Power of Art, Creativity, and Imagination in Children’s Literature

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Power of Art, Creativity, and Imagination in Children’s Literature “Imagination is the true magic carpet ride,” as Norman Vincent Peale once said. Indeed this proves to be true in Crockett Johnson’s, Harold and the Purple Crayon, when Harold, a small boy with a large imagination, creates his world using a purple crayon. Also, Leo Lionni uses a mouse named Fredrick to capture “colors” and “sunrays” in his Caldecott winning book Fredrick. However, imagination is not the only tool utilized in these books; art, and the power found in creativity are equally stressed. Also, while both books contain these three elements they address them in different ways. Both Harold and the Purple Crayon and Fredrick illustrate art as a medium for imagination and power; however, Fredrick emphasizes the effect of art on the community while Harold plays with his purple crayon seeing it a source for his own entertainment. Fredrick, a small field mouse, comes from the well spring of Leo Lionni’s mind to symbolize the impact art and imagination has on the community. Fredrick, unlike the rest of ...

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