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Amazons!: Women Warriors of the World
     

Amazons!: Women Warriors of the World

by Sally Pomme Clayton, Sophie Herxheimer (Illustrator)
 

Are you an AMAZON? Have you got what it takes? Dare to dream! Listen to your heart! Get physical! The world needs more heroines, and Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons, Durga the Demon-Slayer and Al-Datma of Egypt are just a few of the legendary women who leapt over limits and fought to win. Sally Pomme Clayton's powerful retellings of strong woman stories from all

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Are you an AMAZON? Have you got what it takes? Dare to dream! Listen to your heart! Get physical! The world needs more heroines, and Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons, Durga the Demon-Slayer and Al-Datma of Egypt are just a few of the legendary women who leapt over limits and fought to win. Sally Pomme Clayton's powerful retellings of strong woman stories from all over the world will inspire and stir your soul, and her action pages will help you to be a 21st-century Amazon.

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From the Publisher
Celebrating heroines from all around the world, this collection of stories from the author/ illustrator duo responsible for Tales Told in Tents, also contains 'how to' pages to inspire all 21st-centry Amazons. Illustrator Sophie Herxheimer uses her wonderfully warm and rich palette brilliantly to reflect the different cultures from which these legendary women arose. This book adds both important and under-represented subject matter to the burgeoning genre of stories from around the world.
Children's Literature - K. Meghan Robertson
Although Amazons were often believed to be fictitious, this book looks into the concept of Amazons. The first chapter focuses on the well-known race of women warriors in Greece, particularly in the story of Hercules' labor to retrieve the belt of the Amazon Queen Hippolyta. From Greece, the reader then travels to read of other worthy women warriors like the Dragon Girl from China, a Native American girl trying to win eagle feathers, the Durga demon slayer in India, the Siberian maiden knight and the Northern Lights, the tale of the brave servant that saved British travelers from the "hand of glory," and lastly about an Egyptian warrior princess. An interesting feature of this book is the activity page at the conclusion of each story. Activities vary from facts to guide thinking, mazes, surveys, and crafts. Illustrations are very colorful and are representative of the culture depicted in each myth. The stories seem to beg an answer to the question: do you have what it takes to be an Amazon, too? Reviewer: K. Meghan Robertson
School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—This handsome collection of folktales showcases seven empowering females, each with her own unique strengths and abilities. Clayton describes Hippolyta's fatal encounter with Hercules in "Queen of the Amazons," powering the plot with dramatic touches and putting a clever twist on the traditional tale's climax. In a Siberian tale, a maiden straps on her dead brother's dagger and bravely rides off to find the Northern Lights ("twelve shining girls, each lit with a different coloured light") to convince them to restore his life. Other selections feature a Chinese girl who conquers a hungry seven-headed dragon, a Sioux heroine determined to count coup, a demon-slaying goddess from India, an English serving girl who outwits an evil bandit, and a Middle Eastern warrior princess who refuses to marry until she finds an equal. Filled with lively language and fast-paced action, the tales introduce a pleasing range of characters and moods. An author's note and sources are appended. The illustrations employ swirling lines and vibrant color washes to reflect the setting and tone of each tale. The stories are separated by two-page interludes that provide brief facts or activities. Shared aloud or read independently, this upbeat book can stir up interest in courageous women and inspire modern-day heroines.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
An unfortunate mishmash of trivialized folktale, cutesy self-help and earnest advice. The author and illustrator take "Amazons" as a descriptor for heroic warrior-women from several cultures, and their methodology for encouraging girls to be Amazons includes such deep thoughts as "dare to dream" and "listen to your heart." The tales, which include "Queen of the Amazons," "Dragon Girl" (from China) "Durga Demon-Slayer" and "Hand of Glory" (from England), are written in a breezy style ("Captain Hercules"?) very much at odds with the blood, thunder and mystery of the stories. A page on making "Amazon accessories" includes such tidbits as, "customize a belt using a glue-gun, glitter and sequins." An "Amazon spell" based, it says, on a sixth-century hymn to Durga, is on a page of (unidentified) yoga poses. Herxheimer's illustrations are indeed dramatic and colorful, reveling in the gore of cutting off seven dragon heads as well as the jewels of the Egyptian warrior-princess Al-Datma. The tales are potent, but the package is not. (notes on stories, bibliography, glossary) (Folktales. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076603
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Pomme Clayton is an acclaimed storyteller. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton, spearheading the revival of storytelling in the UK. She tours throughout Britain, often performing at the British Museum, the Barbican, and the National Gallery. She was Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Westminster and City and Guilds of London Art School. She currently teaches at Rose Bruford College. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was Tales Told in Tents, followed by Amazons!, Persephone and Rama and Sita: Path of Flames. Visit Sally's website at www.sallypommeclayton.com SOPHIE HERXHEIMER is a painter and printmaker who loves stories. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the South Bank and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester amongst other galleries. Her books include Wonder Tales, edited by Marina Warner. This is her second book with Sally Pomme Clayton for Frances Lincoln following Tales Told in Tents. Sophie lives in South London.

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