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Fiction Books Fires Up Children’s and Adult’s Imagination

January 29, 2007 by  
Filed under Education

Fiction books that deal with diverse topics like science, space travel, wizards, demons, knights of ancient times and dragons, time travel and a lot more are common fare for children of all ages and even adults as demonstrated by the current day Harry Potter series.

From classic stories such as Aesop’s Fables, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the James Bond paperback spy novels and Lord of the Rings’ genre of goblins and wizardry, both children and adults have taken (and continually embark on) endless journeys of fantasy.

These fiction books have contributed immensely to the reading and comprehension abilities of children at a very young age. Word meanings have been researched and understood, vocabularies enriched and comprehension of complex sentences and the ability to dissect plots. These abilities, which put a child in good stead in future studies, are major contributions of reading fiction books to the development of children.

Reading fictional accounts and stories can make children readily understand in an uncomplicated manner what would have been otherwise a dull and boring subject had the story setting been otherwise.

More interestingly, the motivational factor of fiction books can not be underestimated since fiction books have inspired some children to become today’s scientists who engage in technical research, space exploration, engineering and physics in order to bring their childhood fantasies to reality.

Remember Flash Gordon and Dick Tracy and how they communicate with others? Flash Gordon uses a handheld communicator whereas Dick Tracy sports a trendy watch telephone – precursors of today’s cellular phones and PDAs!

Some parents are afraid that if their children read fiction books, doing so would be detrimental top their academic and intellectual development, which is why they prefer non-fiction books only for their children.

Actually, child development professionals explain that it is good for children to read a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. More so on fiction books because they invariably stimulate an individual’s imagination to create a make believe world within the logical parameters. Fiction gives children an insight on new worlds, alien societies, different historical periods and different technologies which serve as a catalyst for developing and adapting the same gadgets and technologies that conform to our own standards and technology.

The several types of fiction books help children and teenagers deal with real life issues. Speculative fiction helps young kids to think outside the box; contemporary fiction makes it easier for them to understand interpersonal relationships, current issues on dating, drugs, and pressure from school and friends while mystery fiction helps broaden critical thinking skills.

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