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Children love to have someone tell them a story. For them, it may be wonderful enough just to hear a story, but research has shown that it is also very important to their development. Between the ages of 4 and 12, huge changes occur in a child’s brain. The brain is deciding whether to create and keep new connections. If the child is receiving rich, sensory stimulation, learning increases. The type of stimulation is very important, because stimulation by itself can also be a detriment. Most animation, cartoons and regular television programming have rapid scene changes, quick edits, and fast moving images that require little thought process and do not give the brain time to engage. A child’s mind learns to expect an abnormally high level of stimulation and views that as normal, which makes reality boring by comparison.