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Thresholds of Change in Children’s Literature: The Symbol of the Mirror


NAERJ Volume 7, Number 2, ISSN 2254-7339 Publisher: University of Alicante


This article approaches the study of children\u2019s literature as a threshold of change that allows readers to explore the reality around them, imagine other worlds and understand other perspectives. Based on the notion of the child\u2019s cognitive development organized into four stages \u2015pre-reading, fantastic stage, fantastic-realistic stage and aesthetics stage\u2015 reading becomes a resource to combine fantasy and experience where the mirror is a highly suggestive element and prone to hundreds of interpretations and applications as can be seen in the plots of well-known books such as the brother Grimm\u2019s Snow White, Lewis Carroll\u2019s Through the Looking-Glass, Michael Ende\u2019s The Neverending story and J.K. Rowling\u2019s The Philosopher\u2019s Stone, among others. As a result, as young readers go from one stage to another, the mirror gains greater symbolic complexity and they face the discovery of the self and the other as well as the confrontation between the so-called primary and secondary worlds, reality and the marvelous.


Arlandis, S. & Reyes-Torres, A. (2018). Thresholds of Change in Children’s Literature: The Symbol of the Mirror. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research (NAER Journal), 7(2), 125-130. University of Alicante. Retrieved January 17, 2019 from .