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Politics, Social

From Wonder to Wisdom (Plume) epub ebook

by Charles A. Smith

From Wonder to Wisdom (Plume) epub ebook

Author: Charles A. Smith
Category: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Plume (November 1, 1990)
Pages: 32 pages
ISBN: 0452265258
ISBN13: 978-0452265257
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 600
Other formats: azw lrf lrf lit

Explains how childhood stories and fairy tales can be used to teach children valuable lessons about life, from conquering fear to helping others
Reviews (2)
Although this book is rather outdated, it is still much worth the reading. Its being out of date is only due to the fact that many of the books to which the author refers are now out of print.
This is a book about storytelling and reading aloud to children. As the title indicates, it talks about how to use stories to help children grow. The author lists eight primary "themes," which are areas in which stories can help. Those eight areas are as follows:
1) becoming a goal seeker
2) confronting challenges courageously
3) growing closer to others
4) coming to terms with loss and grief
5) offering kindness to others
6) preserving an openness to the world
7) becoming a social problem-solver
8) forming a positive self-image.
In the first two chapters, the author provides some background for the rest of the book. Chapters three through ten each cover one of the above listed "themes" in detail. Again, many of the books to which the author refers are now out of print. Even so, the information is still completely valid! A reader today would just have more work to do in terms of identifying appropriate books/stories. (...or would need to spend time looking for used copies of the books discussed.)
Part of my final Master's Degree project has to do with exactly what this book is about, and I have found it to be a very powerful and informative book.
In closing, the following is a direct quote from chapter one (p.21 of the hardcover ed.):
"Stories are powerful tools because they confirm chldren's perception of the world, expand their awareness and knowledge of the human condition, involve them in experiences that deepen their sensitivity to others, and provide opportunities to express what they think and how the feel. Through storytime chldren also learn to expand their vocabulary and other language skills, to listen and track an idea across time, and to read.
Worthwhile stories also introduce children to life. Stories can be like windows to the world and inner experience. Through stories, children begin to make decisions about what is important and how they should behave. Storytime can be an important part of our relationship with children, one of the tools we can use to guide them to maturity."
Happy Reading!

I am surprised to find From Wonder to Wisdom listed at Amazon and certainly appreciative of Dan's kind review. I also have no disagreement with the critical aspects of the Library Journal review. In my workshops on storytelling I tell participants that I have never seen a story written by a psychologist that was any good. In my defense, though, I would point out that the short stories from the Butterberry Hill program were meant to be retold (not read) and paraphrased by the teller. In a revision I'd probably leave them out. If you are interested in the social development of children, take a look at "The Peaceful Classroom: 162 Easy Activities to Teach Preschoolers Compassion and Cooperation" listed here at Amazon. That book has been translated into five languages and is still in print. Another book on the origins of courage in children will be published in the fall of 2004.

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