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Francis Spufford in The Child That Books Built shows how fictional books play a key role in the development of a child into adulthood The title suggests that for children who are addicted to reading it is books that form the adult they become Spuffords book shows reading to be a retreat from the real world to a more interesting and adventurous place He tells of how for him reading was the ultimate form of escapism from his challenging childhood during which he witnessed his sisters torment by a rare genetic condition that left her poised at the point of death Spufford states that Bridgets fragility made the whole world fragile Spufford realized that with books he could be transported to a world of solidity He explores how the childs absorption of the notion of storytelling gives an insight into the realms of child psychology Embedded in the analysis of Piaget Chomsky and Bettleheim are his precise descriptions of the feelings and sensations that occur within a child whilst lost in the world created by the author The book which extracted from me the feelings and sensations described by Spufford was Ian Serrailliers The Silver Sword I can recall having to leave the book and longing to go back to reading it again The book made me feel warm inside it gripped me in a way no other book had I was engrossed by the sense of adventure and can recall laughing out loud at the humour At the same time I remember the despair I felt for their situation and the relief at the books happy ending It was only at a later stage of my childhood when I studied World War II in History that I realised the underlying impact the book had on me I had been inadvertently studying the refugee crisis in war-torn Poland and learning about the horrors of war from a childs points of view It gave me
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