As parents and educators, we soon learn that our job is not simply to eradicate all trials and tragedies from our children’s lives. Rather it is to give them the wisdom and the courage they will need to navigate life’s stormy waters, tame the demons, and kill the dragons!
Newberry Medalist winner, Katherine Paterson, explains that good books are really a great way for children to “practice” life. But children need us to share books that can offer such an opportunity BEFORE they are needed – that is before the child suffers a devastating loss or an unexpected betrayal.
“Fairy tales do not tell children that the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” G.K. Chesterton