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The Princess and the Goblin (Xist Classics) Kindle Edition
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|Kindle, June 12, 2015||
|Length: 134 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 10 - 11|
|Grade Level: 5 - 6|
- Book 12 of 38 in The Cullen Collection
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- Publication date : June 12, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 134 pages
- File size : 591 KB
- Publisher : Xist Classics; Reissue edition (June 12, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00ZK4OFB6
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,582 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This is one of those stories that brought me to a magical place, looking through the eyes of a child where goblins and their creatures exist underground and they are none too fond of people. The Princess befriends a boy, Curdie, who works in the mines. He uncovers a plot against the Princess and, in his attempts to learn more, gets trapped. The princess' "grandmother" helps her rescue Curdie. She then tries to introduce them, but Curdie can't see her grandmother and gets sore for being made fun of.
This story is so fun with vivid characters, goblins with sensitive feet, danger lurking around the corners, and Biblical truths scattered throughout. I highly recommend this story and can't wait to read more by George MacDonald.
“Seeing is not believing – it is only seeing.”
Having been originally published in 1872, I admit that I began with some trepidation. Even as an avid fan of fairy tales, I am no stranger to the challenges of reading older work. It can be easy to find yourself lost among the dated language and styles of writing. But that simply was not the case here. I welcomed the surprise of discovering that even now, this endearing story still seems to read with a certain ease and fluidity that I appreciated.
The Princess and the Goblin was not the complex, exciting sort of read we have come to expect from today’s fantasy but there was much to be admired within its simple magic and charming characters. This felt like a visit down memory lane of what I imagine must be the earlier roots or at least notable influences of the fantasy genre we have come to love presently.
“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.”
And of course, no fairy tale is complete with a moral lesson tucked within the pages. Here we learn the importance of having faith and “The Golden Rule”. Presented through a cast that includes a lively and adventurous princess, a kind miner boy and a mysterious grandmother, all elements come together successfully in a small tale that leaves a lasting impression.
I recommend picking this up if you are a fan of fairy tales, as I feel it truly encompasses the essence of the genre. I regret not having stumbled upon this sooner so that I might have read it aloud with my own children. It is a quaint read that will be a lovely addition to any family library.
Top reviews from other countries
The non-specificity of the location is masterful. European and mountainous, not English, maybe Scottish or... and that sets the scene for the other necessary breaches of the laws of physics and geography. It is a truly magical read, scary at times but always knowing that there is a fairy grandmother in the background and an honest hero in Curdie who will save the day.
The langage is very accessible and if it is slightly dated that only adds to the charm of the piece. The tone is kindly, humourous and direct. His words draw pictures so bright I wish I could draw. I felt like I was sitting on George Macdonald's knee spellbound as he read in his soft Highland accent so long ago.... I am off to soak up some more of his marvels.