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ERIC Number: ED022750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 9
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The Fantastic Tale for Children: Its Literary and Educational Problems.
Klingberg, Goete
Bookbird, n3 p13-20 1967
The fantastic tale is a genre of children's literature in which magic and reality are found side by side in a superficially plausible story with a definite historical setting. Motifs characteristic of the tale are living toys, strange children, modern witches, space and time displacements, "doors" to the wonderland, the mythical world itself, and combat between good and evil. Writers of this genre may be attempting to satisfy the child's need for pleasure, to free his imagination, or "to impart knowledge and character." Certain hypotheses hold that the fantastic tale is particularly relevant to 8- to 10-year-olds who must be freeing themselves gradually from their beliefs in magic. Further research, however, is needed on two problems--whether the mental structure of a child is by definition more receptive to magic than that of an adult, and whether children can extract philosophical truths from such tales. (JS)
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Note: Issued by the International Board on Books for Young People and the International Institute for Children's, Juvenile and Popular Literature.