Deas and Other Imaginings

Award-winning author Valerie Tarico and acclaimed artist Tony Troy weave a tapestry of ten timeless folktales and create a world in which ideas – Deas – literally come to life. In this magical and morally challenging world, hard-won lessons are taught by trolls, animal guides, menacing interlopers, and magi who guide young heroes and heroines to safety … but only after an adventure which teaches timeless values: Hope, Perseverance, Empathy, Honor, Courage, Compassion, and Love.

This poignant collection, originally composed by Dr. Tarico for her own children, is mesmerizing young and old readers alike. Written in the style of traditional wisdom tales, these stories have layers of meaning that are fun and accessible to children, gratifying to adults, and inspirational to both. Somewhere between Zen and folktales, child’s play and wisdom, dreaming the world and healing it, these ten stories reflect humanity’s deepest shared values.

Production and shipping costs are donated so that 100% of proceeds from Deas and Other Imaginings go to support the Wisdom Commons.  

Hardcover, Illustrated. 132 pp.  $23.95


The old crafters of myths and fairy tales were master psychologists. Their stories have helped countless generations to learn about power and courage, fear and loss, devotion and commitment, and above all how to be true to oneself. With Deas and Other Imaginings, Valerie Tarico is making a sublime and important new contribution to this ancient genre. What a gift to today’s children!
~Chris Mercogliano,  author of In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids Inner Wildness, How to Grow a School, Teaching the Restless: One School’s Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed

How captivating and inspiring are these stories and their accompanying artwork! As a child, a great deal of my moral and ethical formation evolved from immersion in fairytales, fables and myths. Indeed, my own sense of spirituality has its roots in the world of latent power made manifest through innate longing, courage, inquisitiveness, and receptivity. Through Deas, Dr. Tarico suspends reality, yet takes us to a place more authentic than our everyday world. It is a world where the divine child lives and where all good things are possible. This world is for adults as well as children, and it is one we can gratefully enter when reading Deas.
~Reverend Donna Johnson, Senior Minister at Unity Church of Fairfax, Board Chair for Unity Worldwide Ministries, and Advisor to Pinnacle Academy, an award-winning elementary school specializing in math and technology for the future

Children develop a unique empathy and appreciation for ethical principles by identifying with characters in favorite stories. With luminous visual imagery and ingenious narrative dexterity, Tarico gives us stories about the development of universal wisdom. Her captivating characters who are often children coming of age discover essential life truths from their myriad experiences. They wrestle with extreme hardship, greed, hubris, narrow-mindedness, and vanity. Assisted by compassionate elders and their own evolving moral compasses, they learn to care for the vulnerable, face adversity with courage, and value humanitarianism in their communities.
~Laura Kastner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and co-author of Wise Minded Parenting, Getting to Calm, and The Seven Year Stretch.

About the Author
Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., is a psychologist, social commentator and author. She graduated from Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts college, and then she earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Tarico s first book, Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, examines her early evangelical beliefs through the lens of her psychological training and life experience. Trusting Doubt was awarded a Silver medal in the Religion category at the Independent Publishers Book Awards. More broadly, Dr. Tarico is committed to promoting interfaith dialogue and the shared values which link all humanity. She also manages, an interactive library of stories, poems, quotations, and essays about character virtues that are universally shared among secular, religious, and wisdom traditions.

About the Artist
Illustrator Tony Troy was born in Liverpool, England and attended London University, where he obtained a bachelor s degree in Physics. With little ambition for the world of science, Mr. Troy bounced from one job to the next, until one day when he met a street artist drawing portraits of tourists. Captivated, Mr. Troy paused to talk with the artist and share his dream of becoming an artist himself. Suddenly, the portraitist announced he had a flight to catch. What about your gear? Mr. Troy asked. Too heavy to take on the plane, Mate, was the answer. Tell you what: Since you dream of being an artist, it s all yours! So began a long and successful career in the arts.Mr. Troy has been featured at art shows in London, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, and the United States. His portraits have been hung at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Pastel Society in London. Currently, he accepts commissioned work and may be contacted at his website:

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Oracle Institute Press LLC; First edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977392945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977392940
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches

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