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Beasts at bedtime : revealing the environmental wisdom in children's literature

Author: Liam Heneghan
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Talking lions, philosophical bears, very hungry caterpillars, wise spiders, altruistic trees, companionable moles, urbane elephants: this is the magnificent menagerie that delights our children at bedtime. Within the entertaining pages of many children's books, however, also lie profound teachings about the natural world that can help children develop an educated and engaged appreciation of the dynamic environment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liam Heneghan
ISBN: 9780226431383 022643138X
OCLC Number: 1004254984
Description: 338 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Section one. On reading. The existential princess : a fairy tale. Beasts at bedtime : reading about nature with children ; Doctor Dolittle and the question of reading --
Section two. Pastoral stories. Topophilia. The pastoral promise : and they all lived happily ever after ; The ecology of Pooh ; Peter Rabbit's brutal paradise ; In the garden of earthly delights ; Beyond the pool of darkness : the pastoral roots of Irish stories --
Section three. Wilderness stories. Lost in the Popo Agie Wilderness. On the Mallard ; Where the wild things always were ; Wild and Grimm fairy tales : wilderness on the margins ; "Gollumgate" : Tolkien and Ireland ; "I am in fact a hobbit" : Tolkien as environmentalist ; The tin woodman's path of carnage through the Land of Oz ; Hunger and thirst in Suzanne Collins's Hunger games --
Section four. Children on wild islands. Old Tom's island. The why and the what of islands ; Archmage Ged, Merlin, and Harry Potter and the training of wizards and witches ; Is L.T. Meade the real author of Enid Blyton's famous five? ; Robinson Crusoe : now here's a cannibalism tale for every child ; On isles benevolent; on isles malevolent --
Section five. Urban stories. The urban wild. The urban to rural gradient of children's stories : The happy prince ; Antipathy to urban life in nursery rhymes ; Urban decay : R. Crumb in the nursery ; The escape artist : Calvin and Hobbes and the suburban idyll ; Babar : elephant and urban adapter --
Section six. Learning to care. And the world hummed back. Caring for the rose : environmental literacy and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The little prince ; What then should we do? : the Lorax in the twenty-first century --
Section seven. Good night, sleep tight. In the tot lot. Bookend conversations.
Other Titles: Revealing the environmental wisdom in children's literature
Responsibility: Liam Heneghan.

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In Beasts at Bedtime, scientist (and father) Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children's stories.  Read more...

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