The art of play

Jennifer Trafton, children's book author, shared some good words over at The Rabbit Room on the art of play, specifically as it relates to the reading and writing of children's books. Here's a taste:

I will defend and defend the belief that the deepest reality of human life that we must impress upon children is not that life is hard and death is inevitable and they need to get used to sadness and darkness and make the best of it. The deepest reality is joy. The prize hidden under the scratch-and-win card of life is a beauty so big that no happy ending in a story can even come close to approximating it. War is a horrific stain on the floor of an extravagant ballroom. Tears are temporary; laughter is eternal.

Read more of The Art of Play by Jennifer Trafton. (ht: roots and wings)