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Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
     

Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood

by Jane Yolen
 

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"Our children are growing up without their birthright: the myths, fairy tales, fantasies and folklore that are their proper legacy." The essays in Touch Magic, Jane Yolen's classic call-to-arms advocating the use of fantasy and folklore in children's literature, echo that statement. Yolen argues persuasively that fantasy, folklore, and the realm of story provide

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"Our children are growing up without their birthright: the myths, fairy tales, fantasies and folklore that are their proper legacy." The essays in Touch Magic, Jane Yolen's classic call-to-arms advocating the use of fantasy and folklore in children's literature, echo that statement. Yolen argues persuasively that fantasy, folklore, and the realm of story provide children with the necessary tools for facing the world, understanding its ways and capriciousness, indeed, becoming truly human. “I believe that culture begins in the cradle,” she writes. “To do without tales and stories and books is to lose humanity's past, is to have no star map for our future.” August House now offers a richly expanded version of this seminal volume. With six new essays that tender fresh perspectives on the morality of fairy tales, time travel, the definition of story, and, of course, why such themes are essential to the development of today's children, Touch Magic heralds a new millennium of fantasy, myth, and storytelling. “Story is our wall against the dark,” Yolen contends, and as adults, we must equip our children with story in order to keep them linked with the past and ready for the future. Touch magic, and pass it on.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The magic in the title refers to the magic of myth and folk and fairy tales. Author Jane Yolen urges us all to touch that magic and pass it on. Pass it on to children in the younger generation who aren't learning the classic tales, those legends that do more than simply amuse and entertain. Ms. Yolen calls them the birthright of children and that to do without them is to "lose humanity's past and to have no star map for our future." Touch Magic, a book of essays advocating the protection and preservation of traditional folk and fairy tales, was originally published in 1981. This new edition includes six additional essays. It is a book to be read slowly, savored, pondered. Phrases cry out to be underlined. Margins are generous enough to allow the reader to star passages and make brief notes, because it is a book that once read, will be returned to. Ms. Yolen, who has been called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," has written more than 200 books for children, young adults and adults. Her books reflect her love of myth and legend. 2000 (orig. 1981), August House Publishers, $11.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Janet Crane Barley AGES: Adult
Library Journal
This revision of a classic collection of historical and analytical essays explores the use of fantasy and fairytales in children's literature. The compilation of 16 perceptive essays includes six new entries and updates others from the original 1981 publication. Yolen, winner of the National Book Award and the Caldecott Medal, among other honors, is a renowned storyteller and author of more than 200 books for children and adults. Authoritative, eloquent, and fetching, her observations focus on traditional tales that have passed down through generations and been altered in the process. Folklore and fantasy have, she asserts, endured as basic learning tools to introduce young readers to the world around them, and the stories are a uniquely appropriate guide to day-to-day realities and culture. The definition and impact of these stories is couched in the wonder of fantasy and themes essential to today's young readers. As Yolen poetically observes, "To do without tales and stories and books is to lose humanity's past, is to have no star map for the future." This book will be prized by teachers, authors, students, and all readers who value the use of folklore, mythology, and the familiar stories of youth. A pleasure to read; highly recommended.--Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874835915
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,222,573
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author

The author of over 300 books, including children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, Jane Yolen is perhaps best known for Owl Moon, a sweet and tender picture book written in verse about a father taking his child out owling. She is also the author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, a historical fiction novella about a girl who is transported back in time to Poland during WWII.

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