Magic In Stories!

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There is magic in stories. Magic is the transmutation of objects or the manipulation of the world in ways that move outside the realm of science. Whether or not magic is real in the sense of the here and now world is not the point; magic is a metaphor for fiction. Stephen King says, “books are a uniquely portable magic” (104). This magic is in the words, in their transmitting from the writer to the reader other worlds and ideas. In writing fiction, writers create a world that was not there; even so-called realistic, literary writers create an alternate world that readers inhabit when they read the book. The writers and the readers, in a mystical incantation, create another reality, one that can be so strong sometimes that readers can be moved to tears or laughter or sadness or joy or grief or sorrow or despair or hope. Readers…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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17 Responses to Magic In Stories!

  1. Oh, Jennie. I have lost my magic. Reality is awful without it.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Great choice to reblog. Stories are the food that allows our imagination to grow. Without them, life would be dull.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. True there is magic in stories

  4. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much!

  5. The magic of stories has been an enduring constant in my life, from my first moments of consciousness.

  6. Thank you for mentioning, Jennie! So true, with stories we can dive into other worlds, making our own thoughts, not like in movies pre-created ones. Michael

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