Moving a Puddle
and other essays by Sandra Dodd
I found the sweetest mention on a Scottish site:
Another fantastic book if you are feeling wobbly or afraid about your decision is Moving a Puddle by Sandra Dodd. I keep it by my bed for a 3am dose sometimes.
Contains 48 essays, the original version of the interview with Emily Subler from 1998 (longer than was published), and dozens of photographs.
162 pages plus intro
Thanks to Rue and Jon Kream; Jon helped get the formatting right.
September 29, 2005, I'm finally making this book available. I want to thank Jon Kream for technical assistance, Rue Kream for encouragement, Kelly Lovejoy for being so pushy, and Pam Sorooshian for years of being an encouraging sounding board and friend. If Kirby, Marty or Holly had any shame or embarrassment, it wouldn't have been possible for me to share the fun and poignant parts of their unschooling lives all these years. I hope you find something to help your family notch up the happiness a little in one area or another.
Readers' Commentary from when the book was featured on a now-defunct site
Words born of many years' experience, Moving a Puddle offers readers a collection of previously published essays under one cover. All told, the book contains 48 essays, spanning thirteen years, as well as the full version of an interview with Sandra back in 1998.
This collection houses one of my favorite of Sandra's essays, "Your House as a Museum," which captures unschooling so palpably, but I was thrilled to discover several other little gems, no doubt many of which are squirrelled away in some corner of her website I've yet to explore.
Perhaps the best part is the physicality of the book—being able to hold it, curl up by the fire, or lay it down on the bedside table before turning out the light.
What I am finding so cool about this book, is that so many of the articles are new to me. This is despite numerous lengthy perusals of Sandra's website. Also the pictures are delightful.
This is the first, and only, unschooling book my husband has read. I read it in a few hours, really enjoying every bit of it, and then had left it out for anyone to pick up who was interested, and he did! Strewing works! LOL! Amazing.
It was a lot of fun to see the pictures of the kids, too. I think my DH really appreciated seeing other kids who were unschooling.
I enjoyed every essay. Some were challenging, others I could nod my head in agreement with. What I especially liked is the balance and common sense that is conveyed. It’s a book I can share with others who may be at different points in their experience without scaring them off. That I appreciate very much. The pictures were fun, too!!
I haven't had a chance to sit down and really read this, only skim, but I LOVE that I have all my favorite Sandra essays in one place. I've always wanted to curl up with a bunch of her writing and be able to read it all. I love all the pics of the kids too. Very cool. It's such a nice glimpse into the Dodd household and how natural learning unfolds through the years...from toddlerhood to teenhood.
Melissa Wiley shared sweet enthusiasm about this book, and my site, in 2007: Lovely, Lovely Low Tide