Folk and fairy tales filled with allegorical symbolism were originally shared amongst adults in the oral tradition until Charles Perrault scribed them around 300-years-ago and the Brothers Grimm around 100-years-ago. In 1959, Italo Calvino collected 200 tales for his book “Italian Folktales.” The author, Hans Wilhelm, said fairy tales “are metaphors for the growth of our soul,” and they “reflect our personal journey through life.” J.R.R. Tolkien, father of modern fantasy literature, believed that the human mind has great capabilities to visualize and stories that go beyond the physical world help our minds to transcend the limits placed on us. The stories may be fantastical, but the lessons are invaluable to both children and adults.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that stories were written specifically for children. Perhaps the most famous children’s tale of all time is “The Adventures of Pinocchio” written by