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"For a story truly to hold a child’s attention, it must entertain him and arouse his curiosity. But to enrich his life, it must stimulate his imagination; help him to develop his intellect and to clarify his emotions; be attuned to his anxieties and aspirations; give full recognition to his difficulties, while at the same time suggesting solutions to the problems which perturb him….In all these and many other respects….nothing can be as enriching and satisfying to child and adult alike as the folk fairy tale." --Bruno BettelheimThe good Dr. Bettelheim, an educator and psychotherapist of severely disturbed children, wrote the book ("The Uses of Enchantment," 1975) on the deeper meanings that reside in fairy tales. He noted how through their overt and covert meanings fairy tales could communicate both to the uneducated and the sophisticated, which make them the ideal source material for mass entertainment. Does this »

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