About the Book
The story about Drakestail ("Bout-'d-Canard") was first published by Charles Marelle in 1888, but probably has its roots in 18th century French folklore, probably as satirical commentary on the political situation of the time. Though not a fairy tale in the Waldorf sense, it still has many elements of fairy tale and fable imagery that are very fitting for either grades one or two. The cast of 24 characters can easily be adjusted both up and down, depending on class size.
Drakestail's message that "No one can ever have too many friends" is sure to resonate with this age group!
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Arne Kaiser soon moved to Norway. It was from his 10th year, after moving to the city of Bergen, that he attended a Waldorf school, in what he describes as an excellent experience. Eighteen years old he moved back to the Netherlands, where he met his future wife. After several career paths, he earned his B.A. in Waldorf Education. He taught at the Geert Groote School in Amsterdam, a Waldorf school, for a number of years, until he and his wife -also a Waldorf teacher- moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, in 2002, where they taught at Pine Forest School, a Waldorf-inspired charter school. For most of these years he was happily teaching the older elementary school students, until a need in the school in 2010 had him take a 1st grade. In 2015 they moved to Maui, Hawai'i, to teach at the Haleakala Waldorf School. It has been a joyous journey, that has expanded him personally and professionally. After 20+ years teaching, he still loves his profession!