Friday, September 18, 2009

Believing in Magic

My daughter spent yesterday afternoon looking for secret portals.

Her 2nd grade teacher is reading "The Doll People" to the class. (My 9-year-old boy also highly recommends this series--he read it in 3rd grade.) Jasmine is just sure she'll find an adventure if only I'll help her remove the grate to the heating vent so she can crawl inside.

I love when a story can capture the imagination so completely. Do you remember as a child expecting magic and mystery around every corner? Trying to sneak back into your room to see if the toys were talking about you while you were gone? Jumping from the roof with your favorite blanket and trying to fly like Underdog? Okay, maybe that one was just me.

I still believe in magic. I write about it every day. I feel it sometimes when I'm around other creative people. I see it in beaming faces and sparkly eyes.

What books or life experiences have taught you to believe in magic?


Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I totally remember trying to catch my toys talking.

Susan R. Mills said...

Chronicles of Narnia! I still believe in that kind of magic.

Sarah Laurenson said...

My stuffed animals were characters in my stories. Of course, they talked. :-)

Rebecca Gomez said...

The Chronicles of Narnia for me too!

I loved The Doll People. It was one of those books that surprised me by how much I enjoyed it.

storyqueen said...

My eldest daughter LOVED The Doll People. Such a cool, magical book.


Kelly Polark said...

Thanks for the recommendation on that book! I'll look for it for my daughter!
I remember imagining being in a Wrinkle in Time.

Jen Robinson said...

I LOVE this post, Sherrie. For me it was the Borrowers. I SO wanted there to be little people who could come live in my dollhouse. I later wrote my own story in which a family of leprechauns came to live in the main character's dollhouse (little people AND three wishes).

Tess said...

I read The Witch Of Blackbird Pond when I was (relatively) little and it really began my love affair w/ historical fiction. Ah...what a beautiful world that book is.

lisa and laura said...

That is so cute! I think that we all have to believe in magic just a little bit. Otherwise, what would be the point?

Sherrie Petersen said...

Tamara: I also used to sneak behind the tv to catch the people coming out the back when we turned it off!

Susan: LOVE Chronicles of Narnia!

Sarah: Of course!

Rebecca: Narnia and the Doll People are both wonderfully imaginative :)

Shelley: The best kind of magic!

Kelley: A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorites, too :)

Jen: I didn't know you wrote, too! Sounds like a wonderful story =)

Tess: Historical fiction is so great. My son's class is reading Witch of Blackbird Pond and I'm loving it all over again :)

LiLa: Life without magic would be sad!

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