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A radio that thinks but cannot move or speak to help the humans around it. Mice who struggle with money and social acceptance. A dragon condemned to a harsh life.

This issue is a celebration of perspectives. Seeing from the point of view of an animal or an object, or even from the vantage point of a very unique person (as in “Rainbow”) reminds us of how limited our own perspective is, in the larger scheme. It also reminds us to treat others—people, animals, and things—with kindness and respect. Their lives may be different from ours, but they are still valuable.

This issue is also a celebration of winter and the holidays. Every year, I hope for snow in December, and the past few years, it hasn’t always happened. Maybe our idea of winter and our image of the holidays will need to evolve as our climate continues to change. In the meantime, let’s hope for snow!

Finally, in this longer-than-normal issue you’ll also find an excerpt from Born on the First of Two by Anya Geist, whose book I selected to publish as an editor’s pick in our 2020 Book Contest. I’m thrilled to announce that, as of December 1st, you can order Anya’s book at our store—amazon.com/stonesoup! Anya’s novel follows Maya as she journeys from the Land of the Clouds down to Earth, where she was born, and where she is convinced her destiny lies. Anya’s book gripped me from start to finish. It’s the perfect book to curl up on the sofa with on a cold, cold wet day.

Wishing you the best this holiday season,