“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
Kids perceive the world in a very different way. I always wondered how the authors of kids books managed to preserve the child’s emotions and views on things. Unfortunately, we easily forget how to be kids and, becoming parents. To help your children understand the world in a way that will be easy, it is indispensable that we read them kids stories. By the way, parents should always be attentive to what the children are reading. Books should be able to enhance and help impose the emotions or qualities you would like your child to have. Still, there are must-reads for moms and dads and must listens for every child.
1. Where the Wild Things Are “Oh, please don’t go we’ll eat you up we love you so!” The story written by Maurice Sendak is about an everyday exchange in the life of a child. He does not behave correctly, dresses in a wolf costume, imitates monsters and threatens to eat his mom. His mother doesn’t like his behavior and punishes him. Feeling offended, because all children feel offended when they are punished, he invents the world with monsters, leads them, orders them to horse around and then punishes them himself. Feeling hungry and bored, he decides to return to the real word where a delicious dinner is waiting for him and “where someone loved him best of all”. This story seems useless at first, as it describes a too ordinary situation, and it doesn’t have a concept of the struggle between good and evil, as usually fairy tales do. What is more, the story is very small, it’s only 338 words, so there is actually nothing to read about. But this is only the beginning. Once Maurice Sendak told in the interview that he refused to lie to children. He shows them what they are – sometimes animals, sometimes violent, but they can always count on their parents. After all, children do not wish to harm anyone. They just do not know yet what is “right”. The child’s world is a terrible mess! All things considered, this wonderful book with only 338 words in it, but with amazing illustrations teaches our kids that parents, even if they criticize, love their children; even the most terrible wild creatures may be good friends. Even if you’re mad at mom (dad), in the end, you still want to go home. In the woods, there is a new world of unknown and interesting things around.
2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz “A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.” This story is about a little girl named Dorothy, who, because of the storm, flew away from gray and dusty Kansas to a bright and blooming land of Oz. But no matter how great it is to be a guest, “there is no place like home.” The magical land is surrounded on all sides by Wicked desert, and to go back to her uncle and aunt is not easy. The only one who can help is the mysterious Wizard of Oz. The way to his kingdom is long and dangerous, and if it weren’t for an evolving friendship with the Scarecrow, Tin-man, and the Lion, Dorothy would never meet the Wizard. In fairy tales, there is always something more behind adventures. The book teaches to believe in ourselves, as we do not even suspect what we are capable of some things! Bold people don’t necessarily scream on every corner that they are courageous, and the most intelligent ones can be modest, and, of course, a kind and loving heart never stops beating any matter how cruel it is treated.
3. Cinderella “Even miracles take a little time.” Cinderella is a reflection of the most touching and tender childhood dream. The fairy tale of Cinderella tells about a poor girl left without a mother. She has to live with a wicked stepmother and her daughters. But there are always people who will help, Cinderella’s fairy Godmother appears right in time to help her find happiness … Reading about Cinderella’s adventures, every girl believes that a miracle can happen to her, too. People believe that their efforts will not be left unnoticed, and once they will be rewarded. Surprisingly, it is exactly what happens in life, at least what we teach our children. “Cinderella” – it’s a wonderful tale that transports children into the world where good triumphs over evil, teaches them to be kind, sensitive and responsive. This story is kind of useful for adults also, because, sometimes being stuck in everyday routine we forget to believe in miracles!
4. Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” Isn’t it marvelous that once you open the book from the first page you instantly find yourself in a magical world where everything comes to life and even animals talk! Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland are simply unforgettable. Alice falls into a deep (almost to the middle of the world) rabbit hole. On the way, she meets a lot of unusual characters. Alice teaches us that in order to keep the right path in your life, you must know exactly where you want to end up going! Actually, once I’ve finished reading the book I thought this one is for future executives, the main message, I think, is no matter what happens to you, you should never lose your head and keep smiling, because “We all are mad here”, and if you suddenly meet any strange creature, just offer him a cup of tea.
