the BEEJUM BOOK
by ALICE O. HOWELL
 
FLASH!! The BB has just been awarded the honor of
being named Book of the Month by the Utne Reader!
 
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A MYSTICAL ADVENTURE for CHILDREN of ALL AGES

 
The Beejum Book offers a journey into a world of fantasy that, deep down, each of us knows and longs for. It tells the story of Teak, a child living abroad between the two World Wars. Teak's mother tells her not to worry about being left alone, because every night, when she goes to sleep, they can meet in Beejumstan.
 
Teak's travels to this magical realm bring her face to face with Lonesome, a well-attired rabbit and Beejumstan's "ambassador without portfolio"; Figg Newton, the alchemist; the witches Rudintruda and Idy Fix; Gezeebius, the Wise Old Man; and many other fascinating characters.
 
Alice O. Howell is a wise woman who can present deep truths in simple and engaging ways. Through this enchanting tale, she suggests that within us are many worlds as real and compel-ling as the one we know outside. Delightfully told and charmingly illustrated, The Beejum Book offers seekers of all ages a beautiful way of imbibing wisdom.
 
About the Author
Alice O. Howell is the author of The Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace and The Web in the Sea: Jung, Sophia, and the Geometry of the Soul, and editor of A. Bronson Alcott's How Like an Angel Came I Down.
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"A dream of a book, a triumph of the illumined imagination."
 
MARY FORD-GRABOWSKY, EDITOR Of
Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Wisdom through the Ages
 
SINCE I STARTED reading The Beejum Book, there was simply no stopping. Author Alice 0. Howell, a Jungian scholar well versed in the world's religions and philosophies, has written a fictionalized autobiographical narrative that exerts a spell as memorable as any favorite children's classic.
 
Teak, an only child, becomes a teenager as she travels in Europe between two world wars with her busy and preoccupied parents. Every night when she goes to sleep, she finds herself the little quirky train to Beejumstan. She encounters Lonesome, an ambassador without portfolio, Mercy Muchmore, Gumblegurk, Dr. Syzygy and Dr. Azibov Sobelow, Idy Fix, King Ching, Whitsworth, Gezeebius, Figg Newton, Rudin-truda, Sobkin the Supersensitive, Dark Shee, Sir Lovalot, and other extraordinary Beejum characters. Like butterflies in a grove of buddleia, thoughts about life and its lessons, humor, wit, wisdom, and profound insights wing through Teak's fantastic adventures. This is a magical book, to be read again and again, for all ages of children and adults."
 

-- LEILA HADLEY, AUTHOR OF Give Me the World AND A Journey with Elsa Cloud

 
COVER ART ©2002 BY BRETT HELQUIST --- COVER DESIGN BY MARY JANE CALLISTER
 
ISBN 0-88010-505-4
USA: $24.95 CANADA: $34.95
 
What they are saying about it:
 
This delicious, exhilarating marvel of a book has a pace, wit, fantasy, and spiritual depth. The Beejum Book will take its place with The Little Princess and Charlotte's Web as a perennial classic.
- Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path and Son of Man
 
A new classic. Wise and funny, startling and exuberant, it offers us new ways of being as it stirs up our pluck and cunning, our courage and our commitment.
- Jean Houston, author of Jump Time, The Possible Human, and A Mythic Life
 
Read this book to yourself, or read it aloud to a young child, and delight in the hidden ironies of language and the pearls of wisdom you trip over when you least expect them. As Alice in Wonderland magically mirrored the Victorian world, so The Beejum Book mirrors ours.
- Marion Woodman, author of Bone: Dying into Life and Addiction to Perfection
 
Sheer magic and pure delight. This book breaks upon one like a revelation.
- Philip Zaleski, editor of The Best Spiritual Writingseries and author of The Recollected Heart
 
This book is destined to become a classic. Both young and old will find enchantment and nourishment for the soul.
- James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy
 
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Bottom line - it's GREAT FUN!