Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith Children's Myths in Contemporary America

ISBN-10: 0226107787
ISBN-13: 9780226107783
Edition: N/A
Authors: Cindy Dell Clark
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Description: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy--is there still a place for these imaginary creatures in today's skeptical society? More importantly, is it appropriate to encourage children to believe in these myths? In Flights of Fancy, Leaps of  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy--is there still a place for these imaginary creatures in today's skeptical society? More importantly, is it appropriate to encourage children to believe in these myths? In Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith, Cindy Dell Clark went straight to children and their parents for the answers. Using their insights, she offers fresh, new interpretations of the cultural and psychological roles these figures play in children's lives. Complete with children's vivid testimonies and colorful illustrations, this book is a revealing journey into a child's mind and world. "A very enjoyable read, this book is a seriously researched record of children's myths, written with the observant accuracy of an anthropologist."--Nadja Reissland, Common Knowledge "Clark posits some novel interpretations as well as intriguing glimpses for parents, teachers, and psychologists into the ways children shape our culture rather than merely being passive inheritors of it."--Booklist

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Flight toward Maturity The Tooth Fairy
Christmas and Easter Seasonal Rites of Passage with Modern Relevance
The Christmas Spirit Santa Claus and Christmas
Journey down the Bunny Trail Easter Bunny and Easter
Commerce, Family, and Meaning Institutions in Children's Ritual
Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith Issues of Consequence
Appendix Child Anthropology A Methodological Discussion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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