Saturday, February 24, 2007

Quotes of Note....

The dragon is the stranger, the other, the non-human:
a wild spirit, dangerous, winged, which escapes
and destroys the artificial order of oppression.
The dragon is the familiar also, our own imagining,
a speaking spirit, wise, winged,
which imagines a new order of freedom.
The child who is in our care,
the child we have betrayed, is our guide.
She leads us to the dragon.
She is the dragon.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Children's Literature New England Symposium 1992

Years ago I used to admonish parents
who revered facts over fancy,
“it takes a certain elasticity of mind to comprehend a dragon."
Ethel Heins
Children's Literature New England Symposium 1989

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