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The Creation of Imaginary Worlds: The Role of Art, Magic and Dreams in Child Development 1st Edition

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"In this beautifully written book, Claire Golomb produces an eloquent account of three extraordinarily important practices that constitute...children's pursuit and construction of imaginary worlds." Reviewer Christopher M. Schulte, International Journal of Education & the Arts..

"This book successfully highlights the significance of imaginary worlds in children's lives and their role in fostering creativity, critical and abstract thinking." Reviewer Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator.

"The book is important because it situates children's art in the development of the imagination. What remains invaluable in this book is the obvious delight the author takes in the art of the child. Claire Golomb's book is essential reading." Reviewer John Matthews, International Journal of Education through Art.

"This book provides interesting insight into the way in which childhood art, play, dreams and storytelling are a visual representation of their psychological development and also provides important tools to help them deal with complex emotions." Reviewer Erin Wright, Young Minds Magazine.

"This is a perceptive and well researched study of children's art and imaginative play and their relationship to child development. It is scholarly but very readable." Reviewed in Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin

In this beautifully written book, Claire Golomb produces an eloquent account of three extraordinarily important practices that constitute...children's pursuit and construction of imaginary worlds.

This book provides interesting insight into the way in which childhood art, play, dreams and storytelling are a visual representation of their psychological development and also provides important tools to help them deal with complex emotions." Reviewer Erin Wright, Young Minds Magazine.

"This is a perceptive and well researched study of children's art and imaginative play and their relationship to child development. It is scholarly but very readable." Reviewed in Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin --Christopher M. Schulte, International Journal of Education & the Arts

This book successfully highlights the significance of imaginary worlds in children's lives and their role in fostering creativity, critical and abstract thinking. --Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator

The book is important because it situates children's art in the development of the imagination. What remains invaluable in this book is the obvious delight the author takes in the art of the child. Claire Golomb's book is essential reading. --John Matthews, International Journal of Education through Art

From the Author

I am a developmental and clinical psychologist and the focus of much of my research has been on child art and make believe play. I have paid special attention to the role of cognition and emotion in these domains, studying artistic and imaginative development in normal and atypical populations. My previous books have been addressed to advanced undergraduate and graduate students of Psychology, with special attention to studies on which my findings are based and their contribution to theoretical innovation. The current book provides the reader with a more intimate understanding of how emotionally significant this world of the imagination can be. The impetus for writing this book came from a large collection of drawings, poems, stories, birthday wishes, weavings, collages and other artworks that cover the childhood period from approximately the age of 3 years to 11-12. The most striking findings for me were the deeply felt emotions of the child artist and poet who used the various media  to express his/her feelings about the different family members, especially the parent, creating a record of the passions, regrets, and worries that characterize much of the inner life and love of children. This rich record of important events in a child's life, of birthdays, holidays, changing seasons, struggles, conflicts, and achievements provides a glimpse into a part of a child's life that is not always visible to the parent, and even if acknowedged is probably not fully understood or valued. It is for this reason that I am writing this book for parents, teachers, and students of early child development.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058520
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent read into how the imagination helps children to express who they are, and to encourage creativity throughout life.
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