I stumbled upon this quote when my son was a baby. What an irresistible promise it seemed to offer! In a world that has become somewhat stereo-type where thought is usually something that comes out of a gadget, the quote seemed to promise me something original. I was excited. I filled the nursery with books of all types and then….one by one I first devoured each book myself! I have always been an avid reader but it had been years since I had browsed through children’s books. I was amused. I had met my son’s friends; I had also met my teacher. A teacher who helped me begin a dialogue with my baby.
Story-telling plays a crucial role in the growth and development of a child. It nurtures a child’s imagination while developing her/his language skills. It helps a child to focus, concentrate and picturize. Moreover it is a spontaneous activity and children think of it as leisure…and we all look forward to leisure, don’t we? The company of storybooks may sometimes encourage a child be to tell a story he/she has created. This sort of story is very amusing; it contains some elements from the child’s life that have been skilfully woven into the story he/she has read or listened to.
Stories also develop the memory of a child helping him/her to remember the plot, the characters, the sequence, the message and so many other things. When reading becomes a habit the child automatically grasps the nuances in the story, the style of the author, the aptness of the language and other profound aspects of the story. Stories speak about the world around us. They also tell about a world of imagination. They make children aware of ‘socially acceptable behaviour’. They introduce a child to the inherent chain of ‘behaviour’ and consequences’. As the child graduates his/her literary boundaries expand. She/he meets so many authors through their books. He /she understands their thoughts and perspectives. Soon her/his own thoughts and perspectives start developing. The child begins to think, think creatively and think multitudinously.