From the Editor

What draws us to the realm of the fantastical? Why are we driven to explain the inexplicable? How do seemingly outlandish tales shape our societies, our lives, and ourselves? In this issue of KidSpirit, contributors traverse the world of magic and myth, venturing across centuries of history and a wide array of cultures to investigate

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Mythical Magic

by Jaileah Milton

It’s not something you can see or hear; But it gives you some sort of drive. It’s like your five senses disappear; The more you want it, the more you strive. We held on to it for as long as we could; But we had some growing up to do. Was it all imagination? We

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Why Fantasy, Anyway?

by Caroline Hochman

Buffy Summers. When hearing that name, many would respond “Who?,” “What?,” or maybe even “Um . . . Bless you?” Some might think to themselves, “Oh yeah, that wacko vampire killer, or was it slayer . . . or maybe slasher?” Some might say, “Oh great, another nutty vampire-loving teenage cult-weirdo.” But, to me, Buffy

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Exploring Fairy Tales: A Touch of Magic

by Dr. Maria Tatar

Fairy tales, like all stories with a touch of magic, have a high quotient of weirdness. These narratives take us out of our comfort zones, roughing us up in the process and sometimes even rewiring our brains. Beans that grow into sky-high beanstalks, a bloodthirsty giant who grinds bones to make his bread, a goose

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Grandmother’s Mythic Kingdom

by Noorjehan Asim

I’ve always had a soft spot for the surreal. My fondest childhood memories are of my grandmother’s dark bedroom, dimly lit by a row of candles. Despite Pakistan’s notorious ups and downs with power generation, this darkness was deliberate. During my childhood, evenings were a gateway to a world beyond toys and television. The tedium

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My World

by Nusrat Angela

I have always thought “my world” is too small. Living in a crowded city in Bangladesh, I am surrounded by one “class” of people. I am rooted in a conservative society in which, from a very young age, a path is set for every child. Being different is met with disapproval; it means you have

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Why You Cannot Schedule a Daydream

by Jay Griffiths

Huckleberry Finn complains about the clockworked Widow Douglas: “The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell – everything’s so awful reg’lar a body can’t stand it… I can’t stand it. It’s awful to be tied up so.” The Algonquin saw something similar. When missionaries

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Limits to the Imagination

From the Editor

In this issue’s Big Question, writer Allie McIntosh muses that years ago the meadow where she is penning her article “held the most spectacular inspiration.” Now, she wonders, “Where are the words and the colors that used to dance around my head in a flurry of excitement and wonder?” What is the imagination? What is

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by Pie Rasor

Inspired by the Penderwicks at Point Mouette: I fear I have writer’s Great Wall of China. It circles the busy, bustling town of novels and fiction. It has trapped the hills that surround the small hamlet of poetry. Only good words are not caught. Pie Rasor