Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood
Highly illuminating for parents, vital for students and book lovers alike, Enchanted Hunters transforms our understanding of why children should read.Ever wondered why little children love listening to stories, why older ones get lost in certain books? In this... show more
Highly illuminating for parents, vital for students and book lovers alike, Enchanted Hunters transforms our understanding of why children should read.Ever wondered why little children love listening to stories, why older ones get lost in certain books? In this enthralling work, Maria Tatar challenges many of our assumptions about childhood reading. Much as our culture pays lip service to the importance of literature, we rarely examine the creative and cognitive benefits of reading from infancy through adolescence. By exploring how beauty and horror operated in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, and many other narratives, Tatar provides a delightful work for parents, teachers, and general readers, not just examining how and what children read but also showing through vivid examples how literature transports and transforms children with its intoxicating, captivating, and occasionally terrifying energy. In the tradition of Bruno Bettelheim’s landmark The Uses of Enchantment, Tatar’s book is not only a compelling journey into the world of childhood but a trip back for adult readers as well. 30 illustrations
Publish date: April 20th 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Literary Criticism
, Books About Books
, Fairy Tales
The last half contains quite a bit of golden literary analysis, when Tatar hits her stride and focuses on the literature as opposed to the psychology or attempts at cultural study. It's intriguing, thought-provoking, and will doubtless stir up some nostalgia for the reader's own favorite stories fr...
Not bad as far as it goes, but it reads like an (admittedly bright and promising) undergraduate student's senior thesis. Too narrow in scope yet broad in treatment; hypercitated and padded with an appendix of passages from famous authors on childhood reading.
There's not much wrong with this book, and in all fairness, if I were more interested in children's literature than in fairy tales, I think I would've enjoyed the book more.It is extremely well written and examines why children read what they do. I actually think I have discovered why Goodnight Moo...