Hello Saturday Musers!
December's here and with it the holidays. From there we head into a new year and for some a new start on many levels. We're not going to argue differences on one particular new start. Nor will we discuss the other situations happening throughout the world.
What our authors are talking about is: How do books settle children's fears?
I remember how my fears were alleviated by my best beloved books as a child, the books I read over and over. The Wind in the Willows taught me that no one who is loved is ever truly lost. Black Beauty reassured me that terrible things can happen to me and yet it's possible to endure and then thrive. The Borrowers let me know that if you face your troubles with courage, you can find your way home. By these and other wonderful fictional worlds, I could practice surviving worst scenarios while reading and learn what to do and when.
Books allow children to experience a variety of scenarios vicariously, in a safe and controlled way. Readers can immerse themselves in situations, yet know that there is no danger, and they can learn from how the characters behave towards each other and in response to danger. Reading books are a way of rehearsing fears and seeing the sort of coping strategies others might employ, from the comfort of an armchair.
Me...I think our two lady Musers expressed it beautifully.
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