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Writing: The Super-Secret Super-Vitamin for Adults AND Kids - Writer’s Relief Blog
We’re pleased to share this guest post written by Jenni Buchanan. As the Reading Rainbow Mom, Jenni enjoys encouraging readers of ALL ages to believe that they can “go anywhere, be anything.” And since reading and writing go hand in hand, Jenni shares with us how writing benefits kids of all ages and what can be done to make the most of those benefits.

Writing: The Super-Secret Super-Vitamin for Adults AND Kids - Writer’s Relief Blog

We’re pleased to share this guest post written by Jenni Buchanan. As the Reading Rainbow Mom, Jenni enjoys encouraging readers of ALL ages to believe that they can “go anywhere, be anything.” And since reading and writing go hand in hand, Jenni shares with us how writing benefits kids of all ages and what can be done to make the most of those benefits.

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Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. The great religions are all metaphor. We appreciate things like Daniel and the lion’s den, and the Tower of Babel. People remember these metaphors because they are so vivid you can’t get free of them and that’s what kids like in school. They read about rocket ships and encounters in space, tales of dinosaurs. All my life I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, Yeah, there’s a story. And that’s what kids like. Today, my stories are in a thousand anthologies. And I’m in good company. The other writers are quite often dead people who wrote in metaphors: Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne. All these people wrote for children. They may have pretended not to, but they did.
Ray Bradbury

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