My, my, what a pretty Catholic Bubble you have!
I read this story two weeks to one of my best friends who had never heard it. I LOVE it. I especially love the version illustrated by Michael Hague. It's such a beautiful story and so meaningful as we age and lose parts bit by bit. Hopefully the wisdom we acquire gives us an inner beauty that others can see, because it certainly doesn't show up in the local mirror:-)Hopefully we will all dance around happily some day in the Land of the Real.
I really like the story all the way to almost the end. Since the final end and realness of a stuffed animal is not becoming a living breath animal but living through the imagination of the child, the ending is a confusion of the final and proper end.The being said, the concept of becoming real is a lovely and very real.
thanks for share.
I won't tell my granddaughter about it. It's a beautiful story but I remember being so sad after reading it.