In The Case for Make Believe, Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and technology-saturated world.
Author: Susan Linn
Publisher: The New Press
In The Case for Make Believe, Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and technology-saturated world. Although play is essential to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, Linn argues that, in modern-day America, nurturing creative play is not only countercultural—it threatens corporate profits. A book with immediate relevance for parents and educators alike, The Case for Make Believe helps readers understand how crucial child’s play is—and what parents and educators can do to protect it. At the heart of the book are stories of children at home, in school, and at a therapist’s office playing about real-life issues from entering kindergarten to a sibling’s death, expressing feelings they can’t express directly, and making meaning of an often confusing world. In an era when toys come from television and media companies sell videos as brain-builders for babies, Linn lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity, and health, showing us how and why to preserve the space for make believe that children need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
When the case is suddenly re-opened, Natasha is forced to make a decision. Reality or imagination? Make believe or truth? Or can she-as she's been doing for the past five years--go on existing someplace in between?
Author: Kristin Anna Froberg
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Natasha Lisenko is twenty-two years old. She's clever, creative, and hasn't left the house in five years. Her sister, Lena, is an energetic, popular, occasionally cruel high-school cheerleader--or was, the last time Natasha saw her. One day, after a fight at school, the sisters took separate routes home-and the mystery of Lena's disappearance has haunted the family ever since. Natasha works her way through delayed adolescence, college applications, and an evolving relationship with her tutor. Her parents work to move forward without their daughter, and without answers to the questions surrounding what happened that afternoon. When the case is suddenly re-opened, Natasha is forced to make a decision. Reality or imagination? Make believe or truth? Or can she-as she's been doing for the past five years--go on existing someplace in between?
This story of a stay-at-home mother’s misadventures is “a fun read that ‘imperfect mums’ everywhere will adore” (The Sun).
Author: Beezy Marsh
Publisher: Ipso Books
This story of a stay-at-home mother’s misadventures is “a fun read that ‘imperfect mums’ everywhere will adore” (The Sun). While her husband Matt’s career takes off, Marnie Martin is left with the task of pairing socks and locating Lego. His late nights at the office are turning into late nights who knows where else, and they haven’t had a proper conversation in weeks, sex in months, or a full night’s sleep in years. Marnie’s journalism career has morphed into writing a food column. But even that turns into disaster when Marnie gets distracted by a daydream about her movie-star crush, Maddox Wolfe—which leads to a missed deadline and a case of food poisoning. There’s only one option left for Marnie: blogging. As the anonymous “Mrs Make Believe,” Marnie starts spilling secrets and becomes the voice of messed-up mothers everywhere. But she never could have imagined that her celebrity daydream would walk off the screen and into her reality, turning her already muddled world totally on its head . . . This “compulsively readable and entertaining” novel (Daily Mail) is “a funny, sexy, clever book which brilliantly reflects the chaos of motherhood and marriage” (Alison McGarragh-Murphy, editor of The Motherload). “Funny . . . fabulously fresh and achingly honest . . . I couldn’t put it down.” —Alex Brown, #1 bestselling author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage
he questionofthe relationshipbetween the mediaandchildren«s make- believe
worlds is central to this study. Is it the case, asisoften proposed, that the media
destroy children«s imaginations and fantasy worlds(Mander, 1978; Winn, 1977)?
Author: Maya Gotz
Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children offers new insights into children's descriptions of their invented or "make-believe" worlds, and the role that the children's experience with media plays in creating these worlds. Based on the results of a cross-cultural study conducted in the United States, Germany, Israel, and South Korea, it offers an innovative look at media's role on children's creative lives. This distinctive volume: *outlines the central debates and research findings in the area of children, fantasy worlds, and the media; *provides a descriptive account of children's make-believe worlds and their wishes for actions they would like to take in these worlds; *highlights the centrality of media in children's make believe worlds; *emphasizes the multiple creative ways in which children use media as resources in their environment to express their own inner worlds; and *suggests the various ways in which the tension between traditional gender portrayals that continue to dominate media texts and children's wishes to act are presented in their fantasies. The work also demonstrates the value of research in unveiling the complicated ways in which media are woven into the fabric of children's everyday lives, examining the creative and sophisticated uses they make of their contents, and highlighting the responsibility that producers of media texts for children have in offering young viewers a wide array of role models and narratives to use in their fantasies. An enclosed CD provides full-color images of the artwork produced during the study. This book will appeal to scholars and graduate students in children and media, early childhood education, and developmental psychology. It can be used in graduate level courses in these areas.
