make a perfect gift for every child and 'child at heart' in your life!" -- Shar n Benheim, Coordinator, Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies, Ben Gurion University (Beersheba, Israel) "These stories, paired with the warm illustrations by Odelia Liphshiz, celebrate a shared natural and cultural heritage that bridges communities across borders, cultures, and politics. Our greatest hope for peace and environmental protection may rest with the next generation leaders, the young stewards of this earth." --Elizabeth Alling, President & CEO, Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment "True wisdom grows out of both darkness and light, and while most will be familiar with the lessons of hardship that bind people throughout the Middle East, few will be aware that those same people share a single light. That light is Nature, and The Garden of Wisdom is a hopeful beacon to it. The wisdom of this book is a gift which reminds us that, wherever we are, the power of nature is ever at hand to guide us to a better place through the magnificent stories we tell." --Bill Kilburn, Program Manager, Back To Nature Network, Ottawa, Ontario (of the global Children and Nature Movement)

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