Enchanted Hunters: The Power Of Stories In Childhood

  • Publish Date: 2009-03-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Maria Tatar
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Highly illuminating for parents, vital for students and book lovers alike, Enchanted Hunters transforms our understanding of why children should read.

Ever wondered why little children love listening to stories, why older ones get lost in certain books? In this enthralling work, Maria Tatar challenges many of our assumptions about childhood reading. Much as our culture pays lip service to the importance of literature, we rarely examine the creative and cognitive benefits of reading from infancy through adolescence. By exploring how beauty and horror operated in C.S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia, Philip Pullmans His Dark Materials, J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter novels, and many other narratives, Tatar provides a delightful work for parents, teachers, and general readers, not just examining how and what children read but also showing through vivid examples how literature transports and transforms children with its intoxicating, captivating, and occasionally terrifying energy. In the tradition of Bruno Bettelheims landmark The Uses of Enchantment, Tatars book is not only a compelling journey into the world of childhood but a trip back for adult readers as well. 30 illustrations

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