Tales from the Dragon's Cave... Peacemaking Stories for Everyone [NOOK Book]

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In her new collection of fairy tales, author Arlene Williams uses an unlikely group of characters to teach children nonviolent ways to solve problems. Dragons do not sound like natural peacemakers, but then it seems that we've misunderstood dragons for a long time. They are gentle souls at heart, and who would know better about resolving problems than creatures who have been enmeshed in conflict since the beginning of myth?

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Tales from the Dragon's Cave... Peacemaking Stories for Everyone

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Overview

In her new collection of fairy tales, author Arlene Williams uses an unlikely group of characters to teach children nonviolent ways to solve problems. Dragons do not sound like natural peacemakers, but then it seems that we've misunderstood dragons for a long time. They are gentle souls at heart, and who would know better about resolving problems than creatures who have been enmeshed in conflict since the beginning of myth?

This book has been required reading for every young dragon for centuries. Now, it is available to 21st century human children, too... those very children who have been raised on a diet of media gore and violence. Dragons have been there, done that. They know violence doesn't work. Even better... with this book, they show us what does.

Using fairy tales for lessons, the dragons guide the reader through "A Dragon's Path to Peace." It's a four step process: building self-confidence, improving communication, encouraging cooperation and using problem solving techniques to find the solution where everyone can be a winner.

This collection of twelve stories is enjoyable just for the stories themselves. But by combining the proven principles taught by professional conflict mediators with engaging characters in original settings, Ms. Williams is presenting a powerful teaching tool for home, school or church.

This book was a Children's Choices book for 2003 and has been enthusiastically reviewed by many national peace education/conflict resolution groups. It contains a foreword by the Co-Founder of the Creative Response to Conflict program in Nyack, New York. A resource list of conflict resolution organizations is included at the back of the book.
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Editorial Reviews

Jane Addams Peace Association - Andrea Spencer-Linzie
The stories read very easily and certainly captivate the imagination! I think young children will immensely enjoy reading or listening to these tales. I very much appreciate the depiction of both girls and boys from many different cultures as the protagonists of the stories.
Peace Links - Carol Williams
An excellent resource for teaching peace, conflict resolution, and non-violence. The stories are all creatively and vividly told and impart valuable lessons without becoming overly moralistic or preachy. I will recommend this book to any parent, educator, or counselor seeking to teach a different path for today's children.
The Alternative Newsletter - James Boskey
The art of the storyteller is a subtle one, and this is especially true when the stories that are told are designed to teach as well as entertain, and especially when they must reach an audience of any age. In Tales from the Dragon's Cave, Arlene Williams establishes herself as a master of the art, with stories that balance reality and fantasy, entertainment and education, and sophistication and clarity in a way that will appeal to listeners and readers of any age.
Midwest Book Review - James Cox
Arlene Williams' Tales From The Dragon's Cave: Peacemaking Stories For Everyone is a highly enjoyable anthology of twelve short stories with a central theme of the importance of nonviolence, and how non-violent conflict resolution can change the world for the better. Occasional black-and-white illustrations intersperse this unique and entertaining collection which particularly recommended for avid young adult readers and dragon lovers.
Creative Response to Conflict - Priscilla Prutzman
One of the greatest challenges in the field of conflict resolution is to make resolving problems nonviolently as exciting as violence. We are often numb to ever increasing violence. Young people are bored with anything less than fast-paced movies and video games chock full of random, and not so random, acts of violence. Tales from the Dragon's Cave offers a refreshing alternative from the perspective of dragons who deal with very real problems.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014674478
  • Publisher: The Waking Light Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 409,613
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

As a young girl, I loved tales of magic and adventure. When I began writing, I naturally gravitated to these types of stories as well. Dragons are a common theme to many of my books and I have a particular fondness for drawing them. At times, I have even been sighted at local schools in shimmery scales, swishing a very long tail.

Born in Pennsylvania, I have lived in the western United States since I was ten. I grew up loving the outdoors, especially the wide open spaces out West. I love to hike, canoe, and camp as well as learn about the ecology of the natural world and the issues which threaten our planet. For many years, I worked with young people in the outdoors, teaching environmental education to elementary age children and building mountain trails with high school students.

When I was ten, I learned to drive on the dry lakes in the desert of the Mojave. As an adult, I drove professionally as a bus driver, eventually landing in Northern Nevada by driving for Greyhound for a few years. Back then, I loved to travel... backpacking through Europe on my own. Now, however, I am more content to stay home, sharing the imaginary adventures of the characters that I write about.
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