Fairytales Teach….

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 first three of the series. You can find Part Two at this link now. Most of 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. Thanks!

1. Fairytales teach that our words can have consequences and rewards.
illustration with caption: fairy tales teach that our words can have consequences and rewards

2. Fairytales teach that one kind action can help and heal.
image with caption: fairytales teach that one kind action can help and heal

3. Fairytales teach that others should first be treated well with dignity.
graphic with caption: fairytales teach that others should first be treated well with dignity

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 fairytales…or read them. 🙂 .

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New Video: Making of Art

Here’s a new video from our latest kid’s book project. In this short and casual video, Michelle is making some of the art for the “Apples for the Princess” book. Just a few moments of watching her create, along with some, umm, narration. Enjoy. Get the book at Amazon, too. 🙂

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Apples for the Princess (Soon!)

Cover of Apples for the Princess book“Apples for the Princess” is our first “children’s” book from storyteller and author K. Sean Buvala. His wife, Michelle Buvala (Mesquite Tree Studio), has illustrated this kid’s book in watercolor and cut-paper compositions. Scheduled for release on October 2, 2015, the book will initially be available in both Kindle™ and paperback versions.

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