|Frizzled like a Fritter!|
Sometimes parents ask about violence and scariness in children's books - are these acceptable to read to impressionable and sensitive children? Experts overwhelmingly say "yes". They work through personal anxieties, in a safe way. The protagonist always survives. Good triumphs over evil. Child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim believed that stories like these are important to children's development because the main characters - often children themselves - demonstrate pluck and courage, and triumph over adversity in a world of giants, cruel adults, and - yes - even witches.