Monday, April 30, 2012

The Princess and the Goblin

by George MacDonald

An old, allegorical fairy tale (fantasy novel) in which the young princess Irene discovers a magical great-great-grandmother in the attic, makes friends with a young miner and later rescues him from the horrid goblins, and he in turn rescues everyone in the castle.

The lesson of trust in a God we cannot see will likely need to be explained to younger children. I read this book to my kids and they loved it.

This story was first published in 1872; the author, a long-time favourite of mine, was an acquaintance of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain and greatly influenced several later writers including J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle.

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