Hidden Values Of Fairy Tales

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Not all fairy tales are created equal, and not all of them are chockablock with pretty princesses, brave knights, evil witches and mean goblins. Read them with an open mind, and you'll see that fairy tales are fascinating tools to teach values and critical thinking to your children.

Have you ever wondered why fairy tales are always in vogue, even with their gory violence, shallow characters and unbelievable storylines? When you look closely at them, you can find some sort of wisdom hidden underneath all that magic and drama. Don't fret when your child goes gaga over a fancy princess or takes after a naughty troll, just help your child decipher the hidden values from such tales. These tales do not have any grey areas - the demarcation between right and wrong is crystal clear, and the good always wins over evil. So, it is
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Elizabeth, a brave princess dupes a fire-breathing dragon to rescue her loving beau. When her ungrateful prince is bothered by her dishevelled hair and paper bag dress, she knows that there will be no happily ever after in her story. Your little one will admire the story of this novel princess who is anything but a damsel in distress.

4. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
Age - 4 to 8 Years

Tomie dePaola retells the story of the Magic Porridge Pot in his Caldecott winning book, Strega Nona. Strega Nona or Grandma Witch has a magic pasta pot that cooks a generous amount of pasta when she sings a special song. Her assistant, big Anthony learns of this secret and uses the pasta pot when Strega Nona is away. But big Anthony doesn't know how to stop the pot from cooking. Soon, the entire village is buried underneath the mounds of pasta. All ends well when Strega Nona stops the pot with three kisses, and big Anthony receives a punishment that is fitting for his crime.

5. The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Random House UK
Age - 6 to 9
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