Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Why Do We Need Fairy Tales and Fantasy?"

In their new book, Faerie Gold: Treasures from the Lands of Enchantment (a collection of classics for young readers), Kathryn Lindskoog and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker include a message to parents and teacher entitled "Why Do We Need Fairy Tales and Fantasy?" Here's the outline of their reasons:

  1. They stimulate imagination and creativity.
  2. They help readers empathize with others and develop compassion.
  3. They carry readers beyond the restrictions of time and space and promote a sense of mystery and transcendence.
  4. They satisfy the innate desire for communion with other living things.
  5. They show how the small and powerless can triumph through perseverance and patience.
  6. They awaken higher ideals without preaching.
  7. They help readers envision a better society where intelligence, courage, and compassion prevail.
The classic case for fairy tales is J.R.R. Tolkien's "On Faerie Stories." Highly recommended reading.

I couldn't locate it online, though. (If anyone can find a link, let me know and I'll add it.)

(HT: Matt Reimer)