"The real contribution of the volume is introducing the notion that children's ideas about fantasy, magic, religion, and science are interrelated in important ways." APA Review of Books
"...this is an important book..." Canadian Child Psychiatry Review
"This is good science. And it is interesting." Imagination, Cognition and Personality
The study of early cognitive development has emphasized they way in which young children act like scientists, testing and revising theories about the physical, biological, and psychological world. Evidence of this early understanding of the natural order has led researchers to reconsider children's thinking about magical, religious, or otherwise supernatural orders. The present volume offers reviews of new lines of research on children's thinking that stretches beyond the ordinary boundaries of reality. More than being "little scientists", children are here considered as "little magicians", "little metaphysicians", "little theologians" and "little story tellers" or "dramatists", imagining other-worldly possibilities.