The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood (Paperback)

Imagination and Childhood

By Ellen Handler Spitz

Anchor Books, 9780385720052, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2007



In this remarkable book, Ellen Handler Spitz shows how to promote children's creative and emotional growth by making the most of the unlimited possibilities of everyday experiences.Through delightful anecdotes about real children and their treasures, bedrooms, play spaces, music, scary things, and birthday parties, The Brightening Glance will inspire you to create a life of wonder, inventiveness, and cultural enrichment for your child.

About the Author

Ellen Handler Spitz is a professor in the Honors College and Department of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The author of Inside Picture Books, she has written and lectured extensively on children's aesthetic and psychological development. A visual artist and former dancer, she has taught at Columbia, Stanford, and New York University, among other academic institutions. She lives in Baltimore and New York City.

Praise For The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood

“An enthralling guide to life-enhancing parenting.”
—E. D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy

“This is the tome I would want to carry to the mountaintop, for it shouts all my deepest passions: it is all about sparking the aesthetic imagination of the young child, through careful attention to the quiet and the beautiful all around.”
—Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune

“An eloquent celebration of the power of children's imagination when they are encouraged to discover the world of nature and the arts at their own pace. . . . The best possible advice for parents who want to raise a self-confident, creative child.”
—Judith Wallerstein, author of What About the Kids? Raising Children Before, During and After Divorce

“This book will touch your soul, stir up joyous memories of your own childhood, and turn you into a child's best partner in adventure and discovery of the world.”
—Dr. Alla Efimova, Chief Curator, The Magnes Museum