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Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from…

by Kathleen Ragan (Editor)

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  TeachrBkMom | Jul 23, 2015 |
Book Description: W.W. NORTON & COMPANY LTD 2000 UK. new Paperback NEW ED A multicultural collection of folktales and fairytales celebrating strong heroines. Foreword by Jane Yolen.

Book Description: New Paperback. Published by W.W. NORTON & CO. (paper). . New, not a used item. Multiple copies may be available.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
This is a major collection of tales: folk, fairy, legend, oral history--in which women are the central character and the main problem solvers. Ragan has attempted to get stories from all over the world, and pretty much succeeds, except for not finding too many in South America. Ragan attaches a little homily to the end of each tale, which I sometimes find annoying, especially since sometimes glides over awkward issues. Nonetheless, this is an excellent choice for those wanting stories featuring strong, forceful, and clever women. ( )
1 vote juglicerr | Dec 3, 2008 |
A very enjoyable book, if you like folktales. Ragan (why do all the webpages list Jane Yolen as the editor, when she only wrote the introduction?) collected folktales from around the world that specifically feature a heroine. By this, she means a female is the protagonist of the story, not just a character, and that the girl takes action. In addition, the majority of the pieces she included are told from a woman's perspective. Ragan makes the point that when a man tells the story, even if it has a female protagonist, the woman's efforts are often belittled or overlooked. She does include a couple stories told by the man's perspective to illustrate this point. After every 2-3 page tale, Ragan writes a small summation, analyzing the story, generally from a feminist's perspective.

There are some great stories in here, variants of famous fairy tales like "Red Riding Hood" and "Rumpelstiltskin", great brag stories that this time feature impressive women, trickster tales, and a variety of others. My favorites generally came from the Asian stories and the Middle Eastern tales, although I liked the European tales, not surprisingly, since I'm most familiar with those. Of course, those were just my favorites; I thought all the folktales were fun to read.

