Eileen Kennedy-Moore's Imaginary Friends

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On occasion, while in a grocery store or at a family reunion, we see a young child having a conversation with themselves, or at least that’s what we think. In Eileen Kennedy-Moore’s article “Imaginary Friends”, she reveals that “by age seven, about 37% of children take imaginative play a step farther and create an invisible friend” (Paragraph 5). Since every child is different, there is a variety of types of imaginary friends. Kennedy-Moore tells us about the experimentation of some students at the University of Oregon. This experimentation revealed to us the three most common types of imaginary friends. First, there is the group of friends around the same age as the child, whom they do certain activities with such as go to the fair and birthday …show more content…
The author, Eileen Kennedy-Moore, did an excellent job of explaining all the different aspects and facts about imaginary friends and the children who create them. I chose this article because I had an imaginary friend when I was little and I was always curious why. This article really fed to my interest about my creation of my friend, Shandra. Kennedy-Moore did a great job of going into detail about topics that certain people might not know about, such as giving definitions along with words that aren’t commonly used and giving various examples throughout the article. While this article is based on facts and research, one downside to this article is that Kennedy-Moore really only used one source for most of her article. In order to provide as much support and evidence as possible, she should have used several credible sources to back her information. I read this article to build on my knowledge about imaginary friends because it is something that interests me. I found that her main ideas for this topic are those that inform parents about the various forms of imaginary friends and that they are nothing to worry about unless in severe conditions. Kennedy-Moore’s reasoning for writing this article was a very important one in my opinion and she did a great job of informing parents about their children and also their friends. The ideas presented in this article were rather clear for the most part, leaving only a few times that her ideas weren’t completely clear. One time I found this problem was when she was telling us about the three different types of friends. She didn’t really tell us about the types of imaginary friends, she just gave us examples of them. In order to make it clearer, she should have told us about each specific type of friend then went on to give us an example of each. One thing I liked about this article is that she presented us with statistics that prove the