There isn’t much left to imagine anymore in the world of a child…..We have lost the toys of imagination and brought the marvels of technology to our little ones. Toys light up, speak, and do most things that my mind only imagined they would as they sat on my bureau a lifetime ago.
I gave stuffed toys minds and hearts…..mine didn’t giggle, didn’t sing……my own mind imagined their hearts and voices. Perhaps that is why all the animals in my stories speak and sing and show their hearts.
Few toys top the bestseller list today that don’t “do” anything. Leaving the doing to little minds has been lost in the world of computer chips and lithium batteries.
I write books for children and adults. Reading has become a disappearing art, sort of like cursive writing. Why read a book when you can watch a DVD or log on to a computer page synopsis? Why learn cursive writing when no one writes anything anymore. Soon, even signatures will become obsolete in a world of voice and iris recognition.
But reading a story or watching it on a screen are like walking on the earth and visiting Venus. Why soak up a little dripping of water on a sponge ……. saturate that sponge with the entire spill……Our minds are sponges……we can use them to soak up the drips or use them to saturate our minds with imagination…….
A book might not seem like an “exciting” gift for a child, but it can open the page to the greatest of treasures…….imagination. And that, my friends, is the most exciting of endless adventures, dreams, and possibilities.
We can light up a thousand parts on a toy……..but will it light up the imagination of a child’s mind………Not as much as a bedside lamp casting a faint glow on the words of a fairy tale story………
Among my books, I have written collections of fairy tales……You can find them and my other titles at this link https://www.amazon.com/Shirl-Knobloch/e/B00OEW2XJQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0