The currently featured book is: A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales. Like Golden Age children's anthologies, this book for eight to 12 year olds contains both stories and poems on a fairytale theme. Unlike the Golden Age anthologies, illustrations are not its focus. It is, I think, the perfect book for self-reflection on what sort of person one is and wishes to be -- before the cataclysm of adolescences arrives. And the underlying lesson of compassion is a welcome revisit at any age.
Why? This book makes me think of James Hillman's books for adults, The Soul's Code and The Force of Character. This books honors the supporting actors in Life's Story. Or does it shift the reader's orientation away from the only important person ("Me! The Star of the Show") to consider the more complex and feeling side of characters who have only been defined two-dimensionally (in life and literature)? What happens to the Wolf? Suppose Cinderella wasn't a perfect size 3? And how about those cast-off dwarves?
An excerpt from an included poem by Neil Gaiman, Instructions:
Remember your name.
Do not lose hope - what you seek will be found.
Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped
to help you in their turn.
Trust your heart, and trust your story.
Reviewing this gives me an opportunity to post some of Niroot's illustrations.