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Earth Tales from Around the World
  by Michael J. Caduto. Illustrated by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1997. 208 pages, 7x9, illustrated.
Michael J. Caduto Earth Tales from Around the World A thematic collection of original tellings of folk tales and fairy tales for children. Features 48 beautifully illustrated Earth stories from more than 40 cultures and countries worldwide. Stories are organized by themes, including Earth, Animals, Stewardship and Wisdom. Earth Tales offers lessons drawn from the stories, plus activities and explorations. For children eight years and up, as well as parents, teachers, storytellers, librarians and environmentalists.
    Awards:
   
  • Awarded the 1997 Aesop Prize by the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. This national prize, presented to the year's most outstanding book of folklore, recognizes the excellence and authenticity of both the stories and artwork.
  • Received a 1998 Skipping Stones Honor Award for excellence as a teaching resource in multicultural and nature awareness.
  • Picked as one of the "best environmental children's books"by the Natural Resources Defense Council's Amicus Journal, 1998.

The Crimson Elf: Italian Tales of Wisdom
    by Michael J. Caduto. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1997. cloth & paperback, 64 pages, 7x9 illustrated.
Michael J. Caduto The Crimson Elf: Italian Tales of Wisdom A collection of six original tellings of traditional Italian folk and fairy tales for children ages 8 to 12 by an author of Italian-American ancestry. The book also includes an introduction, "Traditional Italian Tales and Storytelling," as well as a note on "Sources." In these tales, people choose between being cowardly or brave, foolish or wise, selfish or generous. Children discover nuggets of truth such as the secret of happiness and the need for being faithful in love. They learn how faith and courage can help us to achieve our goals and how we truly can live forever. The tales are about growing up and learning from life's experiences. They help children understand why it is important to obey parents and why it is dangerous to wander off on their own. They are reminded that all people are equal and that true love is more important than wealth or social status. These tales of wonder are filled the wisdom that will help children to live well with other people and the world of nature.
    Award:
   
  • "The Land of Eternal Life," received a 1998 Storytelling World Honor Award as a "most tellable tale" published in a collection.

Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1996. By Michael J. Caduto, with stories by Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by Mary Adair, Adelaide Tyrol and Carol Wood. Foreword by Gary Paul Nabhan. Preface by Marjorie Waters. 158 pages, paperback, 7" x 10", for children, families and gardeners of all ages.
Michael J. Caduto Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families This book uses five Native North American stories from throughout North & Central America, gardening information and activities to cover Native American gardening and the Circle of Life, basic gardening for children and families, two traditional (Wampanoag and Hidatsa) Three Sisters gardens (corn, beans and squash), Native harvests, meals and recipes as well as Native garden crafts and games. Includes glossary and index.
    Award:
   
  • Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families received a 1998 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Silver (Honor) Award, recognizing that this book enriches the educational and entertainment experiences of children.

Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1988. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden and Carol Wood. Foreword by N. Scott Momaday. 209 pages, 9" x 12" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers, children.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children Contains 23 stories, over 100 activities for children ages 5-12 years. Profusely illustrated with beautiful line drawings and photographs. Co-authored and co-illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters on Native American storytelling techniques, tips for conducting the activities, a glossary of Indian words and names, index, map of Native North American culture areas, and accompanying teacher's guide.

Keepers of the Earth Teacher's Guide
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1988. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden. 48 pages, paper, 9" x 12" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of the Earth Teacher's Guide Illustrated with beautiful line drawings. Co-authored and illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters that describe in detail the educational theory of the book; traditional native teaching; background information on Native American stories, storytelling and traditional storytelling techniques; descriptions of the Native North American cultures described in the book, and Appendices providing extensive reading lists on Native Americans and Environmental Studies, as well as readings for children and adults by chapter for Keepers of the Earth.
    Awards:
   
  • In 1990 Keepers of the Earth was selected as an ALA Notable Book for Young Adults.
  • In 1991 Keepers of the Earth was listed by Publisher's Weekly as one of the top ten best-selling books for child care.
  • In 1998 Keepers of the Earth was picked as one of the "best environmental children's books"by the Natural Resources Defense Council's Amicus Journal.

Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1991. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden, D.D. Tyler and Carol Wood. Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.. 240 pages, cloth, 9" x 12" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers, children.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children Contains 25 stories, over 100 activities for children ages 5-12 years. Profusely illustrated with beautiful line drawings and photographs. Co-authored and co-illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters on Native American storytelling techniques, tips for conducting the activities, a glossary of Indian words and names, index, map of Native North American culture areas, and accompanying teacher's guide.

