Fantasy is a genre of writing in which the setting and characters are not based on reality but are based on something magical or impossible. The use of fairies, witches, trolls and other mythical figures are all examples of fantasy characters. Sometimes fantasy fiction is very involved and includes the construction of an entire world and a language.
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most famous of the fantasy writers with his novels that are set in Middle Earth and populated, inter alia, by Elves, Dwarfs, Hobbits, Trolls and Goblins. C.S. Lewis is another famous fantasy author with his Chronicles of Narnia series of books that feature a fantasy world, various mythical creatures and a witch.
The Sir Chocolate series of book are fantasy books about a land where you can eat everything, even the trees, flowers and houses. Each book sets out a situation, together with a resolution of that situation that could occur in a real life.
Book 1: Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries story and cookbook deals with bullying and the ability of kindness and compassion to overcome such behaviour;
Book 2: Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster story and cookbook is about a lost child, who exhibits destructive behaviour and needs to be reassured and returned to his mother;
Book 3: Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook and Book 4: Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook are both about nature conservation and the dire effects of the destruction of the flower fields that provide the bees with nectar and a blockage that prevents the river from flowing and the impact on the water creatures.
Book 5: Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook is about friendship and acceptance of others who are different from ourselves.
Fantasy books benefits children in the following ways:
- It helps them to develop problem-solving skills. For example, the Baby Cookie Monster is lost. How can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet help to return him to his Mother?
- It helps to foster creativity. Chocolate Land is a world where you can eat everything. The illustrations are all edible and are made from cake, biscuits, chocolate, sweets and fondant. The books include simple recipes so that children can bake under adult supervision and create their own edible illustrations.
- It helps children formulate healthy coping skills for intense emotions. For example, how do Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet react to the trolls who are throwing liquorice coals at them? How do the pair respond to the distress of the Baked Alaska Dragon?