The Child That Books Built

The Child That Books Built

A Life in Reading

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The author offers a sensitive, loving tribute to reading, arguing that his favorite books have created his identity, from The Wind in the Willows to the Narnia Chronicles. 12,500 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A wise and tender tribute to childhood reading and the power of fiction

In this extended love letter to children's books and the wonders they perform, Francis Spufford makes a confession: books were his mother, his father, his school. Reading made him who he is.

To understand the thrall of fiction, Spufford goes back to his earliest encounters with books, exploring such beloved classics as The Wind in the Willows, The Little House on the Prairie, and the Narnia chronicles. He re-creates the excitement of discovery, writing joyfully of the moment when fuzzy marks on a page become words, which then reveal . . . a dragon. Weaving together child development, personal reflection, and social observation, Spufford shows the force of fiction in shaping a child: how stories allow for escape from pain and for mastery of the world, how they shift our boundaries of the sayable, how they stretch the chambers of our imagination.

Fired by humanity, curiosity, and humor, The Child That Books Built confirms Spufford as a profound and original thinker, evoking in the process the marvel of reading as if for the first time.


Holtzbrinck
A wise and tender tribute to childhood reading and the power of fiction In this extended love letter to children's books and the wonders they perform, Francis Spufford makes a confession: books were his mother, his father, his school. Reading made him who he is. To understand the thrall of fiction, Spufford goes back to his earliest encounters with books, exploring such beloved classics as The Wind in the Willows, The Little House on the Prairie , and the Narnia chronicles. He re-creates the excitement of discovery, writing joyfully of the moment when fuzzy marks on a page become words, which then reveal . . . a dragon. Weaving together child development, personal reflection, and social observation, Spufford shows the force of fiction in shaping a child: how stories allow for escape from pain and for mastery of the world, how they shift our boundaries of the sayable, how they stretch the chambers of our imagination. Fired by humanity, curiosity, and humor, The Child That Books Built confirms Spufford as a profound and original thinker, evoking in the process the marvel of reading as if for the first time.

Baker
& Taylor

The author recounts how the books he read as a child formed the person he is now, discussing how the stories he read allowed him an escape, shifted the boundaries of language, and stretched the imagination.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805072150
0805072152
Branch Call Number: 028.55 SPU
Characteristics: 213 p. ;,22 cm.

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