Fantasy is the first line of defense against every sort of fear

“Fantasy, of course, is the first line of defense against every sort of fear, and, in fantasy play, the children discover the value of peer support as they dare to put the beanstalk and forest to the test. Gradually their private protective symbols blend with communal rituals to build semblances of safe retreats in the outside world.”

Ref: p.162 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling in the classroom.  Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England.

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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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