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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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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 2 days ago at Barking Planet Children's Books
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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It was Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol that changed Christmas...Dicken's notion that the true Christmas spirit embodied caring and generouisity -- especially for those less fortunate -- influenced the thinking of multitudes and transformed the holiday. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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This was how the troubles began. And they continued to grow -- missing reindeer, stolen sleds, winter storms – until it seemed there could be no more Christmas. It was then that Daisy, Bean, and the dogs who would become known as the Snow Valley Heroes arrived in Santa Claus Village…" - See more at: http://www.typepad.com/site/blogs/6a00e54f0fa079883400e54f0fa07c8834/compose/preview/post#sthash.fFciqP2s.dpuf Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Is Middle Earth the past? Is Panem modeled after ruthless dictatorships of the past? Is the harsh world of the Grimm's more than a reflection of the past? Does children's literature, in books and movies, bring the past into the present? Can childhood stories open the doors of the mind to the present -- and the future? Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Thank you PDF and Kirsten for your ongoing and meaningful support of therapy and service dogs and organizations. I will post about this latest grant on our next Barking Planet monthly blog. Robert McCarty Barking Planet Productions
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Mythology has no borders. Fairy tales have no borders. Reading opens the doors that take the child beyond all borders. From castles and great forests, To ocean storms and island kingdoms, From fear and darkness, to light and peace. For a child who has found the stories, there are no borders to the imagination. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books