From the father of modern
Italian children's literature, a guide to fairytales and folk tales and their
great advantages in teaching creative storytelling.
A groundbreaking pedagogical work that is also a
handbook for writers of all ages and kinds, The Grammar of
gives each of us a playful, practical path to finding our own
voice through the power of storytelling. Full of ideas, glosses on fairytales,
stories, and wide-ranging activities, including the fantastic binomial, this
book changed how creative arts were taught in Italian schools.
Gianni Rodari is widely regarded as the father
of modern Italian children's literature, but he is also remembered for his
visionary pedagogy, and it is these two fields he combines in this revolutionary
essay collection. Translated into English by acclaimed children's historian
Jack Zipes and illustrated for the first time ever by Matthew Forsythe, this
edition of The Grammar of Fantasy
is one to live with and
return to for its humor, intelligence, and truly deep understanding of
As translator and esteemed fairytale scholar
Jack Zipes puts it, "Rodari grasped children's need to play with life's rules
by using the grammar of their own imaginations. They must be encouraged to
question, challenge, destroy, mock, eliminate, generate, and reproduce their
own language and meanings through stories that will enable them to narrate
their own lives."
hope this small book," writes Rodari, "can be useful for all those people who
believe it is necessary for the imagination to have a place in education; for
all those who trust in the creativity of children; and for all those who know
the liberating value of the word.