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ALL NITE RAIN, by Jack Barry. A second book of haiku by the reward-winning poet. See also Jack's other books, Swamp Candles [below], his first book of haiku, and The Hermit's Handbook [also below], his account of life in a treehouse Jack built on a wooded island in the middle of a beaver swamp.
THE BABY'S FIRST TWO YEARS, by Richard M. Smith, M.D., a facsimile copy of a 1915 babybook written by a pediatrician with strong, occasionally bizarre, views on infants, infancy, and the maternal role - at least by our 21st century ideas - AND some surprising bursts of remarkably good information and common sense. A fascinating read! $12.95 plus shipping.
CHALLENGING THE GIANT; The Best of SKOLE, the Journal of Alternative Education, volumes I-IV $14.95 each, plus shipping $2.00 (pb, 500+ pages each volume), or $40.00 for all four plus shipping and handling $5.00). Click here for additional reviews of volumes 1 & 2 by Claudia Berman, and Vols. 3 & 4 by Emanuel Pariser.
THE FIFTH GOSPEL, by Professor Fida Hassnain - the first version of Search (below) - has many sources and quotations not found in the more recent study of the life of Jesus after the crucifixion. $16.50
THE THE FLYING BIRD BRINGS THE MESSAGE, Lessons from Life, by Mary Leue. $12.95 plue $2 shipping.
GROWING UP DEMOCRATIC, by Jerry Mintz, accounts of Jerry's important work in democratizing schools by giving students an authentic voice in governance and curriculum, a new anthology. $10.95
THE HERMIT'S HANDBOOK, by Jack Barry, a sensitive and very moving journal of a year spent by the author completing and living in a beautifully crafted house he had built in a tree over a swamp in the hills of western Massachusetts.$14.95.
INDIA JOURNAL, a Pilgrimage toward the Self, $14.95 plus $2 shipping.
JESSICA DRAGONETTE'S FIERY BREATH, by Mary Leue - Jessica's adoration of her grand fire-breathing father gets her in big trouble! $9.95
LOOKING FOR ONE'S SHADOW AT NOON. Volume 1 - Looking for the Self in Family and Society, $8.95 plus $2 shipping. Both volumes $15 plue $3 shipping.
LOOKING FOR ONE'S SHADOW AT NOON, Volume 2, Finding the Self in School and Community $8.95 plus $2 shipping. Both volumes $15 plue $3 shipping.
MEMORIES, a collection of poems by Judith Zottoli, celebrating the poet's childhood recollections of growing up on a tidewater farm on Maine's Casco Bay. $10.95 plus shipping.
METAPHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A THEORY OF VALUE IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD, by William Hendrichs Leue, PhD. $19.95
MOPSA THE FAIRY, by Jean Ingelow. A story of pure magic. This classic tale in a paperback near-facsimile of the original Lippincott edition is not only for children. It will take you away into its world, and when you return, you will be changed. Nine beautiful illustrations in full color by Maria L. Kirk, one of the best of the early 20th century children's illustrators. $21.95
METAPHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A THEORY OF VALUE IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD, by William Hendrichs Leue, PhD. $19.95
REAL SCHOOLS - IN THEIR OWN W0RDS - edited by Mary M. Leue: Down-to-Earth Books, Ashfield, MA. This is an account of 27 different schools, 24 of them in the US., three abroad, with accompanying essays by members of each of them - or, in a couple of cases, parents of children in them - taken from SKOLE, The Journal of Alternative Education. Valuable for parents looking at educational alternatives or student teachers, struggling to learn about what is possible in the field. $16.95 plus shipping.
REAL TEACHERS; REAL TEACHING - IN THEIR OWN WORDS - edited by Mary M. Leue. Compendium volume to Real Schools. Contents, articles by 38 different teachers, organized as: teaching as a celebration of life, 8 examples; defining the problems with schools, 12; proposed solutions 6; teaching young children 5; teaching elementary-school age children. 8; teaching high school-age students. 5. teaching college-age students. 4; teaching and learning at home. An absolute must for someone struggling to provide good education for their child(ren) - or for someone equally determined to decide for himself what constitutes really good teaching - and how to find it! This volume offers a wide variety of teaching styles and criteria by which to understand, to choose. $16.95 plus shipping. $16.95  
RUSHING TO EVA, a Pilgrimage in Search of the Great Mother, by Mary Leue. $14.95 plus $2 shipping, reviewed by Ann Mossop.
A SEARCH FOR THE HISTORICAL JESUS - From Apocryphal, Buddhist, Islamic and Sanskrit Sources by Professor Fida Hassnain, $16.50 plus $2 shipping, rreviewed by Chris Mercogliano - a new edition by Down-to-Earth Books authorized by the author
SHINE IN YOUR OWN WAY, Inspiration for Parents of Failing Kids, by Nancy Gill - essays reflecting over two decades of this brilliant, inspired teacher's work with kids of all ages. $18.95 plus $2 shipping.
SKOLE, THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION, Mary M. Leue, editor. Past issues available, $4 each, plus $2 shipping, reviewed by John Potter. Down-to-Earth Books has been operating, both as a publishing house and a bookstore, since the mid-seventies. Our particular emphasis has always been on the implications of various models of education, social customs and attitudes upon family and community - and especially on children. Click here for John Potter's review.  
SONGS OF AN EARTH FAMILY, poems of the Free School community, volume two. $10.95 plus $2 shipping. Read the introduction.
A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK OF ANNOTATED POEMS 1965-2002, by Mary Leue, $10.95 plus shipping.
SWAMP CANDLES, by Jack Barry. A book of Haikus by the author of A Hermit's Handbook, chronicling Jack's year in his tree house on his island in his beaver swamp. Click on the title to read a few. $10.95.
TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME, Confessions of a Survivor of a Large Family, by Mary M. Leue - a fascinating glimpse of a world that is no more, in three volumes: volume I, $10.95 (when published, all three will sell for $30 plus shipping).
TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME , Confessions of a Survivor of a Large Family, by Mary M. Leue, volume II, $10.95.
TURNING THE TITANIC - FORTY YEARS IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY; ESSAYS FOR TIKKUN OLAM (HEALING THE WORLD), edited by Mary Leue. $18.95.
THE WORLD'S GOIN' TO END AT LOONCHTIME, poems of the Free School Community, volume one. $10.95 plus shipping.
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