Fearless girls, wise women and beloved sisters: heroines in folktales from around the world. Edited by Kathleen Ragan

March 10, 2009 at 11:17 am | Posted in Books, Fiction, Reviews | Leave a comment

This impressive collection brings together folktales in which the main character is:

  1. Female
  2. Wins
  3. Doesn’t die

Criteria suggested by her young daughters.

The editor has made efforts to retain the storytellers’ diverse voices and styles, allowing the reader insights into the diverse idioms and narrative structures of all sorts of cultures from the Pacific, Northern Africa and the Middle East, various areas of Asia and Europe.

I loved dipping in to this book for a quick or leisurely dose of empowerment and positivity, often laced with wit, poetry and adventure.

There’s a real diversity of heroines here – and they’re not all morally (or indeed visually) perfect, which is refreshing.

Reviewed by Mellisa

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