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Barefoot Books’ co-founder Nancy Travery’s message


At the Barefoot Books International Conference 2008 in Cambridge, MA, Barefoot Book’s co-founder and CEO Nancy Traversy welcomed all the guests and stallholders and delivered a very insightful message to everybody at the audience. She was very enthusiastic and honest in every word she said, which truly made me feel connected with her and the company she and Tessa Strickland started in 1993.

What I liked about Nancy was that she was very transparent in her message. She talked about their victories, the challenges that she and Tessa overcame for the past 15 years as the visionaries of the Barefoot Books. She was as vivid and colorful as the stories that the Barefoot Books publishes. You could certainly tell that you can not separate the company from her ~ because she speaks genuinely from the heart in every aspect of the company. She was proud to admit about their failures in setting up the Barefoot Books and even openly told us about all the mishaps she’s had between balancing motherhood and being a CEO of a very cause-driven, people-oriented and socially-aware company. I’d have to say she is truly a walking image of SUCCESS and I would like to share with everybody what I’ve highlighted from her message to Barefoot Books Stallholders and how you could apply that as well to whatever you do.
According to her, “Success comes with perseverance.” and with that said, she definitely persevered and still doing so with all the plans she and Tessa’s got for the company. Nancy pointed that in order to attain success here are few things to remember:
1. Simplify 
2. Focus on building relationships – isn’t it that life is all about relationships? No man is an island. She said, “Listen to their stories.”
3. Appreciate opportunities
4. Believe in community 
5. Be pioneering – Don’t just sit there and follow the traditional path. Do something that is unique. Do something more creative and pioneer in what you do.
6. Redefine success  – Success is not always determined with how much do you earn in a year or how much money do you have in the bank but maybe if we redefine success based on other social causes and helping our community that might be a lot better.
In accordance with the conference theme of Telling Stories, I wanted to share what Nancy Traversy said about storytelling ~ that Storytelling is the heart of what it means to be humans! Learning the facts is important but story and imagination are far more powerful.

Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton (Barefoot Book Review)


Mother Goose Remembers
Compiled and Illustrated by: Clare Beaton  

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Hardcover with CD; Full-color illustrations; 64pp;
9 x 10.25 inches
Awards and Honors:

NCSS–CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2000
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book of the Year, 2001
Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition, 2000

Recent praise:

“Beaton stitches and appliques her way through 46 nursery rhymes, including a few less familiar treasures…. She exquisitely and inventively crafts each picture from felt, antique fabrics and bric-a-brac. In “I Had a Little Nut Tree,’ for example, the tree is made from eyelet fabric and dotted with tiny wooden beads. Beaton’s work evokes the cozy domesticity and unhurried days of a bygone era, and many adults may find it refreshing to find a Mother Goose untainted by zingy modern ironies.” – Publishers Weekly

Book Review:

This book is a compilation of 46 popular nursery rhymes with unique hand-sewn illustrations by Clare Beaton. Her illustration technique is so distinctive you would think it is a real 3-d hand-sewn book! Her artwork consists of antique fabrics, old jewelry, threads, bric-a-brac, laces, and other stuffs put together to form a collage! Her rendition of these nursery rhymes in a collage and not in ink gives the child the longing to touch them. Look at this nursery rhyme from her book and tell me if you do not think you would like to touch them as well. Look closer, even closer…

A partial list of the nursery rhymes compiled in this book are the following:

Humpty Dumpty – page 9

The Grand Old Duke of York – page 10

To Market, To Market – page 17

The Woman who lived in a shoe

Sing a Song of Sixpence – page 20

This Little Pig Went to Market – page 22

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep – page 25

Ring Around the Roses – page 27

Little Bo Peep – page 29

Little Miss Muffet – page 33

Rock-a-Bye Baby – page 34

Jack Be Nimble – page 57 (my all time favorite – I can still memorize it: Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be quick, Jack jump over the candle stick!)

Hey Diddle Diddle – page 58 –


I highly recommend this book for the new mothers, and pregnant women who would like to learn the many nursery rhymes that babies would like to listen to. Also, this book is a great gift for baby showers – especially that this book comes with a CD plus an introduction from one of the Barefoot books publishers, Tessa Strickland explaining about the significance of Mother Goose and where did it originate. I learned from her Introduction that a mother goose is a carrier of the great Hindu goddess Sarawasti, the goddess of learning language, music and arts.

– Alpha