Tolkien, Charlie and Hans
Among others, R.R. Tolkien, Charles Shultz and Hans Christian Anderson's tales filled the most-read pages and volumes of stories in history. With rich and fascinating make-believe, our world tune in to the world of books. Where else did these authors, among many, capture their endless imagination? Of course, by observing and eavesdropping in on children at play.
Tolkien was a teacher. Charles was a comic artist and surrounded himself with lots of children, and a smart dog who has all the answers. Anderson was a shoe-cobbler's son. His father opened other worlds of stories into Hans' little fertile mind. Captivating storytellers wrote from the perspective of children. Pure and full of imagination and life.
We begin to see and hear some rhythm of play with words in our heads when we are around children. They do make good storytellers. They create strong wings of us in the midst of chaos and insecurities. Adult life is bombarded with the world's ills. We cope. We reason out. Children's world is another thing-- Bizarre and fantastic.
Young ones carry on on a minute by minute basis. Just as we are at home, schooling. Today, was fine day my pupils sat on a tree branch, stood in the sun and sank in with their books and lessons. They set up a classroom. In 'class' for practice. Spoke to themselves Maths and Science. The 'teacher' called out familiar characters. Their classroom sat pupils like Charlie Brown and Peanuts friends. Lucy was stuck with herself, again. But the teacher dealt with her nicely.
I, have a story to post.
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