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The Grammar of Fantasy

An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories
Hardcover Book
Enchanted Lion Books
October, 2021
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Publisher’s Description: 

A collection of essays from the visionary storyteller Gianni Rodari about fairy tales and folk tales and their great advantages in teaching creative storytelling.

Rodari grasped childrens need to play with lifes rules by using the grammar of their own imaginations. They must be encouraged to question, challenge, destroy, mock, eliminate, generate, and reproduce their own language and meanings through stories that will enable them to narrate their own lives. Jack Zipes

I hope this small book, writes renowned childrens author Gianni Rodari, can be useful for all those people who believe it is necessary for the imagination to have a place in education; for all those who trust in the creativity of children; and for all those who know the liberating value of the word.

Full of ideas, glosses on fairytales, stories, and wide-ranging activities, including the fantastic binomial, this book changed how creative arts were taught in Italian schools. Translated into English by acclaimed childrens historian Jack Zipes and illustrated for the first time ever by Matthew Forsythe, this edition ofThe Grammar of Fantasyis one to live with and return to for its humor, intelligence, and truly deep understanding of children.

A groundbreaking pedagogical work that is also a handbook for writers of all ages and kinds,The Grammar of Fantasygives each of us a playful, practical path to finding our own voice through the power of storytelling.

Gianni Rodari (19201980) grew up in Northern Italy and wrote hundreds of stories, poems, and songs for children. In 1960, he collaborated with the Education Cooperation Movement to develop exercises to encourage childrens creative and critical thinking abilities.

Jack Zipesis a renowned childrens historian and folklorist who has written, translated, and edited dozens of books on fairytales. He is a professor at the University of Minnesota.

Matthew Forsythelives in Montreal where he draws and paints for picture books, comics, and animations.

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