Winner of the Storytelling World Honor Award, 1999 Stories hold the promise of illuminating generation after generation of listeners with truths at each new telling. In this delightful collection of wisdom tales, parables, and anecdotes from around the world, Elisa Pearmain offers an uplifting story for each week of the year to invite persons of all ages to discover the universal power of ""Once upon a time . . . "" Presenting timeless tales from a panoply of cultures, along with questions for reflection, she gives creative suggestions to strengthen our connection to our spiritual selves and to the wondrously diverse world around us. ""A lovely collection of short tales from different spiritual traditions."" --The Living Church ""The more I work with this book the more I like it. I put it on a list of best books to use with teens. A charming gift for anyone who needs to learn the value of story."" --Margaret Read MacDonald, Author, Folklorist Elisa Davy Pearmain is a professional storyteller, licensed therapist, author and consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and award-winning author of Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying (2006).