And here is where the trouble started. After we listened to one story, the kids wanted another and another. We listened to Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel. Everything would have been okay if we had stopped with these, but curiosity got the best of us, and we listened to The Red Shoes. Oh my! The poor girl asked someone to cut off her feet to be rid of the endlessly dancing shoes.
The moral of this story is always preview. Always. We have handled these dark stories by discussing how life was harder when the stories were written and trying to discover a lesson to learn. I'm glad that TOG puts cautions for parents into the weekly preview, but there is no substitute for parental vigilance.