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  • Keywords
    • Fairy Tales,
    • C. S. Lewis,
    • George MacDonald,
    • MacDonald and Inklings,
    • Fictional Letter books,
    • Coming-of-age books,
    • Grandparent wisdom books

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Letters to Annie
A Grandmother’s Dreams of Fairy Tale Princesses, Princes, & Happily Ever After
by Monika B. Hilder

What do we love about fairy tales? How do they, along with Narnian and other fantasy stories, speak to us at any age? In the fictional voice of a grandmother writing to her granddaughter over the first twenty-five years of her life, Letters to Annie: A Grandmother’s Dreams of Fairy Tale Princesses, Princes, & Happily Ever After inspires us to live into our deepest life questions. With a wealth of spiritual and literary insights, these thirty-three letters leave us richer and more able to navigate the challenges, sorrows, and joys of life with wisdom, courage, and love.

“As a grandparent of six grandchildren whose ages are ten and under, I have often thought about how, other than reading the great fairy tales and fantasy stories, I might develop and deepen their appreciation for these stories. We should be grateful to Monika Hilder for having written Letters to Annie. These fictitious but oh so true letters are filled with wisdom about the moral and spiritual lessons children and adults can learn from the stories we love.” —Vigen Guroian, author of Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination “It’s a love letter written for all of us [. . .] We learn what’s essential, what matters, what is lasting—and all in a breezy read.” —Carolyn Curtis, co-editor of Women and C. S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today’s Culture “An impressive imaginative work that I highly recommend.” —Rolland Hein, Emeritus Professor of English, Wheaton College “[. . .] readers will undoubtedly find just what they need to hear.” —Elizabeth Baird Hardy, author of Milton, Spenser, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Literary Sources for the C. S. Lewis Novels “[. . .] a well-told inspirational coming-of-age story [. . .].” Colin Duriez is an author of books on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, and others, focusing on themes of fantasy, biography, and history “I needed to read this book. Readers from 1 to 100 will be captivated!” —Crystal Hurd, C. S. Lewis scholar and book review editor for Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal “Letters to Annie is a kind of imaginative tonic.” —Laura N. Van Dyke, Inklings scholar, co-editor of The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship from the Inklings Institute of Canada “With equal parts grace, charm, and insight, Hilder draws her readers into—and incites us towards having too! —a truly meaningful life.” —Matthew and Joy Steem, Radix Magazine

Monika B. Hilder is Professor of English at Trinity Western University, Canada, where she teaches children’s and fantasy literature. She is co-founder and co-director of the Inklings Institute of Canada, and is the author of a three-volume study of C. S. Lewis and gender.


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