Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls” as Want to Read:
Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Here are eight forgotten fairy tales, with heroines who are not quiet and passive, but adventurous, intelligent and daring. Stories include a sleeping prince rescued by a princess, sisters who fight a goblin to rescue a bear, and a young girl who outwits a giant to save her family. �A collection of feminist fairytales, forgotten over history, for the modern reader. Perfect ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 14th 2019 by Usborne Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Be the first to ask a question about Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.31  · 
Rating details
 ·  114 ratings  ·  23 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls
Barbara Band
These eight tales are not retellings, rewritings of traditional stories to change gender stereotypes, but are rather original tales in their own right, forgotten over the years. Some are from the Brothers Grimm, others are from different countries and all contain female protagonists who are fierce, fearless, clever and brave. Quite a few of them are princesses but they're not waiting to be rescued; instead they are the ones doing the rescuing. And the stories don't always end up with "they got m ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the forward and introduction to this book – all of which can be read to/by kids (and would be enjoyed by adults). Within the introduction, at times, there was a lovely lyrical tone to some of the writing that I very much enjoyed. There are 8 fairy tales in this book, which originate from a variety of locales: Mexico, Spain, Scotland and England.

Each tale highlights that a girl’s/woman’s HEA doesn’t mean (just) getting married, but being free to have adventures, daring to try some
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous read. A big hardback copy with lovely stand out illustrations.

We have eight forgotten fairy tales told in their own unique way.

No stereotypes in this book which is brilliant.

I read this with my niece. She chatted at parts while I read which was great. She pointed and talked about the wonderful illustrations as well.

A great read for young girls and adults.
Graziella (AuxPetitsBonheurs)
Un recueil de contes féministe où ce sont les princesses qui sauvent les princes, avec de sublimes illustrations !

Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidreads
Enjoyed reading these lesser known tales with my 9 year old daughter! They gave us lots to chat about. :)
Julie J.
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it

Ich habe in den letzten Wochen mehrere Bücher dieser Art gelesen (Märchen, weibliche Hauptfigur, starke-mutige-clevere Protaginistin, Geschichten aus aller Welt, teils wiederentdeckte eher unbekannte Märchen). Dieses ist mein Favorit! Gute Zusammenstellung, eben Märchen aus aller Welt, stringent erzählt, man fiebert sogar teilweise richtig mit. Manche verlieben sich hier auch (in den Prinzen, sind eben Märchen, deren Inhalt nicht verändert wird), andere ziehen in die Welt hinaus auf der Suche
Janika Puolitaival
Kiva kokoelma satukirjaksi pienille. Pari prinsessaa menee naimisiin pelastamansa prinssin kanssa, se onni heille suotakoon. Loput lähtevät seikkailemaan, hallitsevat maata ym.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish I had this book when I was a child.

The stories, indeed, are about daring, strong-willed girls, who are not afraid to pursue their dreams. No stereotypical princesses waiting for some miracle here! I was glad to find that those are not just gender-reversed retellings of popular tales. The stories are not only about finding love (only three of them), but also cover other important topics such as friendship, sisterhood and parents-children relationships.

As for the visual side: The book has
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightful book. If you are familiar with fairytales, nothing in here is new. Slight recording of a few things, but all are true to the original stories I've read before. And they are lovely. The illustrations are nice. Very glad it's on our shelf to pull from. It's not a book where girls are better than boys. It's just a book where girls get to take the adventures and each person uses their particular talents and resources to help the other. And -surprise- not all the princesses get married at ...more
mel. ♡
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Why is it so important that these tales are not forgotten? Because fairy tales fire our imaginations, and they can shape our understanding and our expectations for our lives.”

This was something really lovely to finish the year reading and start the new year reading, too. Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls was a book given to the class I TA and I wanted to give it a read before the children have access to it when we return (alongside another book I’ll be reading and reviewing i
Jessica Howard
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, read-alouds, kids
This book is truly delightful! My 7 year old daughter and I have read it slowly aloud to each other, over the course of several months. As the foreword explains, many of the most famous fairy tales were popularized by Victorians, who preferred their women compliant and tame, so these classic tales were left out of popular fairy tale volumes, and thus are little known today. They each feature a tough and resilient heroine -- and often she has to go on a quest to rescue a knight/prince who has bee ...more
I absolutely love the empowering stories for girls in this book. They are great stories in general but they also show girls being clever, smart, independent, determined, and so many other great qualities. My daughter asks me to read one story every night, and whenever we finish the book we start all over the next night. Highly recommended.
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this collection. This girls all seek adventure and are brave and clever. They are all different and their stories are really different, even tough some had a lot of similarities. These stories are mainly sofrem Europe and I had heard two before but they are different from what I remembered. I liked that there are princesses and common girls but they are all great role models.
Emily Foster
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the fact that the fairy tales were all the women who did the rescuing and the feminist elements, however, I found the stories very similar so did get a bit bored but a nice book to read one or two of.
Carrie Lynn
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know I would love this as much as I did. I thought the stories would just be fairytales I knew with the genders mixed up but they were ACTUAL forgotten characters with women at the helm of adventure- rescuing or working with princes/men. My girls were very very into it
Jas Shearsmith
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful more modern take on less known fairytales. Kate Pankhurst has really brought these fairytales to life through clever reconstruction and provided snippets of insight into who first recorded the original tales in writing. An important read for boys and girls alike.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book a lot, it has a lot of good morals, my favorite story is the wise princess one.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I love the original stories in this book! The illustrations are fantastic and the stories are entertaining. I would recommend this book for anyone with children ages 4 and up.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The girls and I enjoyed this one!
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is creepy. Like the King pot his own dater in a cave and seals the door and she almost died. That is terable!!!!!
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the stories are WOW
My daughter and I read this collection of obscure fairy tales together. While each had a girl or a princess, it didn’t follow the typical scenario of prince saving the girl - the girl would save herself or even save the prince. It was a nice little collection but I can also see why these tales were forgotten!

Popsugar Challenge 2020: a 20+ letter title
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading all the stories with my daughter. I love the courageous main characters who save the prince and stay friends. Not every fairy tale has to end in them falling in love and getting married!
rated it it was amazing
Sep 16, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Dec 28, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Dec 31, 2020
Mr Gavin Clerkin
rated it it was amazing
Apr 07, 2021
Zoey Lee
rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2020
rated it it was amazing
Jun 30, 2020
Karina (readingraindrops)
rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2020
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Belles (The Belles, #1)
  • Forgotten Fairy Tales Of Kindness and Courage
  • This Tender Land
  • The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)
  • Hotel Flamingo
  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12)
  • The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
  • Christmas Shopaholic
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • How to Be an Antiracist
  • Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls from Around the World
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
See similar books…
Kate Pankhurst is a British writer and illustrator, known for a series of children's picture books. She won second place in the 2002 Macmillan Prize for Picture Book Illustration. ...more

Related Articles

  Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made...
45 likes · 65 comments