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Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith: Children's Myths in Contemporary America Hardcover – 13 Jul 1995

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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (13 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226107779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226107776
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,385,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is it "right" for children to believe in myths? By encouraging such myths, are parents lying to children? Moreover, do these imaginary figures undermine religious faith and encourage materialism in children? This text explores how the children themselves give meaning to Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Through interviews conducted during holiday periods real-life settings ranging from homes to shopping malls, it examines whether believing in these figures is good or bad for children. Using the childrens' own insights, it offers interpretations on topics, such as tooth loss, Christmas and Easter customs (including the Easter egg hunt) in contemporary America.

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Kirkus Review was not a typical review.
This was a scholarly book which few readers found dull. The Kirkus reviewer was the only "grinch" who has read the book. Folklorists and parents elsewhere have loved it.

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