Among the architects of the enabling legislation were educators who had
successfully made the case for an expanded role for children's trade books in the
public school curriculum. The concept was given meaningful expression in Title 2
Author: Leonard C. Marcus
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Examines the dramatic changes that occurred in children's literature during the twentieth century, the growth and impact of major publishing houses, the influence of key publishing figures, and the contributions of pioneering editors, educators, and librarians.
And, in fact, I believe that principles of implication are more difficult to specify
explicitly and will vary from case to case. ... As we saw in the case of the
children's game in the woods, what is fictional in a game of make-believe can be
unknown to ...
Author: Adam Toon
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Scientists often try to understand the world by creating simplified or idealised models of it. And yet modelling is hard to make sense of, not least because it seems to involve learning about things that don't exist, like ideal oscillators or perfect spheres. Models as Make-Believe offers a new approach to scientific modelling by looking to an unlikely source of inspiration: the dolls and toy trucks of children's games of make-believe. Drawing on philosophical discussions of art and fiction, Adam Toon offers a unified framework that can solve difficult metaphysical problems posed by modelling at the same time as helping to make sense of scientific practice. In developing this new perspective, Models as Make-Believe combines careful philosophical analysis with historical and sociological approaches, shedding light on a range of issues, from scientists' visual and tactile interaction with models to the role that cardboard cut-outs played in the development of our understanding of atoms.
My Learning Library is a delightful collection of eight first-concept board books for young children. Stored within a sturdy carry case, these mini books are perfect for small hands to hold and explore.
Author: Make Believe Ideas Ltd
My Learning Library is a delightful collection of eight first-concept board books for young children. Stored within a sturdy carry case, these mini books are perfect for small hands to hold and explore. The gorgeous illustrations and bright design will engage young imaginations while helping to promote observation skills, language skills, and a love of reading. Titles included: 1 2 3, A B C, Things That Go, Colors, Shapes, Opposites, On the Farm, Animals
There were no statistically significant gender differences in frequency of
imaginary playmates, although there was a tendency for girls to be more often
described by their parents as having more make-believe friends. Boys were more
Author: Dorothy G. Singer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
An attempt to cover all aspects of children's make-believe. The authors examine how imaginative play begins and develops and provide examples and evidence on the young child's invocation of imaginary friends, the adolescent's daring games and the adult's private imagery and inner thought.
The case workerin charge of us told me she'd died. I went through hell for over a
year, blaming myself for not taking better care of her, for not being there for my
parents.” There was another long silence and he gripped the arms of the chair to
Author: Elizabeth Lennox
Publisher: Elizabeth Lennox
It’s wonderful to be engaged! Or at least it would be if he actually had a fiancée… Royston is reunited with his sister at last – and she’s married and expecting! He is thrilled, but so caught off guard when she questions him about his love life that he makes up a story about a non-existent fiancée, just to protect her gentle heart. Now he has to produce a fiancée in a matter of hours when they meet for dinner! It had always been Miranda’s priority to avoid the CEO of her company, Royston Carmichael, at all costs. He might be sexy, rich, and powerful, but he was also intimidating, arrogant and unreasonably demanding. Which is why she was unhappy at being caught submitting a monthly financial report at 12:15, when it was due no later than 12pm. When Royston finds her in his office submitting a report after the deadline, he questions her and is impressed with her financial knowledge, not to mention her long legs and enchanting eyes. He quickly decides she’s just right for the role of fake fiancée. She’s beautiful, smart, can think on her feet, and she has a spark that captures his attention in all the right ways. Will she accept his real proposal to be his faux bride to be, and will their act become more than that?
'Yes, in the place where I put your gold to keep it safe. It is not there now. I will
show you this evening and then you can tell me your opinion of its worth.'