5. Harry Potter “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Well, it is hard to say what this book doesn’t teach. I believe the story of Harry Potter is about a boy who survived and is essential for both parents and kids. You just can’t miss it. Besides all the important life lessons your kid will learn, this story is also incredibly entertaining. I would highlight 3 main messages of the Harry Potter story. First of all – Friendship. Not only is it good to have friends, but you have to earn it, you have to do your best to cultivate and improve your personality in order to make a good friend. A true friend will always be there for you, but only if you deserve it. Secondly – Love. Don’t scream and chant about your love, you have to confirm your feelings with actions, not only words. One of the key heroes of the story – Severus Snape made a huge mistake when he betrayed the woman he loved because of jealousy. But then, his whole life he tried to purge his fault, risking his life to protect the boy he never loved only because he had his mother’s eyes… “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” Finally – Forgiveness. It is extremely important and a difficult notion. Not everyone deserves forgiveness, but no matter how hard it is to forgive you should do it.
6. Peter Pan “Dreams do come true if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” The story of the boy who did not want to grow up is known to everyone. Adventures in Neverland that Wendy, John, and Michael had – the dream of all boys and girls. This book is like no other, develops imagination and teaches to believe in miracles, and to be faithful to one another in the face of danger. Also, the story of Peter Pan is teaching to love your parents and justifies freedom and permissiveness – different things. Along with the main character, a young reader passes a path of emotional development and understands that feelings and emotions should be taken seriously and cannot be played with.
7. Charlie and the chocolate factory “Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.” Charlie Bucket: “What happened?” Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.” Most children are facing adversity and injustice in life, and reading about Charlie Bucket, they can make sure that, firstly, life can be even harder, and, secondly, a loving family is more important than money and sweets. There are four families in the book, where children are surrounded by goods and food, but they feel miserable, confused and aggressive without sincere love of their parents – despite the fact that they have parents and they try to provide their children with all the necessary things. But, they forget the most important things – sincere love, interest, and support. Charlie, on the contrary, lives from hand to mouth, sees chocolate only once a year, but has a big happy, supportive family. Another important message – at the end of the story Charlie’s family finally acquires necessary wealth. That is, the book does not teach that poverty is a way of life, it helps to set priorities: first, a good attitude, care, and support, and then the expensive toys and candy.
8. Rumpelstiltskin “All magic comes with a price.” One miller had a beautiful daughter and once he boasted to their king that his daughter that he can spin his straw into gold. The king locked the girl in the room full of straw and ordered her to spin. In fact, the girl didn’t have the same magical powers, but suddenly a small dwarf appeared and offered her help, but of course she had to pay him. Once she was out of her jewelry, she promised to give him her first child. When the king married the girl and she gave birth to a baby, the dwarf came back for his reward. The queen begged to leave her the child, so the little man told her if she guessed his real name, he would leave her alone. Thank God, one of the servants, by chance, heard the dwarf singing a song where he mentioned his name. Firstly, boasting in order to raise the authority is fraught with consequences. You should be responsible for your word, as in real life, it is unlikely that little dwarf will help solve every problem. Secondly, do not forget that even the most gratuitous aid subconsciously implies the same response. Maybe not immediately, but later for sure. Finally, we should not be overconfident, it is very naive. Such a small story with so many messages, huh?
9. Little Red Riding Hood “Little girls, this seems to say, Never stop upon your way. Never trust a stranger-friend; No one knows how it will end.” This incredibly famous fairy tale tells the story of a young girl, who on the way to her grandma house met a wolf and being too naive told him about her plans and the place her granny lives. As soon as she reached the house the wolf was already there. He deceived the little girl, pretending to be her grandmother and ate her. We are used to the version of Grimm’s brothers, where the brave hunter saves the girl and the granny killing the wolf with his ax. But, in the original version the little red riding hood wasn’t so lucky, so the story doesn’t have a happy ending. Obviously, this fairy tale is quite informative, and it’s easy for kids to comprehend the message – you shouldn’t be listening to the strangers. Don’t believe any information they tell you, plus it is bad to walk alone in the woods or anywhere else without parents. I wouldn’t recommend reading this fairy tale to your daughter every night, because some psychologists warn parents that this particular story influences women. As soon as they decide to choose their life partner, they will be subliminally looking for spineless men who can be easily ruled.
10. The Little Prince “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The author of this book once told that it is children’s book written for grown-ups. Honestly, I would describe every book for children the same way. Still, it reminds us that children are the most sensitive and sincere creatures. The Little Prince’s travels teach children that the world is not that good sometimes and that you shouldn’t be living in dreams;you can meet different people on your way and they can spoil or change you somehow, but the power of love and friendship will prevent this if you let it. This book will teach a kid this very message “You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.” and that you shouldn’t judge anyone, based on their age and height. Here’s my favorite line: “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”