Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood

Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood Review

Subtitled "Fantasy, Faerie, and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood," this small book of essays was first my position papers for the EdD I never quite got. Originally published in hardcover by Philomel and then brought out a few years later in a trade paperback, this book of essays has become well identified with me. And the phrase, "Touch magic, pass it on" shows up in the oddest places. After five years out of print, the book in an expanded and revised edition has been reissued by the folklore publisher, August House. The new section is called "Touchstones" and has six new essays: "Fabling to the Near Night," "Killing the Other," "Throwing Shadows," "Literature As a Social Disease," the eponymous "Touchstones," "An Experiential Act," and an updated and revised Preface. - Jane Yolen

Title:Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
Edition Language:English

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  • Trevor

    Just what is the point of stories? Why do we let them take up such a large part of our lives? How is it that we never seem to grow out of them?We are all likely to meet people who will tell us that, i...

  • Sherwood Smith

    Every few years I take this book out and reread it. Yolen writes with deceptive simplicity and clarity that one doesn't realize how profoundly true her words are until they keep coming back in memory....

  • Christine

    For some reason, I feel a desire to call for people with pitchforks and torches so we can go attack Parent Groups.I did not know that Yolen's Briar Rose had been burned. I knew it was on a list of ban...

  • Melody

    This book blew me away. It's a collection of essays about fantasy and humanity and storytelling. It's also exquisitely written, and it reinforces prejudices I didn't even realize I had. Any number of ...

  • Katherine Sas

    I feel like my subconscious is guiding me to the perfect reading order for these books on fairy tales. I'm really getting a sense of dialogue and debate between the different authors and academics, bu...

  • Deborah O'Carroll

    Struggling between a 2 and 3 star rating... But I'm currently going with 2.5 as an "overall okay; loved parts; other parts not so much". As a collection of essays, there were several I enjoyed immense...

  • Angela Boord

    I read this book in about an hour and a half, but what it had to say about the importance of unsanitized, unsentimentalized fairy tales in the lives especially of children but also of the adults those...

  • Phoebe

    A series of essays that offer an intriguing look at the role folklore and fairy tales play in children's development. Jane Yolen is an amazing person and an amazing scholar--and although I came away l...

  • David Macpherson

    A very smart, intelligent, collection of essays about the power of fantasy and folk lore. It is written by Jane Yolen, so of course, it is smart and intelligent. Her thoughts on the use of time travel...

  • Daniel

    It is for books like this that the ancients invented paper....