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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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Ultimately, A Chrstmas Carol influenced the thinking of generations of readers, and transformed the spirit of the Christmas holiday. The transformation was influenced by Dickens' passionate belief that the true Christmas spirit embodied caring and generosity -- especially for those less fortunate. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Barking Planet Children's Books
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They were told through the centuries whereever people gathered -- in the spinning rooms, the taverns, the market square, in the fields.In the oral tales that have been written down and preserved, no matter how dark the story, there is always hope...as in The Secret Garden. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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"Fantasy puts the world into perspective in a way that 'realistic' literature rarely does. It is not so much an escape from the here-and-now as an expansion of each reader's horizons." Jane Yolen quoted by Terri Windling Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Here is a world of fantasy alive. Fantasy belongs to all the arts. Fantasy lives in the imagination. Fantasy is not limited by time or place. It is limited only by the mind of the individual. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Virtual reality has been with us since humans first told stories. Today, the term has become identified with the digital world and computer games. Virtual Reality lives in the imagination. Virtual reality lives in fairy tales...wonder tales. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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How would it feel to be the smallest child in a family of seven brothers when famine is sweeping the land? When there is no end in sight to starvation, when illness and war seem to be endless... Hope comes from those with courage, cleverness, and heart, even if they are the smallest. Welcome to the world of Charles Perrault's Little Thumb. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Five thousand years ago, people were telling the story of a boy who overcame the ogre. Ogres are all powerful, huge, and devour people -- much like giants. In nineteenth century England, the boy, now known as Jack, became famous through chap books and story books. He was outwitting and killing giants. The story that was told around campfires before the bronze age has endured through time, and continues to be told and even seen around the world -- in 3D movies with music and sounds. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Alice is back...Actually she may have never gone away. She is an unusual young girl who goes down rabbit holes and walks through mirrors. Cranky flowers talk to her and she walks backwards to climb a hilltop that lies in front of her.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Excellent and inspiring article and photos. I have posted many times about PDF in my monthly blog (http://barkingplanet.typepad.com). In my May blog I will quote, post a photo, and link to this PDF post. Best wishes, Robert McCarty Barking Planet Productions
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"Maybe Harry Potter's real and your not"...John Green Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Dear Terri, By coincidence, I posted about Hansel and Gretel and Gaiman's exceptional version on my March children's literature blog...http://barkingplanet.typepad.com I also excerpted/linked your wonderful writings from Myth and Moor. Thank you, Robert
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2016 on Hansel and the trail of stones at Myth & Moor
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I have always found this to be a dark and disturbing tale. It deals with war, famine, abandonment, fear, cannibalism, a witch, dark forces and death in a rather overwhelming confluence. And the central characters are children who must experience and deal with these problems. Moreover, in Hansel and Gretel, the line between reality and fantasy is often blurred. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Enchantment takes many forms in wonder tales. Metamorphosis and transformation are part of life. In an instant, a girl, a boy, or even a powerful a prince may be transformed into a swan, a frog, a fox, a bird or a bear...And then, there is the beast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
This is wonderful and I shall send to my family in the USA. I have quoted and linked to you in my January Barking Planet children's literature blog (http://barkingplanet.typepad.com/ with your thoughts on Red Riding Hood; I am writing the February blog and again quoting and linking to you-- this time about Beauty and the Beast...I found you and your writings only recently. Thank you for all. Robert McCarty
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on Tunes for a Monday Morning at Myth & Moor
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Does children's literature, in books and movies, bring the mysteries of the past into the present? Can childhood stories open the doors of the mind to the present -- and the future? Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Hope and Celebration - Light in the darkness, time out for happiness, wonder and magic. Enter the world of tales told by people, of stories that live on. of tales of wonder, fairy tales. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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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