People have been telling each other stories since ancient times. At the campfire, in rock caves, in huts, houses, castles and palaces. Hardly anyone, rich or poor, can escape the fascination of a well-told story. Maybe one or the other will only be told once, but for once it has served its purpose: to take your listeners into the realm of fantasy. However, many an exciting fairy tale is passed on to generations – in the past as well as today. Just think of the Grimm Brothers' Snow White, Hans Christian Andersen's Steadfast tin Soldier, the Pied Piper of Hamelin or the fantastic tales of Scheherazade from 1001 Nights. They all enchanted us, gave us moments of dreaming.
What once began - perhaps at the campfire - continued with the storytellers and minstrels of the Middle Ages, who went from village to village and from town to town to recite their songs, sagas, legends, myths and fairy tales. They became superfluous when the printing press was invented in the 15th century. From now on people read and – read aloud. How I loved listening to my grandmother Anna when she read the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. This was one of my evening highlights, especially in winter. Then we sat by the warm tiled stove, grandma in an armchair, I on a small bench at her feet, spellbound listening to the stories that grandma told in her inimitable, vivid way. The times are long gone, many fairy tale books were replaced by blockbusters and e-books, Snow White by Harry Potter. But why not? Every era has its heroes.
But why not? Every era has its heroes. It is said that children who read or are read to develop more imagination and feelings. They share their loved ones excitement, images form in their heads, which they associate with the written word and in this way acquire language skills. Digital media, cinema, television cannot convey that. That's what experts say. I believe them.