Fairy Tales and Land of Make Believe

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



This was a busy month for us with a weeklong visit by our two little grandchildren, ages 5 and 7. It was the first time they stayed with grandma and grandpa without their parents along. I wondered how they would do and if they’d become homesick after a day or so. They live five hours away, so taking them back home would be a long round trip drive. Besides, we were looking forward to their visit and I had a list of daily activities lined up for them to enjoy. By the way, this will be a topic of future columns about the wonderful activities here around Westchester for families to enjoy.

At the end of each busy day of exploring, then swimming at a friend’s pool, we’d have bedtime stories. I’d let them select the books they wanted me to read. Since I am a “saver” I still have two shelves lined with books from our three children’s childhood days and used these for our story time. Returning back to these days of fairy tales and make believe, I realized that words and places we know in literature are now magical and new to early learners being introduced to them. Take a journey back in time and see what you remember about the pretend places of famous books.



  1. In Greek myth, what is the name of the island beneath the Atlantic Ocean?
  2. Frank L. Baum’s book was about a young girl’s journey to what land?
  3. What is the name of the place where King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot lived?
  4. James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon was about a fictional place in Tibet called what?

(It was also a 1937 movie directed by Frank Capra starring Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt)

  1. The name of this place, a word derived by Sir Thomas Moore, is now used to describe a perfect destination, unequaled.



  1. Atlantis – The Greek name means “daughter of Atlas.” Its location is depicted as west of Gibraltar.
  2. Oz – Dorothy and her quest to return home to Kansas!
  3. Camelot – A story based upon a 12th-century romance by French writer Chretien de Troyes and is a stage musical and film favorite to this day.
  4. Shangri-La – The word “La” means mountain pass in Tibetan, and Shangri-La was inspired by National Geographic articles describing the isolated Tibetan mountain villages.
  5. Utopia






June 28, 2017 |

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