Spirited New Fables The Unseen Paths of the Forest Published by Outskirts Press.
From badgers to bears, from hedgehogs to otters, one delightful forest creature after another stars in this series of thirteen stories that show that even for the simplest animal, a life story is itself a love story. With narrative charm and poetic grace Panaitescu offers her mythic tales to delight children and, frankly, adults alike as she shows how even the quietest act of love can rejuvenate both the donor and the recipient.
The volume's first tale, “The Rabbit and the Turtle” is exemplary of the depth of each of the rich fables the author has created. As these two forest denizens trade creations of smooth stone and brilliant flower patterns with each other near the entrance to a secret glade, the ancient turtle is led to a gentle epiphany about her own act of love. Slowly, thoughtfully the author brings her to an understanding of life that rekindles her connection with all of nature and ends her sadness and isolation.
Each tale is a carefully crafted little tour of force that shows why author Panaitescu has been a recipient of a number of distinguished literary awards. Her collection of poetry, About Greed and Longing, won a debut prize from the Vinea Publishing House in 2000, and The Secret Mirror won another debut prize from the Romanian Cultural Foundation in 1999.
Her story “The Dog,” one of the thirteen tales in The Unseen Paths of the Forest, has already won the National Prize for Children's Literature of the Benefica Publishing House in 2010.
The Unseen Paths of the Forest is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-7908-5 SRP: $14.95
Genre: Children's book/juvenile fiction/legends, myths, fables/literary collections
About the author:
Simona Panaitescu is a psychologist who has also studied mathematics, temporal logic and psychotherapy in her native Bucharest, and she is a lifelong student of Christian spirituality. The author has written four volumes of poetry and four of prose.
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