Joan Aiken Quotes

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Joan Aiken Quotes

Why do we want to have alternate worlds? Its a way of making progress. You have to imagine something before you do it.
— Joan Aiken —

Her smile was like a swift light passing across a darkened room.
("Hair")

— Joan Aiken

Children read to learn - even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics or the copy on cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries - it is all new to them.

— Joan Aiken

The first book that a child reads has a colossal impact.

— Joan Aiken

Stories ought not to be just little bits of fantasy that are used to wile away an idle hour; from the beginning of the human race stories have been used - by priests, by bards, by medicine men - as magic instruments of healing, of teaching, as a means of helping people come to terms with the fact that they continually have to face insoluble problems and unbearable realities.

— Joan Aiken

If reading becomes a bore, mental death is on the way. Children taught to read by tedious mechanical means rapidly learn to skim over the dull text without bothering to delve into its implications
which in time will make them prey to propaganda and to assertions based on scanty evidence, or none.

— Joan Aiken

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