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ONCE AROUND THE SUN Stories, Crafts & Recipes to Celebrate the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman


In Once Around The Sun - Stories, Crafts & Recipes to Celebrate the Sacred Earth Year author Ellen Evert Hopman shares rich stories drawn from traditional folktales, hands-on crafts, and seasonal recipes to help families and classrooms learn about and celebrate traditional holy days and festivals of the sacred earth year.

Designed to be read out loud, the stories are complemented with pronunciation guides and translations for foreign words. Beautifully illustrated by Lauren Mills, the stories  include:

  • Cailleach, the ancient Goddess of Winter
  • La Befana, the Italian new year's witch
  • Eostre, the Goddess of Spring
  • Kupalnocka, the Polish feast of wreaths at midsummer
  • Yule among the Vikings
  • And many other deities and celebrations.

This is a book will enrich and entertain family celebrations but is also an excellent companion for homeschooling.

For each story, the author includes hands-on projects special to the holiday - from crafting magical wands and brooms to flower crowns and Brighid's Crosses - as well as seasonal recipes, such as Magical Peppermint Chocolate Tea, Beltaine Bannock, and La Befana Cake, aloowing families to enjoy the tastes, smells and souns associated with the feast days and celbrations.

Ellen Every Hopman has been a Druidic initiate since 1984. She is a founding member of the Order of the White Oak, an Archdruidess of the Tribe of the Oak, and a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages. She is the author of several books, including Walking the world in Wonder. She lives in Massachusettes.

Lauren Mills has won national acclaim as both an author/illustrator and a sculptor. The author and illustrator of the award-winning The Rag Coat. She lives in western Massachusettes.

Soft Cover

Full colour illustrations

Simon & Shuster Books

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