We have just had a very successful and enjoyable day as visiting authors. Our first book-signing event!
We read the book to the children (300 of them!), getting them to make choices along the way of what they would like to put in their own magical garden. We then got the children to imagine their magical garden with all the things they had chosen from the book. They told us which page of the book they had enjoyed the most and some of the children just couldn’t wait to share their choices.
It was such a lovely experience to see the children really enjoying the book and using their imaginations.
We must never underestimate the power of a child’s imagination! I found an article about the Power of Magical thinking and it said:
Fantasy play is correlated with other positive attributes. In preschool children, for example, those who have imaginary friends are more creative, have greater social understanding and are better at taking the perspective of others, according to Marjorie Taylor, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon and author of the book “Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them.
“Imaginary friends can also be used to help children cope with stress, Dr. Taylor says. “This is a strength of children, their ability to pretend,” she says. “They can fix the problem with their imagination.”
One of the pages of our book gives the children a choice of magical friends to accompany them in their garden. They absolutely love this page and it is lovely to see them after they have chosen their magical friend imagining them in their garden along with all of the other choices they made.
My Magical Garden is about to become available on Amazon so we will let you know ASAP!