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2019 FINALIST

 

"Sarosy expertly depicts the rhythms of the natural world."


- Kirkus Reviews

 

What happens when we give our time and undivided attention as fathers, not just our resources? It changes us as men. In these simple, heartwarming stories about a father and daughter, we follow the first year of the Earth Children, a forest kindergarten in the scenic mountains and canyons of Northern New Mexico. The stories will leave you laughing, surprised, and occasionally uncomfortable. An in-depth look at the simplicity of childhood, it reminds us of what we all experience when the natural world is abundant, few distractions are present, and we are surrounded by love. Names and details have been changed for privacy, but the stories are true.

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The stories in A Father’s Life are true, but some names have been changed for privacy. Here are some of the main characters:

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Plants

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Animals

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Neighbors

 

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Praise From Readers

 

“I can’t stop loving these stories. a joyous ride for anyone who was once a child and isn’t anymore.”

“Joe has a natural and authentic way with children. He is himself, and he invites kids to be the same.”

“You may be one of the most magical, captivating writers I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I look forward to these stories like you can't imagine."

"How rich, exciting, and needed. Thank you."

“Magnificent exploration and writing. Breaks the sky in half.”

“So much fun!”


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About the author

Joseph Sarosy is a single father and teacher in Northern New Mexico. Since 2016, he has shared stories like those in A Father’s Life on his blog www.offgridkids.org. He has written for fatherly.com and kosmosjournal.org.

In 2016, Joe partnered with Silke Markowski, a Waldorf kindergarten teacher with over thirty years of experience. In 1995, Silke co-founded the Taos Waldorf School, then left in 2016 to form an independent forest kindergarten. For two years, Joe was her assistant. It was during that time that these stories were written. In 2018, Joe formed a loosely collaborative 1st grade with the intention of forming a multi-age group of children he plans to teach through the 8th grade. They are now in their second year of formation.

On any given day, you can find Joe, Silke and their students feasting on education in the forests and canyons of New Mexico - rain, snow or shine. That is, if you can find them.

In his free time, Joe also supports small, local efforts to lift dads up everywhere. The #Greatdad Campaign is an effort to make visible all the wonderful dads in the world today. We want to share your story. Learn more.