Great piece in the Guardian today about the importance of FAIRYTALES for our children. It's really interesting and by one of my favourite authors Philip Pullman. Coincidentally I've met some lovely people today at FOLK EAST and we were ruminating over reading, books and children-in no particular order-and discussing such things today.
There was a consensus that, as teachers (there's a lot around these parts and at Folk East today!) we'd never met an avid reader who didn't have a general love of learning.
They seem to go 'hand in hand'. Fairytales form the basis of lots of reading that comes 'happily ever after'. The ideas in them come into play later on and form the rudiments of storytelling and story making for children, laying down the roots for their writing.
They're FREE-you can tell them, listen to them on countless story CDs, read them or write your own. I always like the Practical princess stories when the princess doesn't wait to be rescued but does it herself.
Don't forgo fairytales they're part of our imaginative culture and children need to hear them and pass them on.