LET'S DANCE THE DANCE!
MAY IT BEGIN----
THE DANCE of the CATERPILLARS
In A Time Before Texting
Caroline S. Fairless
Illustrated by: Gau Family Studio
How fortunate we are that Caroline decided to retrieve The Dance of the Caterpillars from its 1980's hiding place in the filing cabinet. How grateful we are that Fisher called to her. How thankful we are that we are able to receive the message of hope across the decades from this very special fourth-grader in our world of increasing disconnectedness from ourselves and each other and from our rightful place in the natural world. Fisher reminds us there is some Fisher in all of us: a longing to belong. The Dance takes me to the space between The Wizard of Oz and Where the Wild Things Are, a step closer to the journey home, the journey to the undivided life. Fisher makes me think of a slightly older version of Max from Wild Things, growing up in a deforming world, yet still able to hold onto to that birthright ability to see, to hear, to connect. Fisher reminds me that I still have that birthright, too, and it's not too late for me to notice and nurture the magic and the mystery, inside and out. Fisher's voice reads like poetry, and I find myself letting go of learned restraints as I get caught up in The Dance. Caroline writes of The Dance that it is her sweetest of her books... This one will be cherished by readers of all ages.
Paperback, 86 pages
Published March 29th 2014 by Caroline Fairless
0615993540 (ISBN13: 9780615993546)
It's a shame that Caroline Fairless says she is a writer rarely read. The readers out there are missing out on some good reading. THE DANCE OF THE CATERPILLARS emerged from a filing cabinet in Ms. Fairless' basement. Since the 1980's. What a shame. Fisher has been trapped in the cabinet all this time when he should have been being read and re-read. I think Fisher got tired of waiting for readers and called out to Ms. Fairless. with a loud, clear voice, saying I need to be read. I need the connection and the bonding with others. The book is telling of the message of hope from fourth-grader, Fisher. Our world is so full of pulling away from people. We don't write to each other anymore, Letters seem to be a thing of the past. We text. We are lacking that contact with other people. I'm so happy that this book was before Texting.
All of us have some Fisher in us. We all have that yearning to be a part of, to belong.
The Dance will take you away to a place where life is not divided. People belong. Even though you are taken away, you are on your journey home, a place where people connect. A place where people need other people. A place where modern technology hasn't begun to take over our lives.
Fisher reminds us that we have that right to belong, to connect with others. Fisher gives you the ability to let yourself go. Let go of the lessons and things that have been drilled into our heads from day one. We can be free with Fisher to dance The Dance.
So, Ms. Fairless, your book is now read and it is a sweet book. This book is not just for children but for everyone. Everyone needs the chance to belong, to connect and to dance The Dance.
Thank you Ms. Fairless for helping Fisher come to life. He was trapped too long. This is a book that should be read and re-read to remind us that we need that feeling of belonging and connecting with others. Put away the phone for a little while and really connect with Fisher. Let yourself go and DANCE!
I was given a complimentary copy of THE DANCE OF THE CATERPILLARS from the author, Caroline S. Fairless for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
Caroline Fairless is a writer, a blogger, and the author of several books, most recently The Space Between Church & Not-Church ~ A Sacramental Vision for the Healing of our Planet. She blogs at www.restoringthewaters.com. Caroline’s vision emerges from the partnership of ecology and spirituality. She is a certified retreat facilitator for The Center for Courage and Renewal, and a member of the leadership core of Courage Earth ~ Awakening to Place. Ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1989, Caroline is also the founder and co-director of The Center for Children at Worship, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide strategies for multigenerational worship. She has offered workshops, conferences, and consultations throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Caroline is the author of Children at Worship ~ Congregations in Bloom; The Bloom Box; New Voices/Ancient Words; Confessions of a Fake Priest; and Hambone, the first in a trilogy of stories for children. The Dance of the Caterpillars, in a Time Before Texting is the second of the trilogy. Caroline, her husband Jim Sims, and their two rescue dogs live in the Upper Valley of central New Hampshire.