Elizabeth Goudge is, in my view, one of the best children’s writers of all time, and I discovered her as a so-called grown-up. Her writing is full of wisdom wrapped in wit and wryness. Here is a fresh consideration of the value of reading fairy tales – to allow you to see your own absurdity, surely a healthy exercise from time to time.

“One of the advantages of living in a fairy tale is that you can see your own absurdity,” said Felicity. “I expect all the fairy-tale people laughed at themselves.”

Source: Elizabeth Goudge, Henrietta’s House (Radstock: Girls Gone By Publishers, 2013 (1942)), p. 135


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