The Princess and the Goblin

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Young Princess Irene must conquer her fear and timidity to help the young Curdie defeat goblins threatening the castle.

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A wonderful fairy tale full of Christian symbolism. The first few chapters are full of wordy descriptions and may put the undetermined reader off. Resist the temptation to toss the book aside and continue reading anyway.  Be encouraged by Curdie’s travels underground and watch Curdie’s adventures with the goblins unfold. Be amazed at Princess Irene’s heroic rescue of the young miner boy and then worry whether the goblins will have their revenge.

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  • Author: George MacDonald
  • Publisher: Project Gutenberg
  • Reading Age: Ages 8 +
  • AR level: 6.1

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What You Need to Know

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  • Role Models/Authority Figures – Curdie’s parents are loving. Nurse Lootie is loving and doting. The King is kind and treats his people well.
  • Violence – The goblins capture Curdie and threaten to eat him. Curdie stabs a goblin. The goblins invade the castle.
  • Sexual Content – None.
  • Language – None.
  • Consumerism – None.
  • Drinking/Smoking/Drugs – None.
  • Religion – Christian themes and symbolism throughout the book
  • Other – Available as a free download at
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