Serpent Slayer: And Other Stories of Strong Womenby Katrin Tchana, Trina Schart Hyman
This volume is an anthology of 18 stories about heroines with as much courage, wit and intelligence as their more familiar male counterparts. It includes Li Chi, the serpent slayer, and the old woman sly enough to outsmart the devil.
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I first found this book in the Brooklyn Public Library when my oldest daughter was 2 and starting to be interested in fairy tales. It's the perfect antidote to the stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, because these girls and women, and even hags, do the saving and conquering. The illustrations are breathtaking.