A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
In "Atalanta," six knights are killed and the prince kills two more. In "Nana Miriam," 120 dogs are killed. In "Fitcher's Bird," young girls are killed and cut up and left in a bathtub. In "The Girl and the Puma," cannibalism is mentioned. In "Fitcher's
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some of these gripping adventures are a little gruesome.
Is It Any Good?
The tales in this collection turn stereotypes on their heads with heroes that are brave, smart, and female. They are wonderful to read aloud to older children. Their origins are diverse, including ancient Greece, Niger, Japan, Argentina, and the United States. It's an important collection not only because of the way it showcases strong girls in action but also because it introduces the history and culture of many places.
The violence, which may be a detraction for some, is appropriate within the folktale genre, and dramatizes the strength and bravery of the heroines. The black-and-white illustrations are few but detailed. Each story has at least one, which will draw in younger, squirmy listeners.
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