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Book: The Shrunken Goblin by Nelson R. Elliott

Book: The Shrunken Goblin by Nelson R. Elliott

categories: Book, Picture Book, Magic, Childrens Book, Goblin, Fairy Tale




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Author Nelson R. Elliottabout this book: In this beautifully-illustrated fairy tale, three siblings trust their fate to a tiny goblin. After the children save it from the snow, it repays their kindness with favor after favor.

But goblins are tricky creatures. Behind each favor is a hidden motivation. With each one, the goblin grows larger and more powerful until it is able to menace and bully its hosts.

With this story, children will learn that not every good deed is done in good faith. They will learn to consider ulterior motives and balances of power when offered things that seem too good to be true.

As happens in the real world, sometimes a promise to grant a wish or give a gift is only designed to generate good will that can be exploited.

These can be difficult topics, but are critically important in business, government, and even interpersonal relationships. This story presents the topics in an approachable, understandable format. There are some slightly scary illustrations and situations, so this story is recommended for slightly older kids.


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