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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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A World of Magic Opens Before Us . . ."Wilhelm Grimm, wrote that fairy tales were the 'last echoes of pagan myths. . . A world of magic is up before us, one which still exists among us in secret forests, in underground caves, and in the deepest sea, and it is still visible to children. (Fairy tales) belong to our national poetic heritage..." Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Mark Twain's writings embodied the still evolving, complex life of the USA in the 19th century. From river journeys to jumping frogs, his 28 books, stories, and articles were written for adults and read by multitudes of all ages. L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of OZ was an original fantasy; it was also a reflection of life in nineteenth century America, Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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"Fairy tales report from imaginary territory ...a magical elsewhere of possibility; a hero or heroine, or sometimes both together are faced with ordeals, terrors, and disaster in a world that, while it bears some resemblance to the ordinary conditions of human existence, mostly diverges from it in the way it works, taking the protagonists -- and us, the story's readers or listeners -- to another place where wonders are commonplace and desires fulfilled". -- Marina Warner -- Once Upon A Time, A Short History of Fairy Tales Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Asbjörnsen and Moe developed a friendship while still attending school and together they determined to do for Norwegian folklore what the Brothers Grimm had accomplished for German folklore...(they) sought to preserve a national treasure, one that both reflected and shaped a national identity...preserving the most profound expressions of the Norwegian soul...Asbjörnsen and Moe preserved a robust folkloric tradition and did for Norway what the Sagas did for Iceland and the Kalevala did for Finland." -- Maria Tatar, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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No frontier can keep a good story from roaming. It will travel, and travel far, and travel back again in a different guise, a changed mood, and, above all, a new meaning." -- Marina Warner Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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The Irish literary revival was born and gained momentum in the nineteenth century -- an era of famine, starvation and exodus...Irish writers and scholars began collecting and publishing fairy stories and myths. Their intentions were quite similar to the Grimm's.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Puss in Boots -- a story where a cat succeeds in changing his life, and the life of his master, from no hope and despair into a new life where he overcomes the poverty and uncertainty of their lives in a splendid way. It had a timeless appeal and ordinary people told versions of this tale for centuries . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Long ago, when folk tales were told by people in homes, in fields, in the marketplace and taverns, there were many stories of the forests.The forests were a threshold of wonder. In tales of wonder, the forest never ends. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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For centuries, imagination and oral tales, spoken or sung, explained the mysteries of life with stories. Tales were told of those with uncanny powers, saints who had the power of rekindling life, shamans and healers who called on the beyond. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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As a princess, a woman had great power, as well as all the material things that common people, who told and retold the stories, usually lacked in their own lives. But a princess cursed by dark powers into a sleep where time stood still was vulnerable and without power. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Memories of hope in children's Christmas literature from Beatrix Potter to the Wind in the Willows. . . Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Fantasy and the Real Magic of Fairy Tales. . . "By entering the world of fantasy and imagination, children and adults secure for themselves a safe space where fears can be confronted, mastered, and banished. MariaTatar Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Her oppressive family life required great secrecy about her private life. During the course of developing her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she and her editor-publisher, Norman Warne, fell in love. Beatrix was 39; he was 37. After their secret engagement, Beatrix revealed her plans to her family. A storm erupted. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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At heart, the issues raised in a work of fantasy are those we face in real life...an oppeness to compassion, love, and mercy is as essential to us here and now as it is to any inhabitant of an imaginary kingdom." -- Lloyd Alexander, Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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The variety, volume and quality of Niel Gaimon's work is awesome... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books