Now that I've experienced this fact with my own daughter and students, I realize that many children's stories, folk tales, fantasies and family traditions are meant to cultivate that sense of wonder. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time, encourages all who wish children to discover and learn to participate: "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." Some schools and parents never read fiction or fairy tales, one of the great creators of imagination and wonder. Many day cares and preschools today focus on academics rather than imaginative play. Some parents believe that telling their children that there is a Santa Claus is telling them a lie. Yet with anything that requires "suspended disbelief" requires creating a lie in one's mind.
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