A Story from a Child's Imagination
Is it possible that a 3-to-5-year-old child can have a wilder and more colourful imagination, as his thoughts then are relatively still unfettered by the urges of conformity?
Isn’t it true that ever since from birth, a child would start to be subjected continually to a rigorous regimen of conformity to life’s expected norms?
Would this eventually inhibit imaginations? Or, if we were to put it in another way, nurture a predictability of thoughts and acceptable thinking at the expense of imagination?
This ebook, created from a 4-year-old child’s vivid imagination, brought up these interesting and thought-provoking questions.
But regardless of what the answers may be, it is still hoped that this book can serve as an inspiration to all parents. Hopefully, it will encourage them to try to tap into and capture the pure, uninhibited and unbridled, colourful imaginations of their young children.
The Story Behind the Story
Marcus inadvertently created his story when he was four, while he was being read the picture book "The Plot Chickens".
The Plot Chickens' main character, which was actually a chicken, aspired to be a writer. The chicken was creating her story following an advice provided her in a few easy steps. As the chicken created her story step by step, so did Marcus, creating his own version. Towards the last step, Marcus' father realized that the different scenarios suggested by his son would make a very nice story. To preserve the story as a keepsake, Marcus' parents then decided to publish the story as a picture book.
But the T-Rex book was not really Marcus' first story. A few months earlier, while attending The Shichida Method classes, he created a short story for his class assignment, which was actually his very first one. But because of the usual adult disdain of children's so-called incoherent babbling and wild imagination, it was not taken seriously by his parent.
Marcus' favorite stuffs at that time, like most boys his age, were dinosaurs, pirates, monsters and anything that was gross......booger, poo, pong etc. Hence, the story was packed with most of these unsavoury stuffs.
Some of the characters and scenes were heavily influenced by what he was reading at that time.
One of his favorite picture book series was "Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs" by Giles Andreae. And one of his favorite character was the grubby monster Morris, also by the same author.
Marcus was very much involved in the character concept development in the creation of this storybook. He chose and helped drew out the different characters found in his story. And he also reviewed and edited most of the illustrations done for his picture book.
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