May ,15 2016
Childhood Fantasy

Childhood stories can be some of the most influential learning tools we experience throughout our lives. Not only are childhood stories incredibly long-lasting in our minds, but they instil the idea of magic, heroism, and devilish deeds early on in our lives when we’re incredibly malleable. These stories can provide an outlet for the brilliantly, inexhaustible imagination of children to run free and help build the dreams and aspirations of our early lives. Sometimes these beginning dreams even continue on into adulthood. Yet, there is an element of fantasticalness that accompanies reading childhood stories again as an adult. Some stories are even better as an adult since their complicated themes and lifelike characters seem all the more relatable and three dimensional. Recently, I have found myself staring at the books on my shelf with such nostalgia for some of my favourites as a young child. Additionally, I’ve noticed there are some stories I never had the chance to read, but instead watched in a movie of some sort, and feel like I owe it to myself to finally experience the full impact of the enchanting tales. Do you have a favourite book from being a child? Are there any books that remind you of your childhood that you want to read for the first time? I’ve made up a list of some of my re-reads and first time reads in this regard. Tell me if you have any similar on your must read list! [caption id="attachment_3069" align="aligncenter" width="800"]pp "Moonrise Over Pirate's Cove" by James Coleman.[/caption] RE-READ: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - An all time favourite! Peter Pan is an extremely satisfying read for me, but also makes me quite sad. I find the complexity of Peter’s character and his dilemma, in a way, so much more satisfying as an adult reader. I can relate to Peter on a greater level versus when I was a child. Not to mention, one is never to old for some good old fairytale or pixie dust magic. FIRST TIME: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - My first exposure to The Jungle Book was the Disney animated film like many people, I’m sure. Having seen the new live-action film and being pleasantly surprised how well the stories were expanded, I would love to get my hands on a copy of the originals and further explore an adventure in the dangerously exciting jungles of India. RE-READ: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis - The Magician’s Nephew is by far my favourite of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Though it is technically a prequel, I was so enthralled learning about the creation of Narnia. Learning how the iconic lamppost came into being was one of my favourites growing up. Not to mention whenever I see a lamppost in the snow at winter, I’m immediately transported back to my love of Lewis’ world delightfully thriving behind every wardrobe. FIRST TIME: The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith - I adore the Disney film rendition of The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The story found its way to the front of my mind the other day and I think experiencing the original source material would be a good read. I’ve heard the original story is quite different in some regards. Seeing the differences for better or worse can satisfy my fictitious need to have Pongo as my best friend. Happy Sunday! xo Novellette

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