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The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales

4.92  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  6 reviews
What if Beauty stood up to the Beast, the Princess never tried to sleep on the pea (and wouldn’t have noticed it if she had) and the Swan Maiden took her revenge on the hunter who kidnapped her?

'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales' is a retelling of nine traditional fairy tales with a feminist twist.

Fairy tales open up new worlds full of enchantment and
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published March 8th 2019 by Publisher Obscura
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Danish Ahmed
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the illustration and prose throughout the book. This would be an excellent book to have in a junior school library, to get children to start rethinking notions of gender, identity, and social norms. I'll be passing this onto children in my family, and hope others will do the same.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feminist, inclusive and empowering reimaginings of many of the beloved fairytales I grew up on as a child. As a lover and seeker of fairy tales I was also thrilled to recognize some of the more obscure tales featured here. The stories themselves dont dissapoint - tales told in the older prose, but with modern takes on characters, motivations and themes. From challenging toxic constructions of gender, to explorations of themes such as consent and problem solving, this is a book to be enjoyed for ...more
Monica Bruha
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing retelling of some of mine and my daughters favourite fairy tales.

The characters are real, and princess finally represent the variety of people in the world, young, old, fair, ordinary, straight, gay, disabled, abled.

I tried to pick a favourite for this review... but I can’t.

The original reason for storytelling was to teach the morals required for how to live. I think this modern retelling with strong women who make choices about their life is exactly what we need to be
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book for children and adults of any gender. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories marvelous. A real piece of art.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of fairy tales bravely recasts its heroines as strong, resourceful, independent women. Erin-Claire Barrow's versions of these classic tales lift the narrative out of familiar stereotypes to gently challenge the way in which readers interact with each story. This is a deeply respectful retelling of well-loved fairy tales; it is clear that Barrow delights in the original texts, even as she transforms them into something entirely new. And yet, the real magic of this book rests in it ...more
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Erin-Claire Barrow is an artist and illustrator originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. She paints in watercolours to create whimsical scenes, storybook illustrations, and bring to life the strange creatures of fairy tales and folklore. Erin-Claire is always on the lookout for ways to combine her passions for art and social justice and is particularly interested in how art can be us ...more