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Beyond the Glass Slipper by Kate Wolford
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"The important thing to remember is that fairy tales are living stories." - that is a quote from, and one of the main messages of Beyond the Glass Slipper.

Which is a fairly odd book, in terms of structure, as I simple expected it to be a collection of fairytales, as it states it is - but it's so much more than that - which is both good and bad, and I'll explain why.

The book starts with some background about fairytales, studying them and the fact that there are far more fairytales than just the ten iconic ones we're used to seeing in the media - ones that are none the worse than the popular ones do exist and should be celebrated as well.

This analysis of fairytales continues further into the book, and, in fact, precedes every fairytale. A wonderful choice for both book clubs as well as classrooms, as it has many discussion questions and facts - but I think I would have preferred this info to go after the fairytale, not before - as now we get mini-spoilers before every single one. Of course, if you're not reading an ebook version, then flipping several pages back and reading them afterwards would not be too hard. The insights are incredibly valuable and I wouldn't have been able to see the fairytales like I did without them - but it's not quite what I expected from this book. Maybe there's too much focus on the insights and too little on the fairytales themselves. However, considering what it is, it's a job done amazingly well.
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Reading Progress

September 15, 2016 – Shelved
September 15, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
March 26, 2017 – Shelved as: owned-ebooks-unread
April 29, 2018 – Started Reading
April 30, 2018 – Shelved as: books-of-2018
April 30, 2018 – Shelved as: fairytale-retellings-tbr
April 30, 2018 – Shelved as: owned-ebooks-read
May 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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