Toys are a child’s first experience of art

“Baudelaire, in his essay The Philosophy of Toys (1855) writes that toys are a child’s first experience of art; her first encounter with objects that are representations of the world.” (np – p4 of the introduction)

Ref: Grant Thompson ‘Introduction’ pp1-5 in Straw into Gold, by Jane Dodd and Martin Bergmans: Auckland (self-published? Assisted by CreativeNZ ISBN: 0473087464)


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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