A story is a doorway
That opens on a wider place.
A story is a mirror
To reflect the reader's face.
A story is a question
You hadn't thought to ponder,
A story is a pathway,
Inviting your to wander.
A story is a window,
A story is a key,
A story is a lighthouse,
Beaming out to sea.
A story's a beginning,
A story is an end,
And in the story's middle,
You just might find a friend.
Lynch-Brown & Tomlinson, 2005, Essentials
of Children’s Literature, p. 2)
A good story should alter you in some way; it should change
your thinking, your feeling, your psyche, or the way you look at
things. A story is an abstract experience; it's
rather like venturing through a maze. When you come
out of it, you should feel slightly changed (Allen Say).
is filled with ideas that need to be explored.
Literature helps us to see our world in new
ways. It brings us to a deeper understanding of life.