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Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women

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For many young women, the only fairy-tales they know are the ones that have been retold by Walt Disney Studios.

Once upon a time, these stories of magical transformation were meant for young women as they grew away from childhood and towards adulthood. They were told by their mothers and grandmothers and the wise women of the clan as they spun and wove and stirred their pot
Paperback, 104 pages
Published December 14th 2017 by Serenity Press Pty.Ltd
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Sonia Bellhouse
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book with an uplifting message - girls can do almost anything. Having read and loved all the Andrew Lang Coloured Fairy Books I suppose I was a natural fit for this book. It didn't disappoint.
The tales are all little-known folk tales which are retold sympathetically by Kate Forsyth.Adding to the charm of the book are the delightful and almost magical illustrations by Lorena Carrington.
You will probably want to keep a copy for yourself, but this book would make a wonderful gift for
Theresa Smith Writes
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s no great secret that I am a big fan of Kate Forsyth, her fairy-tale inspired novels for adults being among my favourite and most treasured reads. Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women is a retelling of seven fairy-tales that are either little known or have been to a certain extent lost to the modern world. They feature strong and brave young women who save princes instead of the other way around, demonstrate admirable traits, and show that self-belief is a superpower to be ...more
Nadia King
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best-selling author, Kate Forsyth retells seven forgotten ancient stories with strong and wise female heroes in her book, Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women. The female heroes in the book are role models for girls growing up today.

These ancient tales of wonder and adventure are about learning to be strong, brave, kind and true-hearted, and trusting in yourself to change the world for the better. –Kate Forsyth

Forsyth’s stories are accompanied by powerful and sometimes dark ill
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet female-focused fairy tales with beautiful pictures. In these stories, the princess always saves the prince. It was nice to see a book so focused on telling stories that girls can relate to.
Brydie Wright
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it when a book catches your eye and you think, "I'm going to love that book", then you read it and you really do love that book. It doesn't always happen as some books don't always live up to the hype or the cover but this one does. You can't go too gar wrong with Kate Forsyth but her partnership with photographic illustrator Lorena Carrington and Serenity Press takes this book to another level. I love it so much that I reviewed this book for Enthralled magazine issue 2 (March 2018). You ...more
Susan Dunn
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading fairy tales as an adult is like giving a child sweets! I felt utterly spoilt as I indulged in Kate Forsyth's retellings of the stories in 'Vasilisa the Wise... '. Equally compelling as the narrative are Lorena Carrington's superb illustrations. Some of the best bedtime stories I've read in a long time, this is a beautiful, quality edition. The hardcover book and reproduction of the images that I simply had to touch has become a favourite. I especially like the modern take on what can be ...more
Corrinne Hills
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love. Proper fairytales told with language that speaks of history handed down over centuries and generations. Full of love and yearning, bravery, faith, trust and hope. Not glitterised and commercialised Disneyesque travesties. These will be the fairytales I tell my granddaughter.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are some of the best fairy tales I have ever read! I have never heard any of them until I read this book and they were amazing! This book is a keeper you will want to read it again and again. The pictures are so beautiful you would want to hang them on your wall. I have read fairy tales all my life but nothing compares to these wonderful tales.
Leife Shallcross
Oh my God, I love this book. Kate Forsyth's magical words and Lorena Carrington's jewel-like illustrations together create a truly bewitching new treasure trove of fairy tales.
I've discovered a couple of new tales, as well as some different versions of old favourites. And Lorena Carrington's illustrations are just something else. I loved them so much I now have a framed print of Vasilisa outside Baba Yaga's hut on my wall. *happy sigh*
Jody Ellis
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely little stories that begin with an overview and history of the tale. You then get the story and finish with some notes.

A fresh take getting back to the roots of tales long lost. It's really nice to have women take the lead too. I hate how modern fairy tales have warped women into helpless bimbos drooling over Prince Charmings who realistically don't do much to impress other than offer a dazzling smile and have a crown on their head.

My only regret is that there weren't more tales to be ha
Marie McLean
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this beautiful book as a birthday gift for my daughter, but in reality, it was as much for me as it was for her.

I regret that only one book survived my childhood. I don’t know what happened to the others. Or whether in fact I had any, other than library books. The one book that did survive is a fairy tale book – Dean’s Gift Book of Fairy Tales. A beautifully illustrated, non-Disney collection of stories that I read over and over as a child, delighting in the colourful pictures. If only
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection of fairytales featuring heroines who don't wait to be saved, but instead take control of their situations with agency and determination. The stories are enchantingly written and capture the fairytale atmosphere well. The intriguing illustrations are well suited to the stories, and make a refreshing change from the images of bright cartoonish Disney princesses which are so ubiquitous. While my local library has categorised this as 'Young adult fiction', I think it ...more
Lissa Sloan
This is a collection of seven tales that turn the stereotypical "princess waiting for rescue" theme on its head. They feature sisters, mothers, and maidens doggedly pursuing their goals with strength and heart. Some of these were (to me) old favorites like Vasilisa the Wise and The Singing, Springing Lark. Others were completely new. I especially enjoyed discovering The Stolen Child and the literary tale The Toy Princess. The tales are retold by Kate Forsyth, one of my favorite fairy tale writer ...more
Elizabeth Hopkinson
I cannot fully express how magical this book is. The choice of tales, the storytelling voice, the illustrations which remind me of Jan Pienkowski and Lotte Reiniger... Even the feel of the book in my hand. There were tales I had heard before and ones I hadn't. I like it that there are little notes on each story by the author and illustrator, saying why they chose the story, why they like it, and how they worked together on it. And I'm just so glad someone made a book to prove false the notion th ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of fairy stories that beg to be read aloud.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a collection of fairy tales about strong female characters - loves it!!
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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include 'Beauty in Thorns', the true love story behind a famous painting of 'Sleeping Beauty'; 'The Beast's Garden', a retelling of the Grimm version of 'Beauty & the Beast', set in the German underground resistance to Hitler i