Award-winning children's author Mitali Perkins grew up steeped in storiesescaping into her books on the fire escape of a Flushing apartment building and, later, finding solace in them as she navigated between the cultures of her suburban California school and her Bengali heritage at home. Now Perkins invites us to explore the promise of seven timeless children's novels for adults living in uncertain times: stories that provide mirrors to our innermost selves and open windows to other worlds.
Blending personal narrative, accessible literary criticism, and spiritual and moral formation, Perkins delves into novels by Louisa May Alcott, C. S. Lewis, L. M. Montgomery, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and other literary ""uncles"" and ""aunts"" that illuminate the virtuous, abundant life we still desire. These novels are not perfect, and Perkins honestly assesses their critical frailties and flaws related to race, culture, and power. Yet reading or rereading these books as adults can help us build virtue, unmask our vices, and restore our hope.
Reconnecting with these stories from childhood isn't merely nostalgia. In an era of uncertainty and despair, they lighten our load and bring us much-needed hope.
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Table of Contents
Introduction | The Transformative Practice of Reading Children's Classics 1
Chapter 1 Danger Ahead: The Elephant in the Room 15
Chapter 2 Seven Books, Seven Virtues: Finding Goodness in Person 31
Chapter 3 Rigidity and Love: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 45
Chapter 4 Alienation and Faith: Heidi by Johanna Spyri 67
Chapter 5 Despair and Hope: Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace 87
Chapter 6 Pusillanimity and Courage: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 107
Chapter 7 Self-Indulgence and Temperance: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 131
Chapter 8 Favoritism and Justice: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 149
Chapter 9 Rashness and Prudence: The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis 175
Chapter 10 See the Flaws, Seek the Virtues: Consuming and Creating Children's Stories 195
Conclusion | Drinking Tea with the Dead 215