Friday, February 3, 2012

Why You Should Read Fairy Tales to Your Kids

Four of my favorite authors/thinkers on writing fantasy, and how it leads us to recognize God:

J.R.R. Tolkien called fantasy the most perfect art form and described Christ's birth, life, death and resurrection as "the greatest fairy tale of all. And wonder of wonders, it is true."

G. K. Chesterton said that fantasy reminds us that "the universe is wild and full of marvels... In the fairy tales the cosmos goes mad, but the hero does not go mad. In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness... of the cosmos."

C. S. Lewis observed, "It would be nice if no little boy... were ever at all frightened. But if he were going to be frightened, I think it would be better he should think of giants and dragons than merely of burglars."

George MacDonald: "If I can wake in any human heart just a little fluttering of life, if I can help any human soul to feel... that there is an eternal world, a world of life, of truth; a world of duty, of hope, of infinite joy... If I can make the clouds just part the least bit, and give a glimpse of the blue sky, of the infinite realities of things, then I hold that it is worth doing."


  1. Wonderful points those four fellows made : ) Hi, Anne! Thanks for following the new are things going?

    1. Erin - things are great! 2012 is shaping up to be a busy year for us - lots of travel; but I'm also looking forward to working more on the house/garden this year - your blog has inspired me! Wish I was as "crafty" as you! We sure do miss your little Dorr clan, please let us know if you are in KY any time this year and we'd love to get together.