One of the best memories that most people have of childhood is recalling games of “Let’s Pretend!” As an adult, is there anything better than watching a child pretend to be a fairy, a princess, a knight, or even a scuba diver? This pretend play is very important to a child’s social and cognitive development. Using imagination, children can also explore positive and negative feelings without the worry of a real-life situation.
In Soap Bubble Magic by Sara Bormolini, Aiden is the only one without magical powers in a family of fairies. One day, he pretends to make magic of his very own from soap bubbles in the bathroom sink. But when he accidentally uses a real magical item, his soap bubble magic has disastrous effects! Children will love the humor in this story, and reading about Aiden’s imagination will surely inspire magical thoughts of their own.
Research has shown that children who engage in conversation regularly or who listen to stories on a daily basis are the ones most likely to engage in pretend play. Let stories like Soap Bubble Magic help you open the door to a whole new world of imagination in your child!
Sara Bormolini was born in Como, Italy and spent her childhood between her hometown and the Alps of Livigno. Being on the move gave her a passion for traveling and a taste for new places and cultures. She’s studied in Milan, Birmingham, and Venice, and has been living in the UK after completing her master’s degree in Children’s Literature at Cambridge.
Cat lover and picture book enthusiast, Sara now lives in Oxford, where she enjoys the local eateries, the theater scene, and long hours playing board games. She is a member of the Society of Young Publishers, and she has been working as a children’s literature editor at TRP since 2014.
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