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By Nina Mikkelsen

This dynamic booklet delves deeply into kid's responses to literature, and specifically, to works of fable. via shut commentary over the years of kid's traditional and spontaneous reactions to books they're assigned or pick out themselves, Mikkelsen demonstrates how kids and adults can interact as equivalent companions in studying, and in addition presents vital insights into how adults can create settings during which youngsters can event the enjoyment of literature. that includes very important implications for either literary thought and lecture room perform, robust Magic explores how literature impacts kid's lives and why young ones locate fable so compelling, and specializes in what should be discovered from kid's responses instead of on what adults could imagine is critical to educate teenagers approximately literature.

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What might children enable us to see? “A wordless book,” I wrote after hearing the children’s evocation, “encourages the opening up of ideas. What are the characters thinking and feeling and saying? With written words there are answers readily available. With no words there are as many answers as readers. But pictures can ‘speak’ to readers too. We feel something even though we don’t have any words. ” DEEPENING THE EVOCATION: WRITING AND DRAWING To deepen the evocation, I invited the children to think of one picture that was special to them and to write their own special words to tell about it.

20), or the child reader putting “into words of his [or her] own story the feelings experienced through the pictures of the original” (p. 20). So the question may be which scenes children choose to tell about or re-create, rather than how many. Listening on the homefront to children’s responses to The Snowman, I noticed that Vinny (8 years, 3 months) produced a slightly longer story than Mark (5 years, 8 months) and that he responded verbally to more of the scenes. But I also noticed that both children showed a strong interest in one particular part of the story—the point at which the adult snowman enters the boy’s house and “plays” in the child’s world.

How can he fly? The wind lifts him up. He’s flying! The snow just sticks to him like a magnet. He’s far away now. In the city. At the North Pole! I think it was a dream. He [the boy] thinks it melted. It did melt. What the children emphasized in their responses told me a great deal about the book in terms of its narrative structure, sequence of events, major threads of plot, story setting, and genre (The Snowman is not just fantasy but dream fantasy, and it becomes interesting to see how, or when, children respond to this nuance of plot).

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