Keepers of the Animals Teacher's Guide
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1991. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden. 48 pages, paper, 9" x 12" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of the Animals Teacher's Guide Illustrated with beautiful line drawings. Co-authored and illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters that describe in detail the educational theory of the book; traditional native teaching; background information on Native American stories, storytelling and traditional storytelling techniques; descriptions of the Native North American cultures described in the book, and Appendices providing extensive reading lists on Native Americans and Environmental Studies, as well as readings for children and adults by chapter for Keepers of the Animals.
    Awards:
   
  • Keepers of the Animals won the Association of Children's Booksellers 1992 Choice Award, Collections Category.
  • Keepers of the Animals was American Bookseller's 1991 "Pick of the List."

Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants Through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children

    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1994. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden, David Kanietakeron Fadden, Marjorie C. Leggitt and Carol Wood. Foreword by Marilou Awiakta. 265 pages, cloth, 9" x 12" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers, children.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants Through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children Contains 18 stories, over 100 activities for children ages 5-12 years. Beautiful line drawings and photographs. Co-authored and co-illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters on Native American storytelling techniques, tips for conducting the activities, a glossary of Indian words and names, index, map of Native North American culture areas, and accompanying teacher's guide.

Keepers of Life Teacher's Guide
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1995. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden. 58 pages, paper, 9" x 12" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of Life Teacher's Guide Illustrated with beautiful line drawings. Co-authored and illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters that describe in detail the educational theory of the book; traditional native teaching; background information on Native American stories, storytelling and traditional storytelling techniques; descriptions of the Native North American cultures described in the book, and Appendices providing extensive reading lists on Native Americans and Environmental Studies, as well as readings for children and adults by chapter for Keepers of Life.
    Award:
   
  • Keepers of Life was a 1995 Instructor's Book Club Selection

Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children
    Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1994. Co-authored with Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden and Carol Wood. Foreword by Dr. Merlin Tuttle, Director, Bat Conservation International. 146 pages, cloth, 7" x 9" trim, for parents, teachers, naturalists, storytellers, children.
Michael J. Caduto Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children Contains 8 stories, numerous activities for children ages 5-12 years. Profusely illustrated with beautiful line drawings, scratchboard nighttime scenes and photographs. Co-authored and co-illustrated by Native Americans. Includes chapters on Native American storytelling techniques, tips for conducting the activities, a glossary of Indian words and names, index and a map of Native North American culture areas.
    Award:
   
  • Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children received the 1999 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award, recognizing its excellence as a parenting resource that is both informative and engaging.
  • Keepers of the Night was a 1995 ALA "Best Book for Young Adults."

Pond and Brook: a Guide to Nature in Freshwater Environments
    Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1990, 276 pages.
Michael J. Caduto Pond and Brook: a Guide to Nature in Freshwater Environments Includes stories, natural history, activities, over 100 illustrations and 72 photographs. Chapters on water, freshwater ecology, ponds, lakes, running waters and wetlands--all freshwater environments. Photographs and vivid line drawings depict plants, animals and their habitats. Explores the unique properties of water, the basic principles vital to understanding aquatic life and the origin of freshwater habitats. Takes a holistic approach to both living and non-living components of freshwater environments and how they fit together to weave an ecological whole.
    Reviews:
    "Pond and Brook... weaves a tapestry of understanding from threads of facts, personal experience, poetry, illustrations and anecdotes...in an engaging writing style. It's all there: good cause, worthwhile outcome, solid learning and gentle fun."
   
- Natural Science for Youth Foundation
     
    "An indispensable field guide to our nation's liquid assets."
   
- William A. Niering, Professor of botany, Connecticut College
     
    "For someone who is fascinated by the life and inner workings of streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and wetlands but has not had much experience in exploring them, Pond and Brook is a quick and gentle immersion."
   
- Orion Nature Quarterly
     
    "An excellent introduction to the aquatic life of lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands. Clearly written, the text is complemented by beautiful illustrations depicting the habitats as well as the associated plants and animals. Specific exploratory activities further enrich the value of this book. An indispensable field guide to our nation's liquid assets."
   
- William A. Niering, professor of botany,
Connecticut College, New London
     
    "Reading the book is almost as good as having Caduto himself beside you on a field trip, for he is a fine teacher. He writes vividly. Pond and Brook is at the same time a most complete guide to the plants, insects, and animals that live in or near water. Joan Thomson has provided hundreds of clear, graphic drawings, and the book is profusely illustrated with photos by Caduto and Cecil Hoisington. A reading list is supplied at the end of each chapter, and I found the glossary most helpful. I suggest that all lovers of the Connecticut River and its tributaries go straight to the nearest bookstore and buy Pond and Brook in order to be all set to know what really goes on in our watery environment."
   
- The Valley Newsletter
Connecticut River Watershed Council
     
    "Line drawings, superb photographs, and suggestions for activities and projects make POND AND BROOK an invaluable guide for a day at the water's edge."
   
