Seeing Past Z: Nurturing the Imagination in a Fast-Forward World

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Impassioned and eloquent―reasons and inspirations for nurturing your child's creativity.

Kids today seem to be under more competitive pressure than ever, while studies show that reading, writing, and the arts in schools are suffering. Is there any place for imagination in kids' lives anymore? In a dog-eat-dog world, why dream things that aren't there?

In gorgeous prose and through personal stories, Beth Kephart resoundingly affirms the imagination as the heart of our ability to empathize with others, to appreciate the world, and to envision possibilities for the future. The star of her story is once again her son, Jeremy (as in her National Book Award-nominated A Slant of Sun), now fourteen years old―a child who at first resists storytelling, preferring more objective and orderly pursuits, but later leads a neighborhood book club/writing group and aspires to follow Steven Spielberg into moviemaking.

Embedded in the text and appendices are examples of how to inspire children to read, write, and dream.

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Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of a memoir trilogy. She has written about writing and the imagination for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Parenting. She lives in Devon, Pennsylvania.

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I often find myself yearning to know exactly what it is that other mothers do in the small moments of their days, and this intimate portrait fed my hunger like a feast. Beth Kephart shares the everyday ways she helped to bring her son's imagination to life, and in so doing she shows how small moments can coalesce into huge satisfactions. -- Jennie Nash, author of Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight

Remember that old chestnut about stopping and smelling the roses? Well, if it weren't for Beth Kephart we might just forget to let our children do it, too. Kephart is the voice of sanity in a world where four-year-olds have day planners. If you have any memory at all of long, lazy afternoons when you had nowhere to go except into your own imagination, you must read Kephart's smart and tender account of the wonderful, incredible things that happened when she just let her son be. You will be awed and inspired and grateful and you will see your children in a whole new way. At least until dinnertime. -- Cynthia Kaplan, author of Why I'm Like This: True Stories

In our current culture of competitive parenting and hyper-competent superkids, Seeing Past Z is a subversive, brilliant, and deeply affecting account of one family's decision to step out of the mad race to achievement and onto a different path....Kephart offers her son the greatest gift a parent can bestow--her own abiding faith in him, just as he is. What a different world it would be if all parents read this bold, brave book and took its message to heart. --Katrina Kenison, bestselling author of Mitten Strings for God"

This is not just a how-to for parents who want to get their kids away from the TV and Game Boy. In her inimitable velvet prose, Beth Kephart reminds us how to nurture children's imaginations; in so doing, she nurtures the imagination of anyone who would pick up this book. If you love kids, or you love books, you will adore Seeing Past Z. --Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath"

Beth Kephart's approach to fostering a child's innate imagination is similar to the wisdom of a subsistence hunter: finding, with quiet gratitude and with respect for the rhythms and the unexpected in life, the sustenance in everything-flesh, bone, heart, memory, even magic. Seeing Past Z is a moving, beautifully evoked reminder of what it means to be truly present as a parent, so that our children can someday leave us, whole and wholly themselves. --Kate Moses, author of Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath and co-editor of Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood"

As good parents we tend to think exhaustively about our children, even when we know that thinking is not enough. Beth Kephart illuminates how the stories we tell one another enable us to feel with-and for-our kids. We've been entrusted with the bright fires of imagination; words are our fuel. Thanks to Beth and her son Jeremy for making the soul sparks fly in my household once again.--Alyson Hagy, author of Keeneland and Graveyard of the Atlantic

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