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Old Freedom Train A Waldorf Inspired Alphabet


Shayne Jackman

64 pp.  
8 1/2" x 11 3/4"
Illustrations: Color throughout

Hawthorn Press


Based on the time-tested Waldorf education methods of introducing the abstract letters of the alphabet with enlivening characterization, this book is a beautifully illustrated gem that will delight parents and children alike. Each letter is introduced with a hand-drawn picture, accompanied by a verse, poem, or nursery rhyme.

The foreword introduces the story of how the book came to be. The afterword discusses the Waldorf approach to literacy and teaching the letters of the alphabet. The words and music of the song "This Old Freedom Train" are also included. This book will bring a sense of joy and discovery to learning for both parent and child.

“My two daughters cannot get enough of this beautiful book. It is both worn and ragged now-adorned with those telltale signs of a most loved book. The illustrations are beautiful, and my older daughter is beside herself with joy, as she has just begun to realize that they form letters!” —Emily Murphy, USA