Monday, April 30, 2012
The Princess and the Goblin
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.