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Secret Spaces of Childhood
Whether it's real or imaginary, every child has a secret space, and this remarkable book explores them all. For some it's a treehouse or a hidden spot beneath a bush; for others it's a private psychic refuge--a favorite book, or a dollhouse that becomes a stage for a young imagination. As the more than four dozen pieces collected here reveal, such spaces play a key role in ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 11th 2003 by University of Michigan Press
(first published September 10th 2003)
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I read this for class. I liked quite a few of the reflections on secret spaces, but a lot were really boring/dense/uninteresting. The introduction was a chore to get through. I knew what she was talking about, but it seemed to be all over the place. And the last story was awful. Really not a good note to end on at all.
this book has left me a little obsessed with the desire to get my children playing outdoors everyday. with a backyard the size of a tennis court, we're planning "secret spaces" upwards, dreaming of treehouses, and three-story forts.(question is, will i let them play in it or want it to myself.)
I loved this book when I read it several years ago so I'm pulling it back out as I think about my own and my kids' secret spaces. Goodenough compiled essays, photos, and poetry commemorating those hidden secret places where some of the magic of childhood takes place.