Chapter Five Roxanne took the jewel from the dressing case Make-Believe Wife
Author: Anne Herries
With his rakish reputation and reluctance to wed, Lord Luke Clarendon is now in need of a make-believe wife. And he's charming enough to convince the talented and beautiful runaway actress Roxanne to play his leading lady. Roxanne's head cautions her against becoming involved with Luke, but it's an offer she can't refuse. As well as offering her financial security, Luke promises to help Roxanne's quest to discover her true identity. Maybe if she's revealed to be highborn, her Lord will claim her as his Lady for real!
PROVIDENCE AND THE IDEA OF GOD J.' and Christians have supposed that
God, however strange his methods might appear, was in reality guiding the
whole course of history for the ultimate advantage of, in the first case the Hebrew
Author: George Albert Wells
Publisher: Open Court
Why do so many people - sometimes even intelligent people - swallow the preposterous claims of religion? G.A. Wells, the leading freethinker of our time, tries to shed light on this puzzle in his entertaining and enormously learned book, Belief and Make-Believe. Professor Wells begins by analyzing the nature of belief. To dispel popular confusions on the relation between words and thoughts, he compares the thinking process of scientists, laymen, and chimpanzees. The power of emotion and instinct to help form people's ideological outlooks is analyzed by preference to "defiance" and "reliance", polar attitudes which arise from the need for dominance and submission in primate groups. Wells shows the influence of defiance and reliance in patriotism and in monotheistic religions, where submission to the will of the omnipotent is a wonderful technique for feeling secure in the face of life's actual and ineradicable dangers. Since the knowledgeable Christians now accept that the Bible is uneven, unreliable, and sometimes morally abhorrent, and that the New Testament account of the origin of Christianity is mostly legend, various attempts have been made to save something from the debris by selective re-interpretation. Wells evaluates several typical examples, showing how the apologists shrink from the clear implications of their arguments, which would demolish the whole edifice of Christian doctrine. Finally, Professor Wells debunks some of the extravagant and mystical claims that have been made for the arts, notably poetry, as quasi-religious vehicles for gaining insights into the human condition.
978-1-56584-453-7 (pb) THE CASE FOR MAKE BELIEVE Saving Play in a
Commercialized World Susan Linn In the nationally celebrated Consuming Kids,
Susan Linn provided an unsparing look at modern childhood molded by ...
Author: Kathleen Cushman
Publisher: The New Press
Following on the heels of the bestselling Fires in the Bathroom, which brought the insights of high school students to teachers and parents, Kathleen Cushman now turns her attention to the crucial and challenging middle grades, joining forces with adolescent psychologist Laura Rogers. As teachers, counselors, and parents cope with the roller coaster of early adolescence, too few stop to ask students what they think about these critical years. Here, middle school students in grades 5 through 8 across the country and from diverse ethnic backgrounds offer insights on what it takes to make classrooms more effective and how to forge stronger relationships between young adolescents and adults. Students tackle such critical topics as social, emotional, and academic pressures; classroom behavior; organization; and preparing for high school. Cushman and Rogers help readers hear and understand the vital messages about adolescent learning that come though in what these students say. This invaluable resource provides a unique window into how middle school students think, feel, and learn, bringing their needs to the forefront of the conversation about education.
Make-believe can be an education in the fullness of reality or a schooling in
intellectual fraud. The course of instruction will in either case proceed from the
fabrication of a lie. Some precipitous scribbler has thought to surprise and amuse
us by ...
Author: John Goldthwaite
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Man in the Moon has dropped down to earth for a visit. Over the hedge, a rabbit in trousers is having a pipe with his evening paper. Elsewhere, Alice is passing through a looking glass, Dorothy riding a tornado to Oz, and Jack climbing a beanstalk to heaven. To enter the world of children's literature is to journey to a realm where the miraculous and the mundane exist side by side, a world that is at once recognizable and real--and enchanted. Many books have probed the myths and meanings of children's stories, but Goldthwaite's Natural History is the first exclusively to survey the magic that lies at the heart of the literature. From the dish that ran away with the spoon to the antics of Brer Rabbit and Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat, Goldthwaite celebrates the craft, the invention, and the inspired silliness that fix these tales in our minds from childhood and leave us in a state of wondering to know how these things can be. Covering the three centuries from the fairy tales of Charles Perrault to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, he gathers together all the major imaginative works of America, Britain, and Europe to show how the nursery rhyme, the fairy tale, and the beast fable have evolved into modern nonsense verse and fantasy. Throughout, he sheds important new light on such stock characters as the fool and the fairy godmother and on the sources of authors as diverse as Carlo Collodi, Lewis Carroll, and Beatrix Potter. His bold claims will inspire some readers and outrage others. He hails Pinocchio, for example, as the greatest of all children's books, but he views C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia as a parable that is not only murderously misogynistic, but deeply blasphemous as well. Fresh, incisive, and utterly original, this rich literary history will be required reading for anyone who cares about children's books and their enduring influence on how we come to see the world.
