This book has opened my eyes on what fairy tales symbolize.
Scary wolf will eat Little Red Riding Hood! Not. It's not about eating at all. A young maiden will learn the danger of being seduced due to her Oedipal conflicts during puberty, more like it. And the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel is really a mother's body that offers sweet milk to their ids. And Jack and the Beanstalk is really about the dreams of masturbation and phallic self-assertion and the maturation of ego. But then, you already knew that. If you didn't, this will be a golden find for you that reveals how fairy tales helped children mature for centuries and how we've lost the art of using symbolism in helping children (and ourselves) cope with perturbations of life.