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DEAS… and Other Imaginings

Discover a Dimension Where Ideas Come Alive

Psychologist and award-winning author Valerie Tarico and acclaimed artist Tony Troy have woven a tapestry of ten timeless folktales and created a world in which ideas – “DEAS ” – literally come to life. In this magical and morally challenging world, hard-won lessons are taught by trolls, animal guides, mysterious interlopers, and magi who guide our young heroes and heroines to safety, but only after offering an adventure which teaches essential and eternal spiritual values: honor, perseverance, empathy, hope, courage, and love.

Beautifully Illustrated in Vibrant, Full Color

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Spiritual Lessons Abound for All Ages

This collection, originally composed by Dr. Tarico for her own children, is mesmerizing 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. Share it with your child 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


“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