978-0-375-42058-0 / 9780375420580

The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood





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In this original, richly illuminating study of the aesthetic development of children in their primary learning years, Ellen Handler Spitz returns us to the vibrant experience of childhood to explain how the imagination emerges and develops. She looks at how children feel, sense, and relate to what is around them, and she examines the unlimited imaginative dimensions of their everyday experiences.

Spitz makes clear that in a young childs mind there are no distinctions between art and nature, between reality and make-believe: every encounterlooking at a blade of grass, watching Bambi, decorating a bedroomis experienced in both a childs private world and a domain of shared adventure. By exploring the sensory, perceptual, and imaginative lives of children, Spitz shows how this aesthetic growth intersects with emotional development and how, by carefully observing what holds their attention, we can not only promote childrens growth but also learn from them, rediscovering our own world through their wide-open eyes.

This remarkable book will be required reading for parents, child-care professionals, and educatorsfor anyone interested in the seeds of the young imagination and the life of the young mind.

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