Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children’s Literature by Jerry Griswold is more than a professional development book; it is inspiration. I picked it up for the job, but just fell in love with Griswold’s ideas. In a nutshell, he would like for us to revisit the classics with our adult eye, but child’s heart.
The opening quote by Italo Calvino says it all:
There should therefore be a time in adult life devoted to revisiting the most important books of our youth. Even if the books have remained the same, …we have most certainly changed, and our encounter with them will be a new
Author Griswold would like for us to remember what it was like to be young. He breaks down the book into five different themes: snugness, scariness, smallness, lightness, and aliveness. In “Snugness” he takes a few minutes to remind us how important making tents out of a table and chairs are to youngsters. My favorite place to feel snug was inside a clothes rack at the local K-Mart. I’d wiggle into the middle and play quietly while my mom searched frantically.
If you would like to get in touch with your inner child you needn’t wait to read Feeling Like a Kid. Go ahead and get started by reading a Christmas classic such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or Clement Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas to yourself or any lucky child visiting this holiday season.