Originally posted by TRUMPETMAN:
Greetings from the south....
Since I have an aspiring wizard in the house who is also an avid reader, I was wondering if some list members might have some suggestions for some inspiring reading ? ...
What would you like them to come away from their reading with?
The grubby tales of self aggrandizing neurotic people with a hole in their souls that can be filled only by the command of awe in others is not such a nice thing. Add to that the usual tales of how people took routines from each other without permission, sent in spies to steal learn and copy the mechanics of tricks and worse... well perhaps not the right message for a child. Tales of Mr. Robert-Houdin brining 19th century technology to show stronger magic than the local Arab leaders ... interesting subject if you approve of colonialism. How about the use of conjuring ideas in warfare via camouflage and mock tanks. Saved many lives and also some large shipyards.
Would you like them to learn about what magic can be for people? The Harry Potter stories offer much in that department. Likewise if the youngster is read for a head-on view of the issues that come up when magic is used, try Neil Gaiman's story The Books of Magic
BUT be prepared for lots of questions which take some research. Yes there are annotations available though they also expect the reader to have access to the primary sources like Campbell and Bullfinches Mythology.
Recently the notion of ideas and how they affect us as human beings was explored in Promethea
. Perhaps not entirely safe for children as it does touch upon sexuality.
I guess the book A Wrinkle in Time
and Carroll's "Alice" stories might be old hat by now. :D