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Whispering woods - tales from the Caledonian Forest [Paperback]

Alan Crawford , Susan Gray
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pica Design (15 July 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 095611265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956112651
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Whispering Woods' is a collection of stories about Scotland's native trees, that weave together threads of mythology and lore, herbal medicine, uses of timber and wood, woodland ecology and imagination to produce unique tales that are appealing to adults and children alike. These stories will both entertain and inform. Whilst entering into the imaginary world of the story, the reader or listener will also start to become more familiar with the features of our native trees and their associated flora and fauna, leading to a deeper understanding of how species, including ourselves, depend on one another and the environment for survival. These beautifully illustrated stories evolved through a fortuitous, accidental meeting between the author and a teacher searching for original stories to read to children in the forest - stories that would both capture their imagination and enhance their understanding of, and respect for, the woodland environment. They will bring much pleasure to all who love the natural world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book was a chance find. Browsing the web looking for content to enhance an "ad hoc" discrete Interdisciplinary Learning program for S2 pupils in a Clackmannanshire school based around the unifying theme of Blackmuir Wood as a context for curiosity, exploration, woodcraft and associated learning, I came across the author's Amazon-based e-commerce site. The book promises a lot, yet delivers much, much more.
Each story focuses on a single native tree species and a Highlander with a strong affinity for the woods in general and the tree in particular. Proper names of people and place have been carefully chosen with respect to Gaelic roots. As a fluent speaker of Irish Gaelic, I cannot fault the author's research or evident joy in his subject matter. The healing effects of woodland are to the fore, whether through frequent mention of folk remedies or, more often, the spiritual positivity and mental healing experienced by people in woodland.
There are frequent appearances of the Sidhe and other woodland spirits. The Anglo-Celtic prose is shot through with a shimmering shamanism and, in its use of repetitive phrases, so soothingly reminiscent of Gaelic folklore that it demands to be read out loud to a small group. A comprehensive glossary explains the allusions as well as offering some guidance in pronunciation (Scots Gaelic) for the uninitiated.
At a time when fantasy and fairy-tale are reconquering the cinema and visual arts, and in the wake of the Harry Potter phenomenon, this book will appeal to children of all ages between 8 and 80. Ahead of 18th September 2014, it may help some Caledonians to reconnect with their nearly-forgotten culture. Its appeal is much wider, though, than the lands depicted in its pastel illustrations. I heartily recommend this book. If you go down to the woods today .....
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5.0 out of 5 stars whispering woods 1 Jun 2013
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The book arrived really quickly an in perfect condition; Alan even added a hand-written note to the bottom of the receipt - a nice little touch.

The book itself is a collection of stories about activities that take place in a woodland setting. Great for anyone who wishes to tell stories around a campfire or to a group of students. As with all storytelling, you take the main theme and apply your own 'talents' to suit your place and audience, but a great resource with some good stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 24 Jan 2013
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Fantastic book ! Can't wait to have children so I can read it to them !! Like I said fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 17 Jan 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my daughter after being told about it by the owner of a lovely shop on the royal mile in Edinburgh. She was reading it at the time and highly recommended it! As my daughter was with me at the time I didnt purchase it then but from Amazon when I got hom as it was to be a surprise. We both love the book, its informative yet magical and beautiful! I also liked the personal touch of a little note from the author on the invoice for the book.
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An absorbing read, and will look out for further volumes featuring more and different trees. Great for us as a family based in one of the Scottish National Parks to give another dimension to the great outdoors and family walks.
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