Campfire Stories for an Evolving World
- Illustrator: Leslie Cook
The child in us yearns for simple answers to complex questions. How do we open to new ways of thinking? How can we live in community and still respect the individual? Who are we, and do we have the ability to transform ourselves and, perhaps, each other?
These are a few of the stories that convey valuable keys for a life well-lived:
- A young girl learns to overcome her fear
- A brother is lost and then found
- A cat searches through lifetimes for an ancient companion
- A butterfly teaches an important lesson
In this book, Genie Valen starts with a set of values that can be true for anyone and a reminder that our hearts hold goodness waiting to be revealed. These stories and drawings are for our children—our future—and they are for you, too. Let the magic transform you and inspire a world filled with unity, compassion, and love.
About the Author
Genie Valen lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, Patrick. Her life experiences include a career as a professional classical dancer and teacher, hypnotherapy training, and a practice in the healing art of skincare. She founded Creative Dance Adventures, inspiring young children in Los Angeles and Santa Fe. Genie hopes to continue to inspire children of all ages with her stories.
Leslie Cook began her professional career as a dancer with North Carolina Dance Theater. She continued in the film and television industry for over 30 years as a dancer, choreographer, and actress. Currently, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she enjoys the many facets of culture and creativity.
"This is a book to share with young people for those times when they need an uplifting story—and keep a copy for yourself. You will feel the pulse of family and the sense of community, and you'll recognize Genie Valen's need to get these stories out—to share with an evolving world. And I thank her for how she makes us examine our own accountability." - Ranny Levy
"Campfire Stories for an Evolving World is a delightful collection of short stories for children that illustrates the power of transformation through self-discovery. Each imaginative journey teaches us to examine our own lives and use our magic power of perception to always see the bounty and beauty of life." - Bunny Hull