Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World

Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World

by Kathleen Ragan (Editor)


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One hundred great folk tales and fairy tales from all over the world about strong, smart, brave heroines.

Dismayed by the predominance of male protagonists in her daughters' books, Kathleen Ragan set out to collect the stories of our forgotten heroines. Gathered from around the world, from regions as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, from North and South American Indian cultures and New World settlers, from Asia and the Middle East, these 100 folktales celebrate strong female heroines.

Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters is for all women who are searching to define who they are, to redefine the world and shape their collective sensibility. It is for men who want to know more about what it means to be a woman. It is for our daughters and our sons, so that they can learn to value all kinds of courage, courage in battle and the courage of love. It is for all of us to help build a more just vision of woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393320466
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 160,051
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Ragan is the author of Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters and Outfoxing Fear. She has lived in or traveled to fifty countries and currently lives in Australia.

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Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Melissa_W More than 1 year ago
This collection of women-oriented folk tales and fairy tales encopasses cultures from every corner of the globe. It's very interesting to see the different styles of story-telling, different levels of the fantastical, and the intelligence given to all the female protagonists. I would not recommend trying to read this straight through. The tales become repetitive and boring (particularly when reading tales from similar cultures) so two or three at a time is probably best.
AngelEnergy444 More than 1 year ago
I was on vacation in Hawaii (Big Island) and a friend of mine had this book in her library. I picked it up and read a few of the stories, which were fantastic. I decided then and there to get the book when I returned home. It is a great book filled with stories of heroic deeds by women from all different cultures. I pick up the book and just randomly select a story to read on any given day. I am very glad I bought this book!
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable book, if you like folktales. Ragan (why do all the webpages list Jane Yolen as the editor, when she only wrote the introduction?) collected folktales from around the world that specifically feature a heroine. By this, she means a female is the protagonist of the story, not just a character, and that the girl takes action. In addition, the majority of the pieces she included are told from a woman's perspective. Ragan makes the point that when a man tells the story, even if it has a female protagonist, the woman's efforts are often belittled or overlooked. She does include a couple stories told by the man's perspective to illustrate this point. After every 2-3 page tale, Ragan writes a small summation, analyzing the story, generally from a feminist's perspective. There are some great stories in here, variants of famous fairy tales like "Red Riding Hood" and "Rumpelstiltskin", great brag stories that this time feature impressive women, trickster tales, and a variety of others. My favorites generally came from the Asian stories and the Middle Eastern tales, although I liked the European tales, not surprisingly, since I'm most familiar with those. Of course, those were just my favorites; I thought all the folktales were fun to read.This book is easy to pick up for small moments of reading, since it is composed of a multitude of small stories. Perfect for a new mom who has a four month baby claiming her attention. On the other hand, it also meant that it took a long time to read. Well worth the wait.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. The only thing is that I'm not too 'into' magic and SOME of the stories were about that. Other than that it was well put togerther and I recommend it to those who like fables