Why do we need magical worlds

After reading an article or two I have started to think about the importance of magic in our lives and how magical worlds in books can help us to cope with every day activities.

When we are aware of magical worlds we can remember back to how a character coped when faced with mountain trolls, what the character did when they really just wanted to go home or how they felt when faced with a place that was completely different to the one they knew.

Magical worlds aren’t only in longer novels, they can also be found in picture books and both types of magical worlds are just as wonderful as each other.

Inside these magical worlds are strong characters, whether they be frightening or relatable – many have to ‘toughen up’ in order to cope with the dangers and differences they have to experience every day.

Experiencing others daily lives is important to not only to build empathy but to also build a greater understanding of ourselves. I’m sure if you sit down and think about it, there are always characters in books that spring to your mind at different occasions.

Magical worlds spark ideas, they arouse different feelings and the inspire us to think beyond our daily lives – they help us to wonder what life could be like if something out of the ordinary happens.

 

So what magical books are you going to read today?

I’ve just started a short unit of work on magical lands with some year one students.

We’ve explored portals, journeys and characters who get to go there! 

We are working out which characters usually go to these magical worlds and why they go there. 

If you would like to know more about creating a great unit of work like this, get in touch: nes.ryan@bigpond.com

Check this article out

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/14/were-dealing-with-monsters-why-adults-need-kids-books-more-than-ever

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3 comments

  1. There must be something in the air. I woke up this morning with my own burning desire to talk about leisure reading. I agree completely. Some of us need the little bit of magic to keep us going.

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