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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
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Jul 18, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, fantastic-futuristic, recommended
Recommended for: Anyone

This series has all the characters you know and love from childhood fairytales, but it stands the stories on their heads, or rather it tells them from another perspective.

Take for instance Rumplestiltskin, who in her books is a kindly troll with a tender heart that is too soft to say no when he is begged to take the firstborn of the maidens he helps spin straw into gold and his subsequent trouble with trying to house, feed and cloth them all. He needs the gold to take care of his family. He can't spin it himself and has to enlist the help of maidens who keep giving him kids is gratitude.

The lead character, Cimorine is a smart and headstrong princess that cares not for any of the vapid, shallow princes that she is expected to marry. She runs off to live with the dragon where she learns to be a sorceress and take care of the enchanted forest. In the meantime, the princes keep trying to "rescue" her and she has to be evasive to escape her hum drum life at the palace.

I recommend this as bedtime story material for any parent with kids they read to, especially girls they want to expose confident and sassy role models like Cimorine to.

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