"People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn't seen some of it."
Eight-year-old Princess Irene is everything a princess of her age should be: brave, imaginative, strong-willed, and eager to be a good person. But her situation is not ideal: She lives in a lonely castle separated from her kingdom with her nursemaid, amid mines full of goblins who seek to destroy her and her family.
But one day, the young princess happens upon the ghost of her namesake while exploring her castle and begins an adventure to overtake the goblins and restore order to her kingdom. Along the way she makes new friends, experiences powerful magic from her ancestors, and shows the world what a brave and daring princess can do even when the world is stacked against her.
The Princess and the Goblin will enchant audiences of all ages and whirl them away to a world of magic and adventure. Originally written as a serial, each chapter leaves audiences wanting to continue the adventure and cheer on Princess Irene in her quest.---from the publisher
149 pages 979-8771776835 Ages 5-10
Keywords: fairy tale, fantasy and magic, princess, classic, magical creatures, adventure, overcoming obstacles, quest, believing in yourself, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, courage, kindness
******** "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald is a classic fairy tale novel first published in 1872. The story takes place in a medieval kingdom and follows the adventures of Princess Irene, the only daughter of a queen, who lives in a castle on a mountain top. One day, Princess Irene begins to see goblins lurking in the shadows who want to capture her and take her to their underground kingdom. She eventually meets Curdie, a miner's son, who helps her to overcome the dangerous creatures.
Throughout their journey, Princess Irene and Curdie face various challenges and magical events that test their courage and friendship. They encounter a wise old woman who gives them important advice, a magical thread that guides them through the darkness of the underground tunnels, and a cunning goblin king who wants to keep Princess Irene captive in his kingdom.
One of the key themes of the novel is the power of imagination and the importance of courage, kindness, and selflessness. The imaginative descriptions of the supernatural elements, such as the goblins, the underground kingdom, and the magical thread, captivate the reader's imagination and bring the story to life. Additionally, the allegorical themes of good versus evil, the power of love, and the importance of standing up for what is right are woven throughout the story, making it a timeless classic.
"The Princess and the Goblin" is considered a classic of children's literature, known for its imaginative storytelling, allegorical themes, and imaginative descriptions of the supernatural. It continues to be a beloved tale for generations and is highly recommended for children and adults alike who are looking for a magical adventure filled with bravery, friendship, and the triumph of good over evil.---from the publisher