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Alexander reflects on the roles dolls can play

Beatrice Alexander Reflects on Dolls and Children's Imagination, 1978

Beatrice Alexander reflects on dolls and children's Imagination, 1978.

Alexander, Beatrice
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"Imagination, what a wonderful gift! With it a child can turn a crate into a castle and anyone's favorite dolly can be a queen. A good imagination is a child's most precious toy. "But there is more to these games than fantasy. As a child learns to care for her doll, she also learns to care for herself, and what's more important, she learns to care for others. This ability to teach children to share their love is a doll's greatest gift to us all."

Beatrice Alexander Explains the Roles Dolls Can Play, 1978

Beatrice Alexander explains the roles dolls can play, 1978.

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"Some people think that dolls are only for children. They are wrong if they think only a child can learn from a doll. Dolls can teach us all an important lesson: how to live in peace. On the shelf, the African woman stands next to the Chinese peasant, the Indian stands shoulder to shoulder with the French aristocrat. These little people never speak an unkind word. They bear silent witness to the power of love. In their tiny world there are no wars and no hatred. They reflect the beauty around them and quietly point the way for us to follow."
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