From Little Red Riding Hood to Heidi, grandparents have always been an important part of fantasy.
Sometimes acting as surrogate parents, they’re authority figures who are still kind and understanding to a young protagonist, or they're partners in crime who nevertheless dispense some much-needed wisdom (and homemade goodies). When your parents are too strict and won’t let you go to the Enchanted Forest at night, who is there to help leave the back door unlocked?
When your evil teacher is threatening the family of fairies who live in the walls, who builds a fairy-sized bungalow in their attic and welcomes the new family to the neighbourhood?
Grandparents, that’s who.
And so, in honor of the relatives who will always have your back, here are five of my personal favorites from children’s fantasy literature.
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