This book blends fantasy and reality to tell the story of childlike characters called Squnches. They emerge from their shells in a safe, wonderful valley where they grow and develop under the guidance of the Wind and other wise, colorful characters. Eventually, they evolve into loving, compassionate people, ready to leave the valley in bubbles and share their gifts and talents with the world. Children will identify with the Squnches as they face similar developmental challenges in their lives.
The eighteen stories are meant to be read aloud to young children up to seven or eight, who may also enjoy acting them out. Children from nine to twelve and older can read the book for themselves but may also enjoy listening to the stories presented as guided imagery exercises that inspire creative expression. Teachers, parents, and therapists will find the stories delightful and useful as teaching tools for all ages.