In this creative and exciting new retelling of the Creation-Story we take an adventure to discover the gifts of curiosity, possibility, kindness, and connection.Welcome to the adventures of Rat Dark and Rat Light, two celestial beings born from the pure stardust of an exploding star. As the cosmic stardust descends to earth, it becomes reversed and STAR turns into RATS, and so the adventure of the StarRats begins.As our heavenly duo are “born,” a wondrous world is revealed. Not knowing yet of earthly ways, our new friends rely on help from a cast of earthly creatures as they traverse the Path of Possibility. As they learn, feel, and experience new things, our StarRats share their own unique gifts with all they meet. This is only the beginning of their adventure!
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Sometimes the most sacred lessons, such as the gift of discovery, curiosity, possibility, and kindness gain value from a new rendition.The tale of the StarRats grew out of Joy Moulton’s own spiritual and creative unfolding. Joy wrote the trilogy to express the essence of the many wonders, teachings, and insights she’s been blessed with so far on her 90-year journey.Joy created her first rat dolls in the 1960s when her young children enjoyed dressing the rats in clothes made for Barbie and Ken dolls. The StarRats’ story emerged years later while Joy was living at Aldermarsh, the home and retreat center she founded on Whidbey Island. At that time, Aldermarsh was becoming well-known for the way its intimate connection with nature-inspired personal and spiritual growth.When Joy and Tom Giffin began making felt dolls of the Star Rats’ descendants, using Joy’s rat- doll design, individual characters with uplifting stories began to emerge. Joy began to wonder whether a unifying story wanted to be told. The answer came in the middle of a night in the Fall of 2008, when she woke with the StarRats’ first two stories flowing through her in rhyme. She eventually taught herself to draw and paint in watercolor so she could illustrate the StarRats’ beautiful journeyJoy has retired from Aldermarsh to a cabin she built on her daughter Sarah’s farm on Whidbey Island. The beauty and power of the Aldermarsh retreat center continue to nourish the spirits of people from around the world. The StarRats books are a wondrous trilogy depicting a unique and inspiring re-telling of the ‘Origin Story’ from a mystical, source-filled, light-centered place. Using lyrical rhyming couplets, author, Joy Moulton, has woven an intricate, epic poem sweet enough for a 3-year-old and meaty enough for a 99-year-old. Joy taught herself the art of watercolor and has painstakingly created every piece of the original artworkAfter a celestial mishap, when “star” reversed became “rats”, the StarRats tumbled to earth, to show us that our true nature is one of curiosity and kindness.In Book 1, you will meet the celestial StarRats—Light and Dark— who choose the Path of Possibility instead of the straight and narrow way. They find their earthly journey challenges their innate joy and innocence as they grow.With the assistance of a cast of earthly creatures, this lilting tale reminds each of us to honor our emotions and inner guidance: We are greater than the sum of our parts.