or of Phantasmal tollbooths, deeply dug rabbit holes and sometimes backless wardrobes….
every mortal enters the Imaginera some just do it while awake- lets try something read this a couple of times and then close your eyes and see it. Your young and have gone to the park in the park is jungle gym shaped like a rocket you climb on it every time you come this time when you climb in your friends and you decide to blast off and explore other worlds so you shut your eyes tight listen to the rumble of the engines feel the force of take off then see the planet disappearing below you. when you land what colour was the sky? could you walk or was all around you lava so you had to jump from the rocket to the slide (etc.)? all children can enter the Imaginera by will but staying in it long enough to explore is more difficult. Some say that the land itself calls to it those that it wants….
Chesterton was Right!!
“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” G. K. Chesterton Variant: Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
- As quoted in Raising Young Children: 52 Brilliant Little Ideas for Parenting Under 5s (2007) by Sabina Dosani and Peter Cross, p. 38
- What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. o Tremendous Trifles (1909)