Hi, I’m Ryan Johnson. The chief storyteller and daydreamer here at Cora Stories. Welcome!
This site is the home for my children’s stories, and I hope, a place for children -- and parents -- tap into deeper levels of creativity, meaning and experience in their lives.
A story is an amazing thing. Yes, stories are entertaining, but so much more. Stories help us grow as individuals, family members and citizens.
As author Philip Pullman puts it, "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
The child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim explains why in The Uses of Enchantment, his book on the power and necessity of fairy tales in our lives:
“Fairy tales, unlike any other form of literature, direct the child to discover his identity and calling, and they also suggest what experiences are needed to develop his character further. Fairy tales intimate that a rewarding, good life is within one’s reach despite adversity -- but only if one does not shy away from the hazardous struggles without which one can never achieve true identity. These stories promise that if a child dares to engage in this fearsome and taxing search, benevolent powers will come to his aid, and he will succeed.”
This is the mission here at Cora Stories. To help children become their best, fullest and happiest selves with daily adventures for their souls and imagination. Dr. Seuss said the same thing: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Thanks for joining me!
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