On the magic of fairy tales…

This is from a review of a new book of Grimm’s tales, translated and edited by Maria Tatar:

Deceptively simple, their magic appeals to us not only when we are young. They perform a lasting and invaluable educational task: they teach us to marvel, to quest, to seek. We learn from their twists and turns—from a girl’s seven brothers transformed into ravens and then back again, or from a greedy fishwife who ends her days in a pigsty—that truth may abide in the strangeness of fantasy.

The reviewer, Ellen Handler Spitz, teaches  at UMBC and writes frequently about children’s literature. Read the whole review (by clicking the first link, above) and see whether you agree her claims about children, children’s literature, and fairy tales.

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About Elisabeth Gruner

English professor, University of Richmond
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