By David F. Rooney
Take a spider who can’t make up her mind about whether to eat a tasty-looking fly caught in her web, introduce a gentle butterfly and you get… The Tale of Miss Spider Who Spun Her Web.
This fanciful, but ultimately illuminating story by Mieke Blommestein is the spiritual healer’s first book and inaugurates what she hopes will be a series of children’s book intended to reinforce their natural belief in the power of goodness and love.
Blommestein’s simple story is well illustrated by American artist Diane Peruzzi and fulfills a long-held dream of the author’s.
Many of the stories she has been writing have, she says, been communicated to her by a spirit guide named Emanuel.
“This is the first story he told me,” she said in an interview. “But it has basically been collecting dust on a shelf. Then one day he asked me to share the stories. So this is the first step.”
Blommestein’s stories are simple and direct. They use animal characters and situations to provide moral guidance and a clear understanding of the power of love for our fellow creatures. The second book in her series, The Tale of Charlie the Toad, will be published next year.
Blommestein will be signing copies of The Tale of Miss Spider at Grizzly Books during Moonlight Madness on Nov. 27 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
You can find out more about Blommestein’s work at her website, www.storiesfrommysoul.com.