Grandfather’s Garden Story Time for Children

July 6, 2020

In 2019, Riane Eisler’s beloved partner, esteemed scholar David Loye, published his first-ever collection of children’s stories, Grandfather’s Garden. With so many of us now living, working, and homeschooling from home, what better way to spend a few minutes of your afternoon than diving into David’s tales of youthful wonder?

Check out the complete Grandfather’s Garden Story Time series with Brie Mathers, leader of the Center for Partnership Studies Girls Resiliency Education Fund and Creative Director of Love the Skin You’re In.  (Scroll down for all ten delightful episodes)!

Join Riane Eisler for a rare interview with Grandfather’s Garden author David Loye:


Riane Eisler interviews David Loye, author and publisher of Grandfather’s Garden: Some Bedtime Stories for Little and Big Folk. Social psychologist, systems-theorist, futurist, and CPS co-founder David Loye is Eisler’s beloved life partner and an esteemed scholar, author of widely respected books on the use of the brain and mind in prediction, political leadership, and race relations.

Watch Grandfather’s Garden Episodes:

Episode 1: The Carnival of Vegetables 

Episode 2: The Clam That Made a Pearl

Episode 3: The Mifwump

Episode 4: The Mystery of the Dodo in the Tum Tum Bushes

Episode 5: “The Baby Carrot That Wanted to Be a Speedboat Racer”

Episode 6: “Babbage the Cabbage”

Episode 7: “Thudglinka”

Episode 8: “Flippo the Dippo”

Episode 9: “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

Episode 10: “Phyllis the Talking Pillbox”

Grandfather’s Garden has the endearing quality of a classic of a new kind. As with the Harry Potter books, its rollicking stream of quirky tales is for “both little and big folk.” That is, it’s for “kids, teens, grownups, and for the close, warm delight of reading aloud by moms and dads to kids at bedtime.”

Send Your Drawings to Us at CPS
Children of all ages are invited to read along with their own copy of the book or listen and watch the stories unfold online. Bring crayons and your imagination and draw the magical characters! You are welcome to send an image of your child’s favorite Grandfather’s Garden drawing to Ann at, and we’ll share them with the CPS community.

Eggplants big as elephants. Tap dancing stalks of celery. A pomegranate that made of itself a big bass drum and walked around with a cheery boom boom boom.

And best of all, Grandfather’s stories. The Clam that made a pearl. The Baby Carrot who wanted to be a speed boat racer. Georgio’s Magic Bean and more—all come to life and dance across the page.

Three grandfathers worked together to give you this little book: 94-year-old author David Loye, 92-year-old illustrator Christopher Simon, and on the cover, Grandfather dancing with his friends from around the world.


Brie Mathers reads Episode 1 from Grandfather’s Garden: The Carnival of Vegetables


Brie Mathers
David Loye
Riane Eisler
Daniel Glick
David Gordon
A. Christopher Simon
Ann Amberg
Sara Saltee

Order Grandfather’s Garden

Listen to the Mifwump Blues, composed and sung by the renowned tenor/writer David Gordon.

Brie Mathers has spoken to 100 000 young women worldwide with her multi-media event Love the Skin You’re In. Inspiring young women to find compassion within themselves and for one another, and to lead a new conversation about their bodies and beings, the Canadian-born McGill University graduate conducts connective school-wide culturally transformative events about media literacy, mindfulness, and collective resiliency. Brie lives in Oakland, California with her fiancé Jonathan.

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David Loye, PhD is a social psychologist, systems-theorist, futurist, and CPS co-founder with his wife, Riane Eisler. He is the author of widely respected books on the use of the brain and mind in prediction, political leadership, and race relations. He is also the developer of new theories of moral sensitivity and evolution, and his latest book, Grandfather’s Garden, is a whimsical set of stories for “little folk and big folk.”

A former member of the psychology faculty of Princeton University, Dr. Loye was a Director of Research for the Program on Psychosocial Adaptation and the Future at the UCLA School of Medicine for nearly a decade. Loye is a co-founder of the new Society for the Study of Chaos Theory in Psychology and a co-founder of the General Evolution Research Group, a multidisciplinary group composed of scholars from Italy, France, Finland, Hungary, Russia, China and the United States, as well as an editor of the group’s journal World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.

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