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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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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
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The Doors to Enchantment...The Brothers Grimm, J.K. Rowling, and Linda Woolverton all have something in common...they have reached the hearts and minds of millions of children (and adults) around the world. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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They are myths, folklore, fairy tales and song. They are timeless. They are tales of danger and enchantment. They are the literature of children and they live on forever. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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The danger may lie in the curse of an angry witch, the abuse of power by a king, or the cruelty of invading warriors...The reader, however, must always have courage and hope. Because, wonders never cease in these stories. And, magic events will occur to save the lost children, to transform the frog, or awaken the sleeping princess. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Wild beasts, dangerous people, and invading armies cannot be seen in the dark forests. But they are there, in the mind of the author, the teller of tales, the animator...and in the mind of the child, until the story or myth brings light, escape and salvation... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Therapy reading dogs are helping millions of kids to loose their fear of reading and opening the door to a world of imagination and learning. We believe that dogs can also teach kids about unconditional love... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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This blog is dedicated to the power of story and the worlds of wonder and imagination that are the world of children's literature. And to therapy dogs, that help reluctant children banish fear of reading. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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There is a new mythology by George RR Martin that has a huge audience in books and as a TV series. Game Of Thrones, like the European history on which it is based, is filled with treachery, violence, and darkness. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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The Kalevala contains the folk legends of Finland, passed on in rhythmic verse through the centuries by rune singers, story tellers..The Kalevala swept through Finnish consciousness, igniting feelings of national identity and a great flourishing in all the arts. "For Finnish intelligentsia the Kalevala became the emblem of the nation’s past, nationality, language and culture; a foundation on which national identity was to be built....Tolkien was influenced by the Kalevala.. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Once again, a teen age girl and her boyfriend must kill and destroy other people in sanctioned mayhem. I'm hoping parents understand that there is an air of realism in the Hunger Games films not found in Disney or Miyazaki films. There are unanswered questions about the effects of this dark fantasy on children. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Folklore and Fairy Tales...where the past lives on in the present... Fairy Tales and mythology continue to permeate our world in mass media for children and adults...."The fairy tale is in a perpetual state of becoming and alteration. To keep to one version or one translation alone is to put a robin redbreast in a cage. A fairy tale is not a text"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Reading is a turning point in life for a child. Folklore and fairy tales are filled with turning points...leaving home, overcoming difficult obstacles, finding hope in dark times. In this blog, we explore -- from John Locke to Neil Gaimon and Kevin Maher to Maria Tatar -- the importance of books in the lives of children. We also explore the contributions of therapy and service dogs to lives young and old. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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The forest has played a major role in children's literature from the earliest time. The forest was mysterious, a place of unknowns and often darkness and fear. From legends to fairy tales, the forest was a place of wonder and often a place of danger...from Winnie the Poo to Little Red Riding Hood, the forests, like the books that embrace them, have opened the doors to the imagination. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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There are thousands of new books every year. Their qualities are mostly unknown. The question is...which stories and ideas should a parent, teacher, or librarian look for to enhance the lives of children. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Barking Planet Children's Books