How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British by Joan Bodger

By Joan Bodger

Over 40 years in the past, Joan Bodger, her husband, and teenagers went to Britain on a really exact kinfolk quest. They have been looking the realm that they knew and enjoyed via children’s books.

In Winnie-the-Pooh kingdom, Mrs. Milne confirmed them tips to “that enchanted position at the best of the woodland [where] a bit boy and his undergo will regularly be playing.” In Edinburgh they stood outdoor Robert Louis Stevenson’s early life domestic, tilting their heads to speak to a lamplighter who was once doing his activity. within the Lake District they visited Jemima Puddle-Duck’s farm, and Joan sought out crusty Arthur Ransome to speak to him approximately Swallows and Amazons. They spent a number of days “messing approximately in boats” at the River Thames, trying to find Toad corridor and different areas defined through Kenneth Grahame in The Wind within the Willows. dust and flood saved them from reaching the slopes of Pook’s Hill (on Rudyard Kipling’s farm), yet they scaled the heights of Tintagel. As in all strong fairy stories, there have been unanswered questions. Did they honestly locate Camelot? Robin Hood, as regularly, is still elusive.

One factor is bound. Joan Bodger brings alive back the magic of the tales we adore to recollect. She persuades us that, like Emily Dickinson, no matter if we “have by no means visible a moor,” we will think “how the heather looks.”

First released in 1965 by way of Viking in ny, How the Heather Looks has turn into a prized favourite between an expert enthusiasts of children’s literature. helpful, well-thumbed copies were lent out with warning and reluctance, whereas new admirers have long past looking in useless for copies to shop for second-hand. This good-looking reprint, with a brand new Afterword through Joan Bodger, makes a distinct and pleasant vintage to be had as soon as more.

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