Last Wild Witch
Last Wild Witch.
with illustrations by Lindy Kehoe
from Mother Tongue Ink Publishing
creators of the popular We'Moon calendars: www.wemoon.ws
moving and beautiful" Alice Walker
"Once there was a perfect town, in a perfect world, where there were
rules for everything and a right way and a wrong way to do everything,
and nobody ever broke the rules-except sometimes."
So begins Starhawk's new eco-fable, The Last Wild Witch. When
the wind is in the west, and the last wild Witch is brewing her magic
brews and singing her magic songs, some of the wildness might get inside
Children will delight to this magical story. Adults will find that Starhawk's
tale is a jumping-off point to explore a vision of a world that honors
The perfect town in the perfect world, introduced in the first pages of
Starhawk's The Last Wild Witch, could be Any Town, USA: rows
of cookie-cutter houses, everyone governed by absolute rules-and kids
who can sense that there's something more out there than just being perfect.
The tale, written in simple language with a rhythm that steadily grows
as the story progresses, deals with many issues and questions of deep
concern to both children and adults. It touches on the creation of rules,
the necessity of some and the arbitrary nature of others, and the eternal
difference in worldviews and perceptions between innocence (kids) and
experience (adults). It shows how this affects the ways we choose to live:
conformity vs. individualism, engineered town vs. the wilds of nature.
How do we let the wildness in-into our lives, to our vision of what community
means? How do we recover our sense of being part of the natural world?
Can we let nature's own patterns inform the way we meet our human needs,
so that we can heal and regenerate the world around us?
By letting our children lead the way, through their imaginations and affinity
with pristine nature, there is hope that we have not sat down to tea with
our last wild Witch. These thoughts are brought to life through the shamanistic
beat of Starhawk's words, and the vibrant, swirling art of Lindy Kehoe's
paintings. Readers will see the auras and feel the pulse of their neighborhoods,
and discover the beauty of the wildness that waits not too far from their
own doorsteps. You might want to read this one aloud, even if you're by
Extras for teachers and parents:
Last Wild Witch poster
Lindy Kehoe's gorgeous visions of nature, kids, and Witch will bring a
bit of the wild to your child's room.
"The Last Wild Witch Teaching
and Discussion Guide"
Download this informative guide-with discussion questions, language skills,
art projects, music circles, and science projects-created just for this
book by Natalie Zaman, Pagan and certified teacher (English K-12).
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