The Golden Key

George MacDonald's The Golden Key is a classic fairy tale in the truest form. A young boy hears a tale from his great-aunt about a golden key at the foot of the rainbow, and charges into Fairyland to find it where the indescribably beautiful colors end. Find it at the end of this Gutenberg collection of fairy tales or in this Kindle version, it's long enough for three or four story times. [Thanks Phill!]


  1. The story’s dreamlike, and I’ve never met anybody else who read it growing up.  I’d half-convinced myself that I had simply imagined it.  Glad to see that it really does exist.  The “you have tasted of death” scene still sticks in my head years and years later.

  2. If you like his style, I heartily recommend Phantastes and Lilith, two of my favorite books of all time.  Phantastes was C. S. Lewis’ inspiration to write the Chronicles of Narnia.

  3. I loved George McDonald growing up, and never met anyone else who read him until I met my future husband (I was 17 at the time). A good GMcD quote still makes us smile romantically at each other – 20 years later.

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