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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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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
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And of course, it is in no small measure about the journey — the surprising, unexpected journey — and a need for faith in our collective humanity, or, if you will, our fellow creatures. Even quiet, humble, respectable hobbits need an adventure from time to time. We all need a little magic in our lives." -- Storer H. Rowley's comments on Tolkien Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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From Hogwarts and His Dark Materials and beyond, storytellers have always been a gateway to the imagination. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
I hope you are healing well and that your days are good. I am grateful for the multitude of discoveries and aha moments I find as I dance through your Myth and Moor. In my May Barking Planet blog I have posted about the Westcountry School of Myth -- thanks to you. Best wishes, Robert
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"Maurice Sendak... was one of the few – and rare – writers who truly wrote for children. Not to entertain their parents, or to improve their social skills – he told the stories that children live themselves, wobbling on the uncomfortable brink between dreams, imagination and reality, where truth is whatever can be remembered, whether it really happened or not"... Morvin Crumlish Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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The Golden Age of children's literature was an "idyllic celebration of a time that never was, both an elegy for a bygone age and a fascinating work of imaginative genius." Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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..."fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world." — Angela Carter Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
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Tales of the imagination have evolved and endured through the centuries. They have been told for entertainment and enlightenment. They have been a source of hope to help ward off the darkness. They were the source of fairy tales. The song of the dream is timeless. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
Once again I find here wonderful insights, illustrations that transport me, and a warm sense of welcome. I quoted you on my current children's literature blog ( http://barkingplanet.typepad.com) from your book, (which I will read), Black Swan, White Raven. Thanks for Myth and Moor, Robert McCarty
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Hans Christian Anderson was an enigmatic man, a fertile writer, and a children's literature pioneer. He lived in a turbulent era of Danish and European history. His imaginative stories have charmed children and adults worldwide. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Barking Planet Children's Books
The magic and the beauty of this blog, your writing, and your sensibility are wondrous. Thank you always. Robert
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2016 on Happy Thanksgiving at Myth & Moor
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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 Dec 1, 2016 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