Folktales for Fearless Girls by Myriam Sayalero (illustrated by Dani Torrent)
Format: Finished copy provided by Penguin teen Canada
Top 3 Genres: Children, Fairy tales, Feminism
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys! Hope you are doing well despite these difficult times! But what a better moment to remind you how we can be strong no matter what we are facing with a few tales about Fearless Girls 😉
Curses to be broken. Riddles to be solved. Kings’ favor to be won. These are the standard stories we’ve heard in folktales and fables for as long as we can remember–challenges faced and overcome by princes and knights in shining armor. In Folktales for Fearless Girls, though, we see a different set of heroes charge across the page. In fact, we see heroines.
Wily women and clever girls, valiant queens and brave villagers–these are the people to save the day in this collection of folktales from around the world and across the ages. Long before J.K. Rowling brought us Hermione Granger, well before Katniss Everdeen entered the arena, these fierce protagonists were the role models for strong girls through the ages. Here we read the story of Jimena, who dresses like a man to go fight in a war; of Min, whose cleverness leads her family to riches; and of Nabiha, who outsmarts thieves and wins the respect of the king. With stories from China, Russia, Persia, India, Armenia, the UK, Spain, France, Southern Africa, Egypt, and Germany, this is a collection of tales that showcases the original literary feminists.
With beautiful full-color art throughout to accompany these empowering tales, this an essential book for all girls!
In Folktales for Fearless Girls, we travel the world and its legends to gather all sorts of stories about girls and women who were smart, brave and daring, and who took their destiny into their own hands. I loved seeing the way these tales portrayed women as using their brain to defeat curses or outsmart bandits, how they were full of courage in the face of the devil or any monster. It was easy to read and really make for the perfect bedtime – or afternoon nap- story (if you are looking for something else to read your kids, especially now!).
One of my favorites was probably the last one »The Talking bird, the Singing tree, and the Golden water », as it comes from One thousand and one night which is also one of my favorite books of all time! Once we take away the »I kill all my wife after a night » part haha.
My only »regret » if I can say, is that these tales were in the end very classical. They are old tales that were gathered, not new ones, or re-writing of old ones. I knew that fact when I was starting the book and, as a fairy tale lover, I was ok with that. But still, a part of me missed the magic I found, for example, in The Language of Thorns. I understand though that it was not the purpose of this book, that the point was, in fact, to show that for a long long time, girls have been the heroes of their own stories!
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There is no age or sex to (re)discover these folktales where girls and women save the day! Perfect for a little reading time, one tale a day 😉
See you for a cup,