Feb 25, 2013
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
This is the book I'm reading right now (along with the Roald Dahl's biography, 'Storyteller', which I'm listening as an audiobook, since that's the best way to 'read' a book* while you're playing with your kids, cooking or excersising at the gym...). I usually prefer fiction books, but this surely got my attention after it popped up from multiple connections. In the book Bettelheim analyzes fairy tales in terms of Freudian psychology. Very interesting!
You know, this is fascinating to me since I made my Fairy Tale -book from baby pics before I bumped into this book, and now it all makes perfect sense! I was sure that it is good to read classic fairy tales to your child, and this proves it. (...and maybe that one great quote from my book's dedication page does that too!)
In this interview by Today.com Laura T. Coffey, I said something similar: "Enersen told TODAY.com that she thinks modern-day parents should feel comfortable reading classic fairy tales to their children, even if the stories seem scary. “I don’t see why we should censor all the stories,” she said. “In fairy tales, it’s much easier to comprehend good and bad and deal with it.”
My baby book hasn't got those darkest things in the pictures what you may find from the original stories, but, it opens the door to fairy tale-land for young readers, so I recommend you to give it a try:
* Ok, I might be a bit crazy person, but here's my way to listen audiobooks. I put the Kindle on my head with my hair, secure that with hairpins, and there it is. Close to my ears, since I can't use headphones when I'm supervising my little ones, but I also hear if Mila drops a tiny plastic pearl on to floor and Vincent's starts to sprint towards to it, drooling.