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The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories
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The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories (Hardback)

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From the father of modern

Italian children's literature, a guide to fairytales and folk tales and their

great advantages in teaching creative storytelling.

A groundbreaking pedagogical work that is also a

handbook for writers of all ages and kinds, The Grammar of

Fantasy gives each of us a playful, practical path to finding our own

voice through the power of storytelling. Full of ideas, glosses on fairytales,

stories, and wide-ranging activities, including the fantastic binomial, this

book changed how creative arts were taught in Italian schools.

Gianni Rodari is widely regarded as the father

of modern Italian children's literature, but he is also remembered for his

visionary pedagogy, and it is these two fields he combines in this revolutionary

essay collection. Translated into English by acclaimed children's historian

Jack Zipes and illustrated for the first time ever by Matthew Forsythe, this

edition of The Grammar of Fantasy is one to live with and

return to for its humor, intelligence, and truly deep understanding of


As translator and esteemed fairytale scholar

Jack Zipes puts it, "Rodari grasped children's need to play with life's rules

by using the grammar of their own imaginations. They must be encouraged to

question, challenge, destroy, mock, eliminate, generate, and reproduce their

own language and meanings through stories that will enable them to narrate

their own lives."


hope this small book," writes Rodari, "can be useful for all those people who

believe it is necessary for the imagination to have a place in education; for

all those who trust in the creativity of children; and for all those who know

the liberating value of the word."

Widely considered the father of modern Italian children's literature, Gianni Rodari (1920-1980) grew up in Northern Italy and wrote hundreds of stories, poems, and songs for children. In 1960, he collaborated with the Education Cooperation Movement to develop exercises to encourage children's creative and critical thinking abilities. The recipient of the prestigious Andersen Prize in recognition of his contribution to children's literature, he was also an educator of paramount importance in Italy and an activist who understood the liberating power of the imagination. Jack Zipes is a renowned children's historian and folklorist who has written, translated, and edited dozens of books on fairytales. He is a professor at the University of Minnesota. Matthew Forsythe lives in Montreal where he draws and paints for picture books, comics, and animations. His picture book Pokko and the Drum was a Publishers Weekly and NPR Book of the Year and won a Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor and Charlotte Zolotow Honor.

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