chapter  5
Elements of storytelling for children
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I return us to the highly persuasive but seriously understated idea that ‘Adults can nurture children… but they do not have the answers… what they can do is tell children stories about the connections … ’ (Phillips 1995: 1-2). As I have written elsewhere, and discussed above, storytelling is the key that opens the door to the connections that help us make sense of the world, from faith to fortune and everything in-between, as we grow in experience from children into adults, embracing spiritual, physical, irrational and intellectual uncertainty – it is the key to the future for the world’s children and their children’s children. Television, the internet, 24/7 media, etc., throws information at children at such a speed it is impossible to keep up with it. As Melvyn Burgess has reflected, there are few secrets we can keep from children these days: ‘ … in a world more embedded in fictions than ever, in the form not just of books but gaming, politics, film, TV, adverts, even education, kids are probably more able than their parents to appreciate the different ways stories are used [my italics]’.1