The story of fantasy in relation to children’s literature is one of forceful contradictions: it is criticized for being fraudulent, irrational, frightening, and overly imaginative; for being formulaic, escapist, and not imaginative enough; for being suitable only for children and for being suitable only for adults. The seeds of this energetic debate take us into the very source of story making: imagination and reason.

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