I will start the review out admitting my bias. I love fairy tales and I love George MacDonald. The Wise Woman is a parable but still has the feel of a fairy tale. I think it is well worth the short amount of time it takes to read.
The plot follows two young girls, a princess and a peasant, through their experience with The Wise Woman. The Wise Woman is a benevolent god-like figure and recognizes overwhelming pride in both girls. Both sets of parents have spoiled them and lead them to a point of a somewhat divine intervention. Both girls have different circumstances forming different forms of pride so each experiences a different form of creative discipline.
The story is a look at pride, what causes it and how to overcome it. It is written to a younger level of reader which, in my opinion, is MacDonald at his best. The lessons are clear and just as true today as when they were first written with his own hand. This will be one of those books on my shelf that is pulled out to quote, reread and share.
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