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How can you help children to develop a love of reading and books? Which books are the best ones to use in primary teaching? How do you make the most of children's literature in teaching across the curriculum?

Fantasy and Magic
Fantasy and magic
Introduction

The whole area of fiction which can be variously classed as fantasy, magic or science fiction covers a vast territory: the whole realm of ‘what-if?’ ideas. A very loose definition might be ‘stories which explore the possibilities of some kind of paranormal or technical development which is not currently a part of everyday life’. But who would choose to read a story described like that?

The instant reaction to the idea that magic and science fiction can be grouped together may be surprise or disagreement, but in fact the two types have more ...

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