- Nexus Quebec-Labrador Foundation/
Atlantic Center for the Environment
     
    "I was delighted to find an easy to read, entertaining, and extremely competent introduction to the study of brooks and ponds. While written for an adult audience, the clear style and the hands-on approach make this book appropriate for older children and family projects. If you have a pond or brook in your life, or if you only visit one occasionally, this book will help you appreciate the complexity and variety of the living things you will find there."
   
- Valley News
     
   

"Through stories, activities, photographs, vivid illustrations, and just plain interesting facts, the book offers a holistic ecological view of the complex world of fresh water life. As a teacher, I was quite pleased to discover sections concluding each of the last four chapters entitled 'Explorations and Activities.' These sections provide readers with hands-on projects such as mapping a pond, creating an aquarium or building sampling and collecting devices for freshwater organisms.

Michael Caduto's love and respect for freshwater environments is evident throughout the book. With books such as Pond and Brook , I am optimistic that a concerned and educated citizenry will see to it that our fragile freshwater environments are preserved and protected as a legacy for many years to come."

   
- Vermont Environmental Report
Vermont Natural Resources Council

A Time Before New Hampshire: The Story of a Land and Native Peoples
    by Michael J. Caduto. Illustrated by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol. Hanover, New Hampshire & London: University Press of New England, 2003. 6x9, cloth & paperback, 288 pages with over 100 photographs and illustrations.
Michael J. Caduto A Time Before New Hampshire: The Story of a Land and Native Peoples A Time Before New Hampshire begins with the formation of Earth 4.6 billion years ago and continues with the evolution of the natural environment up until the colonial period. Caduto takes the reader on a journey through the ancient worlds of New Hampshire's past, including first-hand recreations of natural and human environments, journeys through historic landscapes and visits with families of the Alnôbak (Abenaki): New Hampshire's indigenous peoples and their ancestors. Beautiful photographs and stunning illustrations depict past peoples and environments. Detailed maps show the historic trails and traditional ranges of indigenous cultures. Everything presented in the book is grounded in existing research, including geology, glaciology, botany, climatology, ecology, zoology and paleobotany, as well as cultural findings drawn from archaeology and anthropology, written and oral history and current practices among surviving Native peoples.

Ann Arbor Alive: The Ecology of a City
    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, 1981, 105 pages. With Lori D. Mann.
Michael J. Caduto Ann Arbor Alive: The Ecology of a City Traces the evolution of human and natural history in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Studies the various elements of the city environment--such as water resources, animals, trees, aesthetics, and social ecology. Maps of Ann Arbor locate each site that is discussion. With 70 photographs and 55 illustrations, its uniqueness lies in the study of how human systems (i.e. water, solid waste, energy) function in lieu of the natural systems they replace. Available from the Center for Earth and Culture, and from the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, 417 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. ($6.00 paper)
    Review:
    "This is the kind of book that should be written about every community. Hopefully, communities of all sizes will be moved to do so. It gives intriguing lessons in how to make observations and interpret them--in how to read the city landscape. It is an ecological guide, a sourcebook of resource-use information, and a comprehensive picture of a city from an ecological point of view. It is extremely interesting in its own right, and deserves serious consideration as a model for similar publications in other communities."
   
- Nature Study Magazine

A Guide on Environmental Values Education
    Paris, France: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 1985, 106 pages.
  A theoretical and practical introduction for including environmental ethics in the primary and secondary curricula. Includes a teacher training model for course work and practical skills. French and Spanish versions also available. Distributed worldwide.

Guîa para la enseñanza de valores ambientales
    Madrid: Departamento do Ciencias, Educación Técnica y Ambiental, Programa Internacional de Educacion (UNESCO-PNUMA), 1992, 106 pages.
  A theoretical and practical introduction for including environmental ethics in the primary and secondary curricula. Includes a teacher training model for course work and practical skills. Translated from A Guide on Environmental Values Education (see above).
    Reviews:
    "...developing environmentally conscious students requires more than just exposing the students to information about natural history and ecology--it requires exposing them to values in support of the environment. A Guide on Environmental Values Education provides a useful plan to help teachers working in both formal and informal settings incorporate a values dimension into their education efforts."
   
- The Science Teacher Magazine
     
    "Of most value to teachers in this manual is a group of environmental values education exercises at the primary level and another at the secondary level. The subjects at the primary level include transportation, solid wastes, energy and pollution. Additional topics at the secondary level include agricultural practices, resource management and lifestyle and environment."
   
- Teachers Clearinghouse for Science and Society Education Newsletter
     
    "Michael Caduto's guide rediscovers and affirms some of the ethical, moral and value aspects of our being. Both usable and complete, A Guide on Environmental Values Education is an important contribution to areas of classroom education that our excessive desires for affluence too often overlook. Uniquely, this book makes room for the validation and growth of students' feelings about their lives' effects upon the global and local life system. It helps bring modern stress under the watchful eyes of classrooms where, in a healthy way, it may be expressed and modified."
   
- Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D., author of How nature Works and Prejudice Against Nature

Up From the Earth: The Geology and Glaciology of Arthur's Seat
    Ipswich, Massachusetts: Atlantic Center for the Environment, in cooperation with the Scottish Wildlife Trust (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Environment Centre (Edinburgh) and P.E.A.C.E. ® (Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange--Norwich, Vermont), 1987, 1995, 50 pages.
  An introductory guide to the geology and glaciology of Arthur's Seat, a small mountain within Edinburgh that is the extinct remains of an ancient volcano. An introduction to the natural history is followed by extensive hands-on activities for 8-12 year old children. 14 illustrations include maps and geologic time-line.

There are more than 100 books in print that contain Michael J. Caduto's writing, including: Green Teacher: The Elementary Years by Tim and Gail Littlejohn (eds.) Teaching Goodness: Engaging the Moral and Academic Promise of Young Children by Joan F. Goodman and Usha Balamore, This American River: Five Centuries of Writing About the Connecticut by W. D. Wetherell, Teaching for a Tolerant World: Essays and Resources, Judith P. Robertson (ed.) and the National Council of Teachers of English Committee on Teaching about Genocide and Intolerance, Vermont Voices II: An Anthology and Vermont Voices III: An Anthology, Roots and Branches: A Resource of Native American Literature--Themes, Lessons, and Bibliographies by Dorothea M. Susag, The Fulcrum Reader: Tenth Anniversary Edition, Teacher's Read Aloud Anthology, The Nature of Things and The Second Nature of Things by Will Curtis, Window to Our World: An International Collection of Kids' Art by the San Francisco Bay Area Book Council, The Green Umbrella: Stories, Songs, Poems and Starting Points for Environmental Assemblies by Jill Brand et. al. (eds.), Harvesting One Hundredfold: Key Concepts and Case Studies in Environmental Education by Dr. Donella H. Meadows, How Nature Works: Regenerating Kinship with Planet Earth by Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D., Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children, Jenepher Lingelbach (ed.).

Several books about authors contain Michael J. Caduto's biography, including the Eighth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators , Connie C. Rockman (ed.), Something About the Author: Facts and Pictures about Authors and Illustrators of Books for young People (volume 103), Alan Hedblad (ed.) and A State of Mind: Writing in Vermont, by Yvonne Daley.

 

Recorded Music

All One Earth: Songs for the Generations
  by Michael J. Caduto. LunaBlu ® music publishing company (Norwich, Vermont)/ASCAP, 1994.

Contains eleven songs that touch the heart and mind, connecting us to Earth and each other. A recording that stands on its own and also complements the theater, art, dance, stories and activities presented in the Keepers ® books. Ten original songs by Michael Caduto and an original recording of an Aztec-Two Step song. A rich musical tapestry of both adults' and children's choruses, smooth vocal harmonies, animal voices and some of the nation's finest folk/acoustical musicians. Instrumentals include acoustical guitar, piano, bass, violin, harmonica, flute, recorder and mandolin. 47 minutes of music, lyrics included.
ISBN 0-9670141-0-7 (CD)
0-9670141-1-5 (cassette)
    Awards:
    All One Earth: Songs for the Generations received numerous Popular Awards from ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Columbia
    by Michael J. Caduto. Norwich, Vermont: LunaBlu ® music publishing company/ASCAP, 2003.
A national release of an original single in honor of the crew of the spaceship Columbia.

 

Music Books

All One Earth: Songs for the Generations
  by Michael J. Caduto. LunaBlu ® music publishing company (Norwich, Vermont)/ASCAP, 1999. 31 pages, 8- 1/2 x 11 trim, illustrated.
The All One Earth Songbook is the perfect companion to the recording. It contains the chords, lyrics and music to all eleven songs in an easy-to-play format. It is designed for use at home, in school, at camp, during library programs and at any occasion where music is shared with children, families and audiences of all ages. The All One Earth Songbook includes ten original songs written by Michael Caduto: Circles of Life, Keeper of the Night, New Hampshire Autumn (White Mountain Waltz), All Our Relations, Voices that Call, Stories From the Rising Sun, When the Land is All Paved Over, All One Earth, On the Wings of Love and Man in the Moon. Rabbit in the Moon is also included--an original arrangement of a song by Rex Fowler of the nationally renowned musical duo Aztec Two-Step.

Long River Waltzes
    by Michael J. Caduto. Norwich, Vermont: LUNABLU ® music publishing company, 2000. 17 pages, 8- 1/2 x 11 trim.
Words and music to two original waltzes: Green Mountain Waltz & White Mountain Waltz (New Hampshire Autumn).