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T h e fluidity of the b o u n d a r y b e t w e e n the i m a g i n a r y a n d the r e a l i n the l i v e s of c h i l d r e n , a n d the u n c e r t a i n t i e s a n d o p e n n e s s s u r r o u n d i n g b o t h , m a k e c h i l d r e n especially c a p able of b e i n g m o v e d b y stories w h i c h give f o r m to the e x p e r i e n c e of their i n n e r w o r l d s . A n a n a l o g y m a y be d r a w n b e t w e e n the i m p o r t a n c e of d r e a m , p h a n t a s y a n d p l a y i n analytic w o r k w i t h c h i l d r e n , as the m a j o r m e d i u m of self u n d e r s t a n d i n g , a n d the p l a y - l i k e qualities of m u c h w r i t i n g for c h i l d r e n .
Madeleine l'Engle and several other widely-read authors also deal with struggles against the forces of evil. Another way of dealing with the harsher events of the world is to place them in the past, like Hatty's loss of her parents in Tom's Midnight Garden, or Jessie's voyage in The Slave Dancer. Or, finally, the experience of loss and death can be explored through the life cycle of creatures metaphorically a little distanced from the child reader's experience, like Charlotte the spider in Char lotte's Web.
At t h e e n d , time Even scientific about it for His recognition of as t h e H a t t y h e k n e w Mrs as a c h i l d , seems t o be a c o m i n g to life of a d e a d person, the o l d lady, someone with feelings, separation f r o m his h o m e , and with love for him. T o m has h a d difficulties 31 In as his keeping alive a real a w a r e n e s s of h i s m o t h e r a n d father, a n d i n accepting h i s u n c l e a n d a u n t as substitutes for t h e m . A t the e n d of the story, h i s a u n t w i t n e s s e s a n d t h u s i n part s h a r e s i n T o m ' s u n f r o z e n capacity for affection, the r e d i s c o v e r y of h i s capacity for love, i n this t r a n s f o r m e d a n d u n u s u a l w a y .