This book is easy to pick up for small moments of reading, since it is composed of a multitude of small stories. Perfect for a new mom who has a four month baby claiming her attention. On the other hand, it also meant that it took a long time to read. Well worth the wait. ( )
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Tales from Europe
The Stolen Bairn and the Sìdh (Scotland)     p.3
The Three Sisters and Their Husbands, Three Brothers (Ireland)     p.11
The Corpse Watchers (Ireland)     p.18
The Crookened Back (Ireland)     p.21
The Horned Woman (Ireland)     p.26
Whuppity Stoorie (Scotland)     p.29
Molly Whuppie (England)     p.33
The Treasure of Downhouse (England)     p.36
The Hand of Glory (England)     p.36
Tamlane (England)     p.40
The Night Troll (Iceland)     p.43
The Grateful Elfwoman (Iceland)     p.45
"My Jon's Soul" (Iceland)     p.46
The Ghost at Fjelkinge (Sweden)     p.48
Little Red Cap (Germany)     p.50
The Wood Maiden (Czechoslovakia)     p.54
The Pigeon's Bride (Yugoslavia)     p.63
How the King Chose a Daugher-in-Law (Romania)     p.73
Marichka (Gypsy)     p.75
Davit (Georgia)     p.77
Anait (Caucasus)     p.81
The Fortune Teller (Russia)     p.92
The Tsarítsa Harpist (Russia)     p.96
Tales from North and South America
Native Americans
The Vampire Skeleton (Iroquois)     p.101
The Flying Head (Iroquois)     p.105
Where the Girl Saved her Brother (Cheyenne)     p.107
Chief Joseph's Story of Wallowa Lake (Nez Percé)     p.110
The Origin of the Potlatch (Quillayute)     p.114
The Princess and the Mountain Dweller (People of the Northwest Coast)     p.116
The Princess and the Magical Hat (People of the Northwest Coast)     p.126
The Lytton Girls Who Were Stolen by Giants (Salishan People)     p.137
The Legend of the Coppermine River (Inuit)     p.139
The Huntress (Inuit)     p.142
Story of a Female Shaman (Reindeer Chukchee)     p.147
The Magic Eagle (Timotean People, Venezuela)     p.149
New World Newcomers
"I'm Tipingee, She's Tipingee, We're Tipingee, Too" (Haiti)     p.153
The Innkeeper's Wise Daughter (Jewish-American)     p.156
Molly Cotton-Tail Steals Mr. Fox's Butter (African-American)     p. 160
Tales from Asia
A Rani's Revenge (Orissa, India) p.167
How Parvatibai Outwitted the Dacoits (Maharashtra, India) p.170
The Close Alliance: a Tale of Woe (Punjab, India) p.173
The Barber's Clever Wife (Punjab, India) p.177
A Wonderful Story (India) p.184
The Importance of Light (Tamil Nadu, India) p.189
The Child of Death (Vietnam) p. 192
The Story of Princess Amaravedi (Cambodia) p. 195
The Tale of the Oki Islands ( Japan) p.199
The Monkey Bridegroom (Japan) p.203
The Mirror of Matsuyama: a Story of Old Japan (Japan) p.206
The Tiger and the Coal Peddler's Wife (Korea) p.217
The Plucky Maiden (Korea) p. 219
The Phoneix and her City (Hui People, China) p. 222
Sailimai's Four Precious Things (Hui People, China) p.228
A Woman's Love (Uighur People, China) p.230
Maiden Liu, the Songster (Yao People, China) p.240
The Festival of Pouring Water (Yunnan, China) p.245
A Polite Idiosyncrasy (Kwangtung, China) p.247
The Young Head of the Family (Kwangtung, China) p.248
Altyn-Aryg (Altaian People, Siberia) p. 252
The Wife Who Stole a Heart (Kalmuck People, Siberia) p.254
Tales from the Pacific
Hiiaka Catching a Ghost (Hawaii) p.259
Hiiaka and the Seacoast Kupuas (Hawaii) p.263
A Calabash of Poi (Hawaii) p.267
Rau-Whato (Maori people, New Zealand) p.270
How Pulap Acquired the Art of Navigation (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia) p.272
Rola and the Two Sisters (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia) p.274
The Old Woman and the Giant (Philippines) p.277
The Magic Coin (Philippines) p.279
The Creation of Lake Asbold (Asmat People, Irian Jaya, Indonesia) p.282
Senan and Aping (Kenyah People, Sarawak, Malaysia) p.284
Ubong and the Head-Hunters (Kenyah People, Sarawak, Malaysia) p.290
Kumaku and the Giant (Fiji) p.294
Revival and Revenge (Kewa People, Papua, New Guinea) p.296
Uzu, the White Dogai (Torres Straits, Australia) p.299
The Black Snake Man and His Wife, the Dove (Murjkan People, Australia) p.301
The Mogwoi's Baby (Arnhem Land, Australia) p.305
Biriwilg (Told by Women) (Arnhem Land, Australia) p.307
Tales from Sub-Saharan Africa
The Woman, Her Husband, Their Children and the Dodo (Hausa People, Nigeria) p.311
Ku-Chin-Da-Gayya and Her Elder Sister and the Dodos (Hausa People, Nigeria) p.316
Moremi and the Egunguns (Yoruba People, Nigeria) p.320
The Spider, Kayi, and the Bush Fowl (Limba People, Sierra Leone) p.324
The Story of Two Women (Limba People, Sierra Leone) p.325
The Man Killed for a Spinach Leaf (Limba People, Sierra Leone) p.331
The Leopard Woman (Liberia) p.338
The Midwife of Dakar (Senegal) p.340
A Woman for a Hundred Cattle (Swahili) p.342
Wacu and the Eagle (Agikuyu People, Kenya) p.348
Elephant and Hare (Maasai People, Kenya) p.352
Nonikwe and the Great One, Marimba (Zulu) p.354
How the Milky Way Came to Be (South Africa) p.359
Nanbolele, Who Shines in the Night (Basotho People, Lesotho) p.360
Jackal and Hen (Bosotho People, Lesotho) p.366
Tales from North Africa and the Middle East
Women's Wiles (Syria) p.371
The Feslichanci Girl (Turkey) p.375
The Story of the City of Nothing-in-the-World (Persia) p.387
The "Pink Pearl" Prince (Iran) p.389
Who is Blessed with the Realm, Riches, and Honor? (Israel) p. 393
The Sotry of the King, Hamed bin Bathara, and of the Fearless Girl (Arab) p.396
The Sultan's Daughter (Sudan) p.401
Yousif Al-Saffani (Sudan) p.401
The Miser Who Married (Iraq) p.413
The Sign of the Tassel (Iraq) p.417
(pagination from the Norton trade paperback, 2000)
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Collects 100 tales from around the world, including Africa, Western Europe, Native American cultures, Asia, and the Middle East, that feature a heroine.

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