Autumn 2017

shelves full of art paperThings are moving forward for our group for the Fall of 2017. Well, Autumn in our part of the world anyway. Here’s a pic from our run today to our local and serious art-supply store as our staff gets ready for some exciting new things. We gotta have supplies!

We’re going to be hosting vendor tables  and offering workshops  at the city of Goodyear’s Art of Cultures event in October. We’ll be doing the same for the Tempe Book Festival in November. We’re still talking to Thrill Halloween about doing the same with them, with a special focus on the artwork from The Mesquite Tree Studio.

We’ve got two new books coming. Our book in helping kids write and tell stories should be out late November. Our Aesop and Art book, The Fox and the Crow, has been moved around a bunch but we’re pretty sure we’re looking at December.

Along the way, we’re creating workshops and articles both public and private.

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2017 Catalog Sheet

We are glad to tell you we have a new 2017 Catalog Sheet ready for you. You can download the .pdf right here. It includes two of the new releases we have for 2017: “The Kids’ Guide to Making Great Stories” AND “The Fox and Crow” (finally!) Aesop book.

Download the 2017 Catalog List for Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing.

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Making the Art

a close up of a lions head sculpted out of grey clayWe’re pleased to tell you that the Fox and Crow book is back on track after a few big ol’ bumps in the road. We anticipate a late-summer release. In order to create the image for “The Donkey Who Wanted to Be a Lion,” Michelle had to create a clay sculpture or a “maquette” (learn about that at Wikipedia) of the image that reflected back from the water of the lake. Here’s an up-close image of the face of the lion.

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Art, Books, Stories in Goodyear.

Last weekend, we had a nice gathering of stories and art at BOONgarden in Goodyear, Arizona. We sold some books, sold some art and had a fine evening of adult storytelling. Here’s a brief clip from Sean Buvala sharing “The Strongest Man in Ireland.”

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Site Issues

We’re having a bug or two with the graphics on the site. Thanks for your patience as we try to make everything work again.

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Thanks from the Avondale KidFest 2016

So good to see so many people at the Avondale KidFest this year. Here’s some pics. Thanks to our whole team. We worked with families to help their kids “make and take” nearly 200 paper visors! For this event, that was 1 per minute! So much fun.


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Book-Marking Foxes

We have the new bookmarks for “The Fox and the Crow: Art and Stories Inspired by Aesop” book, coming at the end of August. Here you see our big package of bookmarks all ready for the goodie bags at the Avondale KidFest on April 9th. We’re one of the sponsors under our “The Story-Skilled Child” banner. Much fun.
bookmarks for the new fox and crow book from story skilled child

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Leave a Book: Little Free Library in Yuma, Arizona

On a recent outing to the Yuma Storytelling Festival, we stopped by the Little Free Library at Arizona Western College. Who doesn’t want to see a TARDIS-shaped library? Michelle inscribed and donated a copy of Apples for the Princess to the library. If you don’t know much about these libraries, you can learn more on the website here.

pictures of the little free library in yuma arizona

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“Apples for the Princess” in the News!

michelle buvala sits at a table of books from teh apples for the princess series
We’re pleased and grateful for the front-page article from the West Valley View in Avondale, Arizona. There are a two great pictures and a good article that talks a bit more about the philosophy of the author and illustrator. Thank you to the WVV team who put this together. Above is a picture of Michelle Buvala, the illustrator for Apples for the Princess (Amazon Link) book. Taken at the “Art is Alive” festival in Goodyear, Arizona.

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Fairytales Teach…Part Three

Are fairytales any good any more for modern audiences, for kids, for schools, for life? The fairytale has taken somewhat of a beating of late. Thought to be too “this” or “that,” it’s easy to miss the teachable moments in the middle of trying to seek balance in these older stories…or the new ones being made. Here are a few of our thoughts. This is the third posting in the series. You can see the first post at this link now. The second post is at this link here. The illustrations in this collection are from our “Apples for the Princess” kid’s book. Please feel free to Pin or Book or Tweet or link to us on social media. More thoughts after the pictures…

7. Fairytales teach that you might find the answers in surprising places and people.
fairytales teach that you might find the answers in surprising places and people

8. Fairytales teach that you really can’t control everything.
Fairytales teach that you really can't control everything.

9. Fairytales teach that a simple solution might be all you need.
Fairytales teach that a simple solution might be all you need.

It’s important, we think, that we understand that nothing children (especially) encounter is done in a vacuum of experience. As parents, we need to actively engage in all media from ancient tales to modern phone screens. What is your child seeing? All media can be used to teach, even the moments that you think the child “isn’t ready for.” Engage. Look at your kids. Tell them fairytalesor read them. 🙂 .

If you found this series of posts to be helpful, we hope you’ll consider picking up an affordable copy of Michelle’s book in paperback or Kindle. Thank you.

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