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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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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
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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