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Robert McCarty
I'm writing books for dog lovers and children.
Interests: Friendship and family, books, , travel, films, dogs, peace, soccer, learning, joy and laughter...
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Did they really save Christmas? The question has been asked by children and adults for many years. And there have been many who tried to answer these questions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Mysteries, unexplainable events, magic and wonder, have been woven into the fabric of life for most of the time we've been on this planet. One man's fox was also a prince; one princess' frog was also a prince; and a beast may be transformed into a handsome prince when a tear of love falls on his cheek. Fairy tales are the echoes of days gone by, when reality had many meanings. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Wonder tales have wonderful examples of stories portraying the human struggle to not succumb to violent power...Miyazaki in How'ls Moving Castle made a brilliant anti-war film. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Tales of wonder usually have happy endings. They may have danger and darkness, forbidden places and strange creatures, witches and cruel magic...but wonder tales -- fairy tales -- do have happy endings. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
The forests were places of lost and abandoned children; homes of witches, elves, and dwarfs. They were the place where wondrous events occurred...The forests were a threshold of wonder. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
"Wonder has no opposite; it springs up already doubled on itself, compounded of dread and desire at once, attraction and recall, producing a thrill, the shudder of pleasure and of fear.." Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
And it all started with the imagination of J.K. Rowling -- and an 8 year old girl who liked to read, who helped open the doors to a world wonder, a world of fantasy, magic and imagination for millions of children, teenagers, moms and dads around the world. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
The Power of Films...When reading a book, a child's imagination is stimulated by the words, the descriptions and ideas that come from the words -- and perhaps some illustrations. When a child enters a movie theater, and experiences a movie, they are enveloped by images (many from computer animation), sound effects, and music... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Life was harsh for the country people who told this story to relieve the cruel reality of their daily existence. Hansel and Gretel encounter abandonment, fear, hunger, cannibalism, and magic...they are lost in a cruel world of kill or be killed. The children must rely on their own courage and ingenuity to survive and prevail. Welcome to the world of the wonder tale. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Here at last is a transformation that promises real change in our understanding of fairy-tale magic, for suddenly we discover that the divide between passive princesses and dragon-slaying heroes may be little more than a figment of the Grimm imagination." Maria Tatar Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Jack Zipes has translated the original Grimm fairy and folk tales for the first time in English. Maria Tatar has translated into English the Turnip Princess (February 2015) publication, the "lost" fairy tales of von Schonwerth. Both of these books are major events in the world of folklore, fairy tales, and children's literature. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books