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“Stories Are Everywhere”

Posted on: 5 February 2012

Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen, Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

I haven’t been using my creative thinking for this blog entry – or it could have been posted over two weeks ago.

On that weekend our family ventured to the Lillian Smith Library for a Family Literacy event with Andrew Larsen. We had borrowed one of his books prior to that session – Imaginary Garden. This is a lovely story of Theo and her Poppa. Author Larsen told us we all have stories to tell and this can be one of the best gifts we will ever share. His quote is the title of this blog. He showed us some early home-created versions of the stories he created and reinforce how important oral story telling is, in any day and age.  This book is supported by amazing illustrations to encourage story tellers to use drawing to tell their stories. Author Larsen shared some ways this book stimulated readers imaginations and has taken on a life of it’s own since it was published.

Using one’s imagination and wondering is a main theme in so much writing – both for children and adults. This session helped reinforce how creative thinking needs to be encouraged the same as reading and math skills.

Have you and your child shared imagined stories, as well as books, lately? If you need some help, check out Imaginary Garden. It is a find that is truly inspiring!

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