Tag Archives: Woods

Old Road

To return to Rachel Kaplan’s argument I began to explore a while back – really to revisit my walk (not really very adventurous)  up Old Rd in Headington to the Hollow Way down into Wheatley. The Kaplans (Kaplan and Kaplan … Continue reading

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Merlin, Arthur, Bath

No, not some odd piece of fan fiction: this weekend’s visit to Bath raised further questions about ‘real’ landscapes and traditional tales. It is certainly something of a tourist pull – I admit I felt it myself. Had the ‘real’ … Continue reading

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More wolves – this time, a l’envers

I have two books in front of me as I write. One is the book I was going to write about – Sandra Beckett’s Recycling Red Riding Hood – the other (Rosa’s) is the movie companion for New Moon It … Continue reading

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Suffolk Chalk Pits

More questions than answers in this post: a work in progress. The more I think of there really being chalk pits in Suffolk, the more I want to explore more deeply my assumptions about the universal mythic landscape. A sideline … Continue reading

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I got away to a place in the wood I’d never seen before

A significant detail in Jacobs’ telling of Tom Tit Tot, especially since this story has a cognate in Rumplestiltskin that has rather that precedence over the English version, and according to a much earlier commentator, has much in common with … Continue reading

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Outside Over There: The story of the Grandmother

It was interesting reciting the edgy DeLaRue/Zipes’ reconstruction of the Story of the Grandmother to PGCE students in the woods today, those lovely dappled woods where the magpies chatter and one group saw a deer and we all felt at … Continue reading

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Escape into the Outdoors: messages from children’s literature

I’m trying, in this exploratory study, to add to an understanding of how we experiences for children in the outdoors: what professionals see as the “enabling environments’ encouraged by the new Early Years Foundation Stage and, in the context of … Continue reading

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Play Day

This was just going to be a place to put some links for Play Day really, but it is interesting to see BBC reportage on the issues around play. On the one hand, it reports that Parents feel something is … Continue reading

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