Belief. and. Make-Believe. What an involved style! How obscure! I am not a great
Latin scholar, but Tacitus's obscurity displays itself in ten or twelve Italian and
French translations that I have read. I, therefore, have concluded that his chief ...
Author: Holly Haynes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A theoretically sophisticated and illuminating reading of Tacitus, especially the Histories, this work points to a new understanding of the logic of Roman rule during the early Empire. Tacitus, in Holly Haynes’ analysis, does not write about the reality of imperial politics and culture but about the imaginary picture that imperial society makes of these concrete conditions of existence—the "making up and believing" that figure in both the subjective shaping of reality and the objective interpretation of it. Haynes traces Tacitus’s development of this fingere/credere dynamic both backward and forward from the crucial year A.D. 69. Using recent theories of ideology, especially within the Marxist and psychoanalytic traditions, she exposes the psychic logic lurking behind the actions and inaction of the protagonists of the Histories. Her work demonstrates how Tacitus offers penetrating insights into the conditions of historical knowledge and into the psychic logic of power and its vicissitudes, from Augustus through the Flavians. By clarifying an explicit acknowledgment of the difficult relationship between res and verba, in the Histories, Haynes shows how Tacitus calls into question the possibility of objective knowing—how he may in fact be the first to allow readers to separate the objectively knowable from the objectively unknowable. Thus, Tacitus appears here as going further toward identifying the object of historical inquiry—and hence toward an "objective" rendering of history—than most historians before or since.
He may sing or play it aloud , or write it down , and thus make it possible for
others to get into their heads the same thing which he has in his . ... putting it
down on paper is thus quite different from the relation , in the case of the
engineer , between making a plan for a bridge and executing that plan . ...
Imagination and Make - believe Imagination , like art itself , is a word with proper
and improper meanings .
Author: Robin George Collingwood
This treatise on aesthetics begins by showing that the word 'art' is used as a name not only for 'art proper' but also for certain things which are 'art falsely so called'. These are craft or skill, magic and amusement, each of which, by confusion with art proper, generates a false aesthetic theory. In the course of attacking these theories the author criticizes various psychological theories of art, offers a new theory of magic, and reinterprets Plato's so-called 'attack on art', showing that it has been entirely misunderstood. Finally, he draws important inferences concerning the position of art in human society.
Every time during the last eight months the administrators tried to "program," or let
the prisoners back onto the yard, within a couple of weeks there would be an "
incident," politespeak in this case for a sticking, or stabbing. Because Hispanics ...
Author: Derrick Jensen
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Derrick Jensen takes no prisoners in The Culture of Make Believe, his brilliant and eagerly awaited follow-up to his powerful and lyrical A Language Older Than Words. What begins as an exploration of the lines of thought and experience that run between the massive lynchings in early twentieth-century America to today's death squads in South America soon explodes into an examination of the very heart of our civilization. The Culture of Make Believe is a book that is as impeccably researched as it is moving, with conclusions as far-reaching as they are shocking.
But (to ignore the point made parenthetically in note 44) there is no need to
employ, simultaneously, a make-believe and a quantifying-out treatment of (13).
