The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Father Who Stands Up for His Child

“The emperor is wearing no clothes!” the child cries.

The child is right. “Listen to the innocent child!” I shout.

The crowd around us falls silent long enough to hear the innocent say it again. “He hasn’t got anything on!”

Soon we’re all standing with the child and shouting, “It doesn’t matter what he thinks he is wearing. He hasn’t got anything on!”

The Father Who Stands Up for His Child in The Emperor’s New Clothes, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration by Margaret Tarrant.