Unseen worlds: looking through the lens of childhood

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The child’s world often revolves around dreams and fantasy. Imaginary friends, places and play can seem entirely real, and yet in dismissing these as ‘just your imagination’, many adults cut a tie that can be the key to understanding a child.

Unseen Worlds explores children’s experiences of creative play, fairies, angels, imaginary friends, dreams and seeing deceased relatives alongside the more frightening realms of nightmares and the unexplained. It breaks new ground by giving voice to children of various ages to express how they encounter these different worlds and why they often keep them a secret. Kate Adams emphasises that whilst many adults forget what it feels like to be a child, developing a little empathy and understanding can enhance relationships with children and lead to positive change, both in parenting and professional practice.

This insightful book will be of great interest to educators, counsellors, youth and community workers, childcare providers, parents and anybody else who seeks to understand, nurture, and strengthen relationships with children of all ages.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages178
ISBN (Print)9781849050517
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • children's spirituality
  • Imaginary friends
  • Imagination
  • Dreams


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