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Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folk Tales for Mothers and Daughters to Share

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In this collection of forty folktales from the well-known "Snow White" (Germany) and "Cinderella" (France) to the lesser known "Mirabella" (Portugal) and tales from Sudan, Palestine, Africa, China, and Italy, Mirror, Mirror pays tribute to every kind of mother/daughter story. We meet strong mothers, obsessive mothers, doting mothers, and the quintessential wicked stepmothe ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published April 10th 2000)
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Mar 16, 2010 Bitsy rated it really liked it
The genre of fairy tales has been tamed over the years to the point where they are just considered innocent stories for children and nothing more. Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple bring back those fairy tales and look at the originals and variants from all over the world that show that these stories are many things, but they are not for small children. In Mirror, Mirror mother and daughter take a look at the fairy tales that shaped the past of motherhood and the relationships between mo ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a fascinating concept. This is, essentially, a collection of fairy tales from all over the world that deal with mother/daughter issues in some way. The stories are divided up into chapters by theme (for example, "Cinderella," "Good girls/Bad girls," "Really Good Mothers," "Sex and....") The first part of each chapter contains the stories themselves. Then the second part of the chapter is a dialogue about those stories between mother (Jane Yolen) and daughter (Heidi Stemple), both of w ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To other mothers/daughters
Recommended to Debbie by: Kayla Farber
Mirror,Mirror is a really lovely book. It's 40 fairy tales and folktales, some familiar and some not so much. What really made this book special were the commentaries between Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E.Y. Stemple. They brought a richness to the stories by adding their knowledge of being a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother. My daughter gave this book to me for my birthday so that we might share it and perhaps have our own conversations on topics that were touched upon in the book, su ...more
Marci Hopkins
Jul 15, 2011 Marci Hopkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The collection of tales of relationships between mother and daughter is timely, since I'm dealing with exploring my relationship to my own new daughter. The interactions between the mother and daughter authors was charming in places, intrusive in others, insightful in places, and boring in others. I think my annotated fairy tales provided more insight, but the range of tales is wonderful. There are various duplicates of the same tales from different cultures as well as different tales I'd never ...more
Bonnie Tesch
Sep 28, 2012 Bonnie Tesch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two pages into the introduction, I thought, "I need to set this down and go buy a copy for each of the women in my family." Halfway through the book, I thought, "I'm not sure I actually want to finish this." By the end I was closer to the first opinion--my mother should indeed read this. And it was good for me to read it too.
Oct 16, 2011 Violet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A lot of these I never heard before. At the end of each section the authors have a discussion about the stories that were told. When I was a kid I never really thought about how some of these stories projected the ideas that the authors discussed. I guess it gives me a new look in what fairy tales are saying.
Feb 07, 2012 Chere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collection, folklore
An excellent collection of folktales about mothers and daughters! What makes the book even more wonderful for me are the conversations between Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E.Y. Stemple. They discuss the messages of the tales and apply them in real life. It is especially interesting to observe the relationship between the two editors and the difference between generations.
This is a book that should be read in small doses. It is excellent, but I needed time to think through the folk tales and then Jane and Heidi's conversations. Might be a great way to talk to your daughter - or mother
Nicole Kapise-Perkins
This was an interesting collection. Most of the stories I was familiar with, but Yolen and Stemple added some incredible tales from around the world as well.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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“JANE: What to do when it is that time in your girl child's life:

1. Sit down calmly and explain sex to her?

2. Buy her a book, video, or CD that gives her the details?

3. Buy her condoms and put her on the pill?

Or do as many mothers before you did—just stick your head in the sand and hope she joins a convent.

Of course these days your child may know more about sex than you did at her age, what with in-school health lessons, and out-of-school R-rated movies easily accessed on the TV, not to mention the Starr Report!

In the days of fairy tales, sex was dangerous because so many women died in childbirth. Today sex is again dangerous because of diseases like AIDS. So what do we say?”
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