Every child loves to listen to fantasy stories because through them their imagination can run wild. They can have adventures only possible in their dreams. In these dreams, the world is safe and they know no unhappiness.
Some of our favorite childhood stories have been brought to life in movies and books. All of us no doubt have a favorite that still touches our heart when we hear it. That is the power these stories can have on ones life even at an early age.
How fascinating was it to listen to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Poor Jack made a bad decision by taking the beans, yet how exciting when those beans grew into a giant stalk that led straight up to the sky! We were filled with curiosity as he climbed up that beanstalk as to what was up there. Would it be like Trenton or would it be magical?
Every girl can relate to the story of Cinderella. Made to feel ugly, dirty and worthless and nothing but a servant she won the hearts of every little girl who felt sorry for her. We wanted her to go to the ball so badly, and how thrilled we were when the fairy godmother gave her everything she wanted.
Every child wanted to visit Neverland with Peter Pan. This story is still a favorite for many with dreams of flying with pixie dust, meeting Indians and mermaids, and fighting with pirates! How much we loved listening to this story and never wanted to grow up.
Fantasy stories are huge in a child’s life and will be with them even as they grow up. Never do they tire of listening to them being read, or reading them on their own as they grow older and even watching the movie version. Let us continue to give our children stories like these, for they are only young once and dreams do matter.