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The Beejum Book

Alice O. Howell

304 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Bell Pond Books


Published:  November 2010


“The unconscious psyche of the child is truly limitless in extent and of incalculable age.”
C. G. Jung

The Beejum Book offers a journey into a world of fantasy that, deep down, each of us knows and longs for. It tells the story of Teak, a child living abroad between the two World Wars. Teak’s mother tells her not to worry about being left alone, because every night, when she goes to sleep, they can meet in Beejumstan.

Teak’s travels to this magical realm bring her face to face with Lonesome, a well-attired rabbit and Beejumstan’s “ambassador without portfolio”; Figg Newton, the alchemist; the witches Rudintruda and Idy Fix; Gezeebius, the Wise Old Man; and many other fascinating characters.

Alice O. Howell is a wise woman who can present deep truths in simple and engaging ways. Through this enchanting tale, she suggests that within us are many worlds as real and compel­ling as the one we know outside.

Delightfully told and charmingly illustrated, The Beejum Book offers seekers of all ages a beautiful way of imbibing wisdom.

  • “Read this book to yourself, or read it aloud to a young child and delight in the hidden ironies of language and the pearls of wisdom you trip over when you least expect them. As Alice in Wonderland magically mirrored the Victorian world, so The Beejum Book mirrors ours.” — Marion Woodman, author of Bone: Dying into Life and Addiction to Perfection

    “This delicious, exhilarating marvel of a book has a pace, wit, fantasy, and spiritual depth. The Beejum Book will take its place with The Little Princess and Charlotte’s Web as a perennial classic.” — Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path and Son of Man

    “A new classic. Wise and funny, startling and exuberant, it offers us new ways of being as it stirs up our pluck and cunning, our courage and our commitment.” — Jean Houston, author of Jump Time and A Mythic Life

    “This book is destined to become a classic. Both young and old will find enchantment and nourishment for the soul.” — James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy

    “Sheer magic and pure delight. This book breaks upon one like a revelation.” — Philip Zaleski, editor of The Best Spiritual Writing series and author of The Recollected Heart

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