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How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books
By Joan Bodger and Mark Lang (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Emblem Editions
Publication date February 16, 2010
Pages 249
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780771011290
ISBN-10 0771011296
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Published in Canada
Original list price $16.50
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 children’s 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 Stevenson’s childhood home, tilting their heads to talk to a lamplighter who was doing his job. In the Lake District they visited Jemima Puddle-Duck’s farm, and Joan sought out crusty Arthur Ransome to talk to him about Swallows and Amazons. 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 Pook’s Hill (on Rudyard Kipling’s 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 children’s 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 more.


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Hardcover
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Reprint edition from McClelland & Stewart Ltd (September 1, 1999)
9780771011184 | details & prices | 249 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $23.95
About: Describes places in Great Britain that were featured in children's books including possible sites of King Arthur's adventures
Paperback
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With Mark Lang (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Emblem Editions (February 16, 2010)
9780771011290 | details & prices | 249 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.50
About: Over forty years ago, Joan Bodger, her husband, and two children went to Britain on a very special family quest.

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