Truth or Fiction?
Lipkin adds, "Folklorists and storytellers believe that a personal story is formed at the place where fact and imagination come together. Even if a personal story isn't one hundred percent factually accurate, it is emotionally accurate, revealing the hopes and fears and dreams of the teller."
Sometimes a story can address a real-life dilemma in an imaginative way. "This is an ideal, non-threatening, avenue for a child to reveal things to you," Kendrick says.
Black recalls how her storytime mouse helped her son overcome a difficulty. "My son could not tell me what was wrong, but through the mouse we strategized a solution to his problem."