Flashback of a Flashback: Goblins underfoot . . .

Views From the Tesseract

Given the focus on princesses this week, I thought I’d pull out one of my favorite flashbacks.  This story is from the 1800s, but remains popular on the bookshelves for readers today!

You’re a young princess left mostly to her own devices in a rocky and isolated castle.  No one has ever told you of the goblins that lurk in the rocky crevices, or of the dastardly plan that their queen has concocted to bring goblins into power over men . . .

Do you remember

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith (HarperCollins, c1872)

Beyond the thousands of fairy and folk tales, and even though children’s fantasy stories go back a ways further than science fiction for children, there are fairly few classic fantasy tales over a hundred years old that still inhabit the shelves today.   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and

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