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.
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.
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.)