But some parents are ditching fairytales, believing they are politically incorrect or ‘too dark’ to read to children, a survey has found.
One in four mothers has abandoned the likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel in favour of The Gruffalo or The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written in 1969 by Eric Carle.
One in ten parents even said Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs should be re-titled – because ‘the dwarf reference is not PC’.
Rapunzel is considered ‘too dark’ and Cinderella outdated, because she is forced to do the housework.
The poll of 3,000 British parents, carried out by TheBabyWebsite.com, revealed 66 per cent believe traditional fairytales have stronger morality messages than modern equivalents.
Morality requires having good and bad options in life. Political correctness wants to make every option good, so even a crack-addicted homeless garbageman who votes Republican feels OK… well maybe not that last part.