The author's passion for writing is very evident in this book and in his About bio. In 'Our Brilliant Eternity' his articulated Christian upbringing merges with mystical experience and a life-long philosophical exploration to provide the reader a roadway to the integration of different paths of discovery, and the understanding of human Life. This deepest work of his life is revealed in the book I feel, the culmination of the many writing projects he references. From plays and Shakespearean-like sonnets to screen plays, creative children's stories to poetry and prose, his ability to articulate diverse aspects of the human experience is put to the test in 'Our Brilliant Eternity'. Take your time with this book, and a deepened understanding of Life will emerge.
SB, Mt. Shasta, CA.
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My 9-year old niece loved 'Sleepyheads'! She loved the pictures!! She gives it a nine out of ten. The only part she didn't quite follow was when Jami and Sammy went to England... she said it went really fast and was hard to follow there. BUT she said she wants to have that book on her bookshelf. She is an avid reader. She read the whole thing this morning... she raved about every picture... I had to look each time. She just loved it! The story grabbed her, one sitting and she needed to finish it!
SR Teacher, Actor/Director, Portland, ME.
A sweet retelling of the classic tale. 'Yudy, the Ugly Duckling' will take youngsters on a wild ride from the barnyard, over forestland and “around the world.” Interesting, funny and scary characters -- from Yudy’s sibling flock to Mrs. Drumathump and her top cat to a philosopher turtle -- help Yudy to grow and learn. Through all these lessons, he has great adventures in the wide outdoors. As the seasons pass, Yudy discovers so much more about himself and, ultimately, where he truly belongs.
CC, Bowdoinham, ME
Each generation needs its fairy tales retold to keep them fresh and relevant. Paul Baribault’s "The Cobbler’s Cape " is a modern version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, transforming it from a brief tale into a hearty play for voices, complete with scenes, sound effects, and multiple characters. The honest cobbler and his daughter Lil are not the only subjects to notice that the Emperor is parading around in his undershorts—the whole town sees that. But only the cobbler, out of his gentle heart, takes action. Rather than embarrassing and exposing the foolish monarch, he sends Lil to the rescue, carrying the cobbler’s old cloak, so the Emperor can cover his body and recover his dignity. This will be a favorite bedtime story for children lucky enough to have it read to them, and it would also be suitable for acting out in the classroom.
DW, Poet, Middlebury, VT
'The Nightingale's Song' is a delightful re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale, enriched with new characters, plot twists and “Who's on first” verbal comedy. Baribault deftly embroiders on the poetry of Andersen's words and his themes of art, love, nature, life and death, directing fresh attention to perennial questions about the proper role of rulers in caring for the ruled. A lovely piece of readers' theater in clear, easy-to-speak language. Sure to be loads of fun to perform in the classroom and for parents to read to their children!
GS, Writer, Harpswell, ME