Magickware\’s Pagan Book Reviews

April 18, 2005

Aisha’s Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year

Filed under: Book Reviews,Children's Book — magickware @ 4:29 pm

Aisha’s Moonlit WalkAisha’s Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year
By Anika Stafford, Skinner House Books

Common wisdom says that writing a good book is hard, but writing a good children’s book is brutal. Ms. Stafford took on a formidable challenge. I give her an A for effort. She starts with a good concept but her book is strikingly similar in format to the few Pagan-parenting books currently available.

The reader is taken through the Wheel of the Year starting at the Samhian ritual where we meet Aisha, her best friend Heather and their families. In each chapter a short story is followed by discussion questions about the story’s contents and then a selection of holiday related activities.
The book is advertised to be appropriate for the pre-school child but there are no images except for a small spot illustration at each chapter title. Because of this I have serious doubts whether the average 3 or 4 year old can relate to Aisha’s character. Aisha is at times portrayed as very young and at other times is engaged in activities of much older children. One wonders how much time the author spends with young children on a daily basis.

The initial chapters are somewhat slow, but stick with the book; later chapters become a bit livelier in nature. I found the book to be aimed at the “politically correct” audience. There are frequent references to alternate lifestyles being obvious in the story line but adding nothing to the book as a whole.

This book contains some interesting activities for the parent or educator of the Pagan child. If you are looking for an activity book to share with your child, this is a good choice. However, if you are looking for a storybook to occupy a young reader, skip this one for now. It is unfortunate that the current market has so few choices for our youngest Pagans.

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