Seeing Past Z

Seeing Past Z

Nurturing the Imagination in A Fast-forward World

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of personal observations and stories reveals the importance of nurturing a child's imagination in today's competitive world, sharing the experiences of the author's adolescent son to demonstrate how imagination enables young people to empathize, appreciate the world, and set future goals. 13,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
Kids today seem to be under more competitive pressure than ever, while studies show that reading, writing, and the arts in schools are suffering. Is there any place for imagination in kids' lives anymore? In a dog-eat-dog world, why dream things that aren't there?In gorgeous prose and through personal stories, Beth Kephart resoundingly affirms the imagination as the heart of our ability to empathize with others, to appreciate the world, and to envision possibilities for the future. The star of her story is once again her son, Jeremy (as in her National Book Award-nominated A Slant of Sun), now fourteen years old—a child who at first resists storytelling, preferring more objective and orderly pursuits, but later leads a neighborhood book club/writing group and aspires to follow Steven Spielberg into moviemaking.Embedded in the text and appendices are examples of how to inspire children to read, write, and dream.
Impassioned and eloquent—reasons and inspirations for nurturing your child's creativity.

Book News
Kephart is a partner in a marketing communications firm, the award-winning author of a memoir trilogy, and contributor to Parenting, Child, Real Simple, the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, and Chicago Tribune. She presents a collection of 28 brief essays based on her experiences of being a parent to a 14-year-old son and the quest to include imagination, through reading, writing, and the arts, as a central part of his life. This highly accessible text will appeal to parents looking for alternatives to today's fast-paced culture of competitive parenting and hyper-competent kids in the U.S. No subject index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2004
ISBN: 9780393058826
Branch Call Number: 370.157 KEP
Characteristics: xii, 240 p. ;,22 cm.


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