In any case, section 5b shows that the quantifying-out treatment of claims like (13
Author: Donald F. Gustafson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Simple seeing. Plain talking. Language in use and persons in action. These are among the themes of Virgil Aldrich's writings, from the 1930's onward. Throughout these years, he has been an explorer of conceptual geography: not as a foreign visitor studying an alien land, but close up 'in the language in which we live, move, and have our being'. This is his work. It is clear to those who know him best that he also has fun at it. Yet, in the terms of his oft-cited distinction, it is equally clear that he is to be counted not among the funsters of philosophy, but among its most committed workers. Funsters are those who attempt to do epistemology, metaphysics, or analysis by appealing to examples which are purely imaginary, totally fictional, as unrealistic as you like, 'completely unheard of'. Such imaginative wilfullness takes philosophers away from, not nearer to, 'the rough ground' (Wittgenstein) where our concepts have their origin and working place. In the funsters' imagined, 'barely possible' (but actually impossible) world, simple seeing becomes transformed into the sensing of sense-data; plain talk is rejected as imprecise, vague, and misleading; and per sons in action show up as ensouled physical objects in motion. Then the fly is in the bottle, buzzing out its tedious tunes: the problem of perception of the external world; the problem of meaning and what it is; the mind-body problem. Image-mongering has got the best of image-management.
Singer wrote The House of Make-Believe: Children's Play and the Developing
Imagination. The authors confirm that the imagination required to create make-
believe friends “is not the exclusive property of the 'only' child, the isolated, the ill,
Author: Susan Newman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
What's really wrong with having one child? Is one enough for you? For your partner? What constitutes a complete, happy family? Will your only child be lonely, spoiled, bossy, selfish? Read this book and find out. Despite the personal distress and pressure to have a second baby, the number of women having an only child has more than doubled in the last two decades. What most people don't realize is that one-child families outnumber families with two children and have for more than two decades. In major metropolitan areas like New York, 30 percent of families have a singleton. Throughout the country people are following suit. And it's no wonder why: The worrisome biological clock (secondary infertility; older mothers) Downtrodden job markets How mothers working affects everyone in the family Finances and housing and costs of education These are only the few things that parents today (and parents to be) contend with when deciding to start a family and determining whether or not to stop after one. The time is right for a book that addresses the emerging type of nuclear family, one that consists of a solo child. Popular Psychology Today blogger and parenting author of fifteen books, including the groundbreaking Parenting the Only Child, Susan Newman, Ph.D., grew impatient with the pervasiveness of only-child folklore masquerading as fact and offers the latest findings about the long-term effects of being raised as a singleton. In The Case for the Only Child, Newman walks parents (and future parents) through the long list of factors working for and against them as well as highlights the many positive aspects of raising and being a singleton. The aim of this book is to ease and guide parents through the process of determining what they want. Although each situation is unique, the profound confusion surrounding having a second child is similar. It is one of the most difficult and life-altering choices parents face. Adding to one's family dramatically changes one's life and the life of one's firstborn forever. What will a person give up in time, money, freedom, intimacy, and job advancement with another child in the household? What will they gain? The Case for the Only Child helps explore and resolve these perplexing questions.
... of their special talents ( high - tech magic ) , when and where they like to work (
midnight in caves ) , how much they charge ( a few lizards and a bat ) , special
benefits they want ( hospitalization in case one of their magic tricks goes haywire
! ) ...
Author: Carole Marsh
Publisher: Gallopade International
Experience the Magic! From Myths and legends of ancient times to the present, the wonders of magic have kept us enthralled! Journey through this book of magic and find out about the origins of magic and how it affected people's lives. Learn about alchemy, snake charming and fortune-telling. Were charms, amulets and spells really magical? Discover mysterious creatures like Yeti, the Thunderbird and sea serpents. Want to have students learn magic? It's in the book. What do Merlin, Houdini, Walt Disney and David Copperfield hall have in common? It's MAGIC! MAGIC! MAGIC! You could blame Harry Potter, but kids have always been enthralled and enchanted with Make-Believe and Magic. It's OK! Now is the time for them to explore the silly spells, tongue-twirling secret passwords, and all that 'open sesame!' stuff. It's fun, fascinating, and great for their imaginative writing skills.
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Author: Scott C. Lowe
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas. Offers thoughtful and humorous philosophical insights into the most widely celebrated holiday in the Western world Contributions come from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, religious studies, English literature, cognitive science and moral psychology The essays cover a wide range of Christmas themes, from a defence of the miracle of the virgin birth to the relevance of Christmas to atheists and pagans