Fairy tales in childhood
are stepping stones
leading the way
through trouble and trial.
The value of fairy tales
lies not in a brief literary escape
but in the gift of hope
that goodness truly is more powerful
and that even the darkest reality
can lead to a Happily Ever After.
Do not take that gift of hope lightly.
It has the power to conquer despair
in the midst of sorrow,
to light the darkness in the valleys of life,
to whisper “One more time” in the face of failure.
Hope is what gives life to dreams,
making the fairy tale the reality. —L.R. Knost
Me reading to my granddaughter Addison
on Christmas day.
She is now seven.
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories
to my last gasp. —JK Rowling