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Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folk Tales for Mothers…

Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folk Tales for Mothers and Daughters to Share (edition 2000)

by Jane Yolen (Editor)

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"In this magical collection, an award-winning author and folklorist joins ranks with her daughter to celebrate the old and new ways of reading stories about mothers and daughters. Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple have selected forty folk and fairy stories from all over the world that pay tribute to mothers (good and bad) and their relations (for better or worse) with their daughters. We meet strong mothers, doting mothers, ambivalent mothers, obsessive mothers, even the quintessential wicked stepmother - and the daughters they raise. Such familiar stories as "Cinderella" and the Greek myth of Persephone come together with less well known tales from Sudan, Palestine, Italy, Africa, India, Russia, China, Japan, and the Americas. You can rediscover an old favorite like "Snow White," from Germany, and then other versions from Armenia and Portugal." "Stemple and Yolen provide a running dialogue that was born in their own reactions as they selected these stories. Their commentaries touch on folklore, family history, psychology, morality and literature - echoing the kinds of interactions mothers and daughters might have as they read this book together."--Jacket.… (more)
Title:Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folk Tales for Mothers and Daughters to Share
Authors:Jane Yolen
Info:Viking Adult (2000), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fairy tales and folklore, anthologies, fantasists, jane yolen, fairy tales folklore and mythology, bedroom library

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Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folk Tales for Mothers and Daughters to Share by Jane Yolen (Editor)



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Book Description: NY: Viking, 2000. Hardbound. Fine/Fine. First Edition. Tall 8vo. small remainder mark else new, unread copy, dj in mylar wrapper, 258 pp w/index, bibliography, "..
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
The genre of fairy tales has been tamed over the years to the point where they are just considered innocent stories for children and nothing more. Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple bring back those fairy tales and look at the originals and variants from all over the world that show that these stories are many things, but they are not for small children. In Mirror, Mirror mother and daughter take a look at the fairy tales that shaped the past of motherhood and the relationships between mothers and daughters and discuss them in light of modern day motherhood and mother/daughter relationships. They discuss everything from abuse to abandonment, coming of age to marriage, rage and love, sex and death. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together to look at their relationships through the “mirror” of the past and to get women talking about each other, their relationship and themselves.

This book is made up of a selection of fairy tales under a certain theme (fiction), followed by a discussion between mother and daughter about the implications of the stories both in the past and today (non-fiction). The later ended up being the real meat of the book, even if the fiction made up the greater amount of pages.

The stories spanned everything from discussions of sex in fairy tales whether on the part of the mother, the daughter, or even once the grandmother, to the different types of girls (and daughters) whether good or bad, caring or abandoning. It also covered the different roles of the mother, whether caring or despising, envious or prideful of their daughters, whether they were biological, step, in-law or foster mother. They discussed all of the main heroines of women's fairy tales and the ways we view ourselves through them whether mother or daughter: Cinderella, Snow White, Persephone, Rapunzel. And, of course, they discussed all of the mixed messages fairy tales can bring.

It was very interesting reading about the tales through the viewpoint of this particular mother and daughter: Jane Yolen gave the view point of the Baby Boomer generation, while Heidi Stemple brought in Generation X. They both talked of their mothers - whether biological, in-law or foster - and discussed their experiences raising daughters, Heidi is currently raising a teenage foster daughter, plus a toddler biological one. They talked about the fairy tales in relation to their own lives and each others, holding up these mirrors to compare and to discuss all the different aspects of womanhood and motherhood. They used the tales as a vehicle to open a dialogue on some typically tough topics of discussion - whether those be premarital sex, old age and death, partner abuse (whether physical or emotional), drugs and growing up in an ever changing America for women. ( )
  exlibrisbitsy | Mar 10, 2010 |
An excellent collection of folktales about mothers and daughters! What makes the book even more wonderful for me are the conversations between Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E.Y. Stemple. They discuss the messages of the tales and apply them in real life. It is especially interesting to observe the relationship between the two editors and the difference between generations. ( )
  thioviolight | Sep 30, 2008 |
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