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Beasts at Bedtime reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement

on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:20

Those familiar with Tin Woodman in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Ents in The Lord of the Rings or the Once-ler in Dr Seuss’s book The Lorax may well have learnt something about the spiritual and economic value of trees, or at least the deeds of the brave but usually unromantic eco-warriors who protect them.

As the zoologist Liam Heneghan argues in his new book Beasts at Bedtime, ecological themes and nature lore have long been deeply embedded in children’s bedtime stories.

Heneghan is a professor of environmental science and co-director of DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture.

He has spent much of his adult life studying the natural world, from soil ecology and earthworm invasions to decomposing chestnut oak and acid rain.

He is also the father of two boys as well as a philosophy graduate, an avid walker and an occasional poet.

Read full article here.

Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature
Liam Heneghan
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226431383
Hardback, £20.50

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