Deas...and Other Imaginings
by Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.


Discover a Dimension Where Ideas Come Alive

Valerie Tarico and acclaimed artist Tony Troy weave a tapestry of ten timeless folktales and create a world in which ideas literally come to life. In this magical and morally challenging world, hard-won lessons are taught by trolls, animal guides, menacing interlopers, and magi who guide young heroes and heroines to safety … but only after an adventure which teaches essential and eternal spiritual values: Hope, Perseverance, Empathy, Honor, Courage, Compassion, and Love.

Spiritual Lessons Abound for All Ages

This poignant collection, originally composed by Dr. Tarico for her own children, is mesmerizing to young and old readers alike. Written in the style of traditional wisdom tales, these stories have layers of meaning that are fun and accessible to children, gratifying to adults, and inspirational to both. Somewhere between Zen and folktales, child’s play and wisdom, dreaming the world and healing it, these ten stories reflect our shared moral values. Read them in a sacred setting of your own imaginings!

Somewhere between Zen and Folktales …
Child’s Play and Wisdom … Dreaming the World and Healing It …
These stories reflect our Shared Moral Values

Beautifully Illustrated in Vibrant, Full Color by Tony Troy

The FlameThe Flame
The TreeeThe Tree
The CallingThe Calling
The ShepherdThe Shepherd
The Baker's AssistantThe Baker's Assistant
  • DEAS and Other Imaginings
  • © 2011 Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.
  • ISBN: 978-0-9773929-40
  • 8 x 10 hardcover • 132 pages • appendix • $25.95
  • e-Book • PDF • MOBI Kindle • EPUB • $9.99
  • Release date: October 2010
  • Artist: Tony Troy
  • Publisher: The Oracle Institute Press
  • Distributors: New Leaf and Quality Books

Paperback: $23.95

eBook: $9.99

“With luminous visual imagery and ingenious narrative dexterity, Tarico gives us stories about the development of empathy, ethical principles, and universal wisdom.”

~Laura Kastner, Ph.D, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, co-author of Getting to Calm, The Launching Years, and The Seven Year Stretch

“The old crafters of myths and fairy tales were master psychologists. Their stories helped countless generations learn about power and courage, fear and loss, devotion and commitment, and above all how to be true to oneself. Tarico is making a sublime and important new contribution to this ancient genre. What a gift to today’s children!!”

~Chris Mercogliano, former Director of the Albany Free School in New York, author of In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness, and co-author of The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm

Young Voices Foundation Seal of Approval

Awarded the Young Voices Foundation Seal of Approval

About Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.

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Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and former director of the Children's Behavior and Learning Clinic in Bellevue, Washington. She won a Silver Medal for her first book Trusting Doubt, and the Young Voices seal of approval for her children’s book Deas and Other Imaginings.

Valerie is a “top 10 blogger” on religious and reproductive issues, and her articles can be found at her website and in TruthOut, the Huffington Post, and Daily Kos.