“There are perhaps no days of our childhood
 We have lived so fully as those we spent with our
 favourite books.”

I enjoy reading fairy tales and fiction and here I am sharing book reviews on the book which I read recently. “East of sun and west of the moon” is a Norwegian fairy tale published by Peter Christen Asbjornsen. So the story starts when there was a very poor family who needed resources to survive. One day a Polar Bear came at their door, and said, I will make you rich if you give me your youngest daughter. Her name was Bella and she agreed to go with the bear because she could not see her family members suffering because of poverty. The polar bear took her to an enchanted castle.

At night the polar bear turns into a man but Bella could not see him because of the darkness. After that day she asked the polar bear if she could meet her mother once. The bear agreed and told everything to the mother. Her mother gave her a piece of advice. That night Bella went near the Polar Bear and lighted a candle and saw his face. And to her surprise, this was a highly attractive Prince who was cursed to be an ugly looking bear. The bear told Bella that he has been cursed and it will go away if he finds the prettiest girl and marries him to which Bella agreed.

The next day when Bella woke up there was no castle. She remembered that the prince has said that she has to go to the castle which is “East of Sun and West of the Moon”. She reached the castle which great struggle and difficulties. At last, she saved the Prince, freed him from his curse, and Lived happily together with her Family.

The best part about the book was the suspense in every scene and the moral lesson that it teaches us. Bella made a huge sacrifice for her family for which she was rewarded with a Real Prince and all her family miseries went away. In our real lives too, if we do something with the intension of helping others, good things will happen to us also.

As the Polar Bear kept his promise of making Bella’s family rich, we also should keep our promises to win the trust of others. As they say: “Do Good, Have Good”.

Fairy tales in childhood teach great lessons in lives, leading the way through trouble and trial. The value of fairy tales lies not in a literary escape from reality, but in the gift of hope that goodness truly is more powerful than evil and that even the darkest reality can end on a positive note. The gift of hope has the power to conquer despair amid sorrow, to light the darkness in the valleys of life.  Hope is what makes life optimistic, making the fairy tale a reality.

Written By:

Mitanshi Dharwal

Grade- VIII

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