The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (one of C.S. Lewis's most-admired authors) is an imaginative adventure for reading aloud or free reading.
Paperbound, 190 pages, AO3.
Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives a lonely life in a castle in a wild, desolate, mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid for company. One rainy day, Princess Irene explores the castle and discovers a beautiful, mysterious lady, who identifies herself as Irene's namesake and great-great-grandmother. Adventures follow!
Originally published published in 1872. This delightful Australian edition is complete and unabridged in a large easy to read font, with all the original illustrations.
George MacDonald (1824 – 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. In addition to his fairy tales, MacDonald wrote several works on Christian apologetics. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, J. M. Barrie, Neil Gaiman, and Madeleine L'Engle.
C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master:" "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later", said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence." [Mini-bio adapted from Wikipedia.]