The Magic Lamp

A good story is a magic lamp: instead of releasing a genie, it releases young readers’ imaginations, delight and sense of wonder. It promises to enrich the way they see life and see themselves. With special emphasis on folk and fairy tales, this blog explores the mind-expanding, life-enriching benefits of stories.

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Ever wonder what happens to wonder?

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury gives this advice: “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” No need to tell that to a three-year-old! They are stuffed...

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Small minds love big thoughts

In his book, The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler, who has consulted on stories for Disney movies (like The Lion King), talks about why ancient myths and folk tales have such enduring relevance: “They deal with the childlike universal questions: Who am I? Where...

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What’s bigger than trouble? You.

Ann Landers, the advice columnist who spoke to millions once said that if she were asked to give what she considers to be the most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head...

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