"I do not like to read lies to my child," is the verdict of many a mother. "I give him only histories, biographies, and useful books."
She does not know, this really earnest mother, that she is shutting the door of her child's imagination, and that she may be hampering his power to do great things in after life, by thus closing to him the storehouse of imaginative literature. For later he will not be able to draw full sustenance from classic writings unless he has been fed in youth on the best of folk-literature.
The action of the picture-making power of the mind--the imagination--is a part of almost every mental process.
--Frances Jenkins Olcott
Or, as Albert Einstein puts it:
"If you want your child to be intelligent, read him fairy tales. If you want him to be more intelligent, read him more fairy tales."