|aEnchanted hunters :|bthe power of stories in childhood /|cMaria Tatar.
|aNew York :|bW.W. Norton,|cc2009.
|aviii, 296 p. :|bill. ;|c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -284) and index.
|aIntroduction: Comfort zones or conflict zones -- Reading them to sleep : storytelling and the invention of bedtime reading -- Beauty, horror, and ignition power : can books change us? -- "Now I lay me down to sleep" : brushes with death -- The magic art of the great humbug : how to do things with words -- Theaters for the imagination : what words can do to you.
|aTatar challenges the assumptions we make about childhood reading. By exploring how beauty and horror operate in children's literature, she examines how and what children read, showing how literature transports and transforms children with its intoxicating, captivating and occasionally terrifying energy.