Over forty years ago, Joan Bodger, her husband, and two children went to Britain on a very special family quest They were seeking the world that they knew and loved through childrens books.In Winnie the Pooh Country, Mrs Milne showed them the way to that enchanted place on the top of the Forest where a little boy and his Bear will always be playing In Edinburgh they stood outside Robert Louis Stevensons childhood home, tilting their heads to talk to a lamplighter who was doing his job In the Lake District they visited Jemima Puddle Ducks farm, and Joan sought out crusty Arthur Ransome to talk to him about Swallows and s They spent several days messing about in boats on the River Thames, looking for Toad Hall and other places described by Kenneth Grahame in The Wind in the Willows Mud and flood kept them from attaining the slopes of Pooks Hill on Rudyard Kiplings farm , but they scaled the heights of Tintagel As in all good fairy tales, there were unanswered questions Did they really find Camelot Robin Hood, as always, remains elusive.One thing is certain Joan Bodger brings alive again the magic of the stories we love to remember She persuades us that, like Emily Dickinson, even if we have never seen a moor, we can imagine how the heather looks.First published in 1965 by Viking in New York, How the Heather Looks has become a prized favorite among knowledgeable lovers of childrens literature Precious, well thumbed copies have been lent out with caution and reluctance, while new admirers have gone searching in vain for copies to buy second hand This handsome reprint, with a new Afterword by Joan Bodger, makes a unique and delightful classic available once .From the Hardcover edition....
|Title||:||How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books|
|Publisher||:||Emblem Editions Reprint edition February 16, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||264 pages|
|File Size||:||572 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books Reviews
This book was written in 1958. A family goes to England for a summer holiday and travels to many different sites to see where a number of famous children's books were written. They have a 10 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. It is absolutely delightful and FULL of good authors and books! Highly recommended!
We have a fondness for British children's literature from the early 20th century. When I learned about this book through our homeschool curriculum, it seemed like a good bet. My oldest was supposed to read it the following term. However, as soon as the book arrived in the house, my middle child read it in every spare minute over the next couple of days. The older child finished it within a day or two later. We have not gotten around to discussing the book yet, but their enthusiasm for it makes me think the discussion will be lively.
What a dear glimpse into a once-in-a-lifetime journey through England with a couple and their two young children! I enjoyed reading about all the books that brought them to each site. And it's bittersweet to read about their family after the return home.
Beautifully written by a naturalist. We used this in our homeschool and the children didn't just learn about the natural world, they "experienced" it! We used it in Jr. High school ages, can also be used in high school.
How the Heather Looks by Joan Bodger is quite well written, it can be slightly boring at times, but overall is pretty good.
Arrived in a timely fashion exactly as described. Thank you!
You're enjoyment of "How the Heather Looks" may be in direct proportion to your ability to instantly recall scenes from classic British children's books. And not just the "classic" classics, mind you, but some rather obscure works indeed, classic for their quality instead of their familiarity. Do you know the illustrated verses of Randolph Caldecott? How about Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" or Kipling's "Puck of Pook's Hill?"
If you love children's books and/or are an Anglophile at heart, you will love this book. The Bodger family is on a quest around England to find Pooh's Enchanted Place, Toad Hall and other places from classic British children's books. In addition to enjoying their literary discoveries, I enjoyed Joan Bodger's descriptions of the special challenges of traveling with young children. Food, laundry, and places for their children to play are as important as locating Beatrix Potter's farm. While reading this book I felt as if I were on a vacation with some very good friends